Thursday, August 15, 2013

spicy beef and pork burgers

These burgers were part of my "it's summer and I wish I had a grill" weekend a few weeks back. I must admit, in the meat department, I usually defer to Mike. As hard as I try, I overcook burgers more often than not, so we collaborated on the recipe and then I observed his cooking method like a hawk.  Feel free to steal his tricks..

spicy beef and pork burgers
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 hamburger bun, soaked in milk and squeezed out
1 tsp spicy BBQ seasoning
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp ground pepper
1 tsp cayenne pepper
a few shakes of worcestershire
2 tbsp butter
a few sprigs of thyme
pepper jack cheese, sliced (about 8 slices of the block)
a few handfuls of arugula
one tomato sliced
whole wheat hamburger buns
  • preheat pan on stove top with butter & thyme
  • mix beef, pork, soaked bread, worcestershire and seasonings in a bowl and form two burger patties
  • season outsides with salt and pepper and place in pan-let them cook for on low-medium for about 5-6 minutes
  • flip burgers and tilt pan toward you so butter is pooled at the edge
  • using a spoon, spoon the butter over the burgers, basting the meat for a minute or so
  • repeat this a few times
  • after the second side is cooking for about 5-6 minutes, add cheese and let melt (you can also put a pot lid on top to steam/speed up the melting)
  • serve with the tomato and arugula (and BBQ sauce, of course!)

chili rubbed corn
2 pieces of corn, shucked
4 pats of butter
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • microwave corn with butter pats for 8-10 minutes
  • mix spices together in a small bowl, once corm is cooked and slightly cool rub spice mixture over corn and serve

pan-roasted brocollini
1 bunch of brocollini, diced
1 tbsp butter
salt and pepper for seasoning
  • toss all ingredients into a pre-heated pan on medium for 7 minutes, tossing ocassionally
  • serve alongside corn and burgers

All of these recipes would be amazing on the grill--I would refrain from dicing the brocollini and rub the corn with some butter prior to putting it on the grill

Happy Grilling!

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