July 4th is National BBQ day-no surprise there! What is on your BBQ menu? Cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans? Hot dogs, ribs, brisket, burgers?
Today I share my favorite burger recipe. It was a recipe I created in 2006, for Sutter Home Winery Build-a-Better-Burger contest. I jokingly titled it, “No Date Tonight Burger”. I named it for not only the obvious reason–I didn’t have a date (days before hubby), but also because I was craving my favorite steakhouse items–bacon blue cheese spinach salad, fried onion blossom, ribeye steak, and sautéed mushrooms, all paired with a nice glass of red wine. So I made a date with myself in the kitchen, combined all my steakhouse cravings and this recipe was born. It is my go-to burger recipe. Yes, it’s a version of a stuffed burger, but it was long before these were all the rage and before all the gadgets to create them had been invented. I sometimes substitute beer for wine or other steaks for the ribeye, but the basics are the same. My hubby’s favorite way to enjoy this burger is like a hamburger steak–no bun, topped with lots of mushroom gravy and a slice of cornbread for mopping the plate. I like it over a slice of garlic bread. For this edition I used leftover onion rolls from the freezer with sweet potato fries as a side, or you can try Cheesy Souffled Potatoes http://wp.me/p57UhS-vE or Loaded Mashed Potato Fries http://wp.me/p57UhS-FK
NO DATE TONIGHT STEAKHOUSE BURGER:
Here are some tips to accompany the recipe. The most important step is to have a very cold steak and an ice cold blade for food processor. (So process the spinach and fried onion rings first.) Freeze the blade for 30 minutes to an hour. The steak can also be put in the freezer, but I simply put it on a cold plate and put it back in the refrigerator after cutting it into cubes. Wrap bacon around blue cheese. Pulse steak with wine in food processor until coarsely ground. Add meat to onion and spinach mixture. Blend well with hands. Stuff burgers with cheese. Put an indentation in each burger before cooking. I love it how one steak can feed the family. Here is the recipe:
Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: What other veggies would be good in the burger? Carrots? Zucchini? Mushrooms? How about kale instead of spinach? Don’t like mushrooms? Use onions instead. What other meat and cheese combinations besides blue cheese and bacon? Ham and swiss? Roast beef and cheddar? Mozzarella and prosciutto?…doesn’t some of those fillings just make you think of other sauces to try? Like mozzarella and proscuito burger topped with marinara or the roast beef and cheddar topped with pimento cheese sauce?
FOOD FUN: Have a burger contest at your BBQ. Get together, grill, and celebrate America. If you have BBQ leftovers, especially baked beans, check out http://wp.me/p57UhS-M2 for BBQ Leftovers ideas and 10 Uses for Leftover Baked Beans.