My husband came up with the challenge idea this week as something we could do together. He generally does the grilling in our household, and we prepped everything together for this as well. He definitely earned some brownie points with me!
We both love burgers, and one of our favorites is pineapple teriyaki burgers. So…we tried TWO recipes for the same thing…at the same time. Had to go overachiever-style like Nikita this week. :) The first one was good, but it had too many flavors going on, mainly too much ginger. The second was better. And props to my husband for grilling them perfectly. We’ll keep trying new recipes for this over time until we find THE ONE.
For some strange reason when I mentioned that I would be making gourmet burgers someone went straight to mushrooms. I do love mushrooms but are they always the first thing that people think of with gourmet burgers?
All that aside, when I read "gourmet burgers" I immediately thought of Rachael Ray. That chick knows a thing or two about burgers, gourmet or not. In the case of the burger that I chose, Rachael is inspired by one of the most uncomplicated sandwiches of all time. The Cubano. The Cubano is a pretty straight forward sandwich. The burger that Rachael makes has the ingredients of a Cubano and more. So many fresh ingredients and you'll find that this is a surprisingly healthy burger as well.
I know Gigi is allergic to mango so I'd suggest substituting mango with pineapple. If you can find an already made pineapple salsa that would be even better still. My photo doesn't do the burger justice. You will just have to trust me.
As I mentioned last week, Matt has been traveling A. LOT. He is our grill master in the House of Hays, and you can't have a Gourmet Burger without the grill (in my opinion.) This challenge was put upon us at the perfect time because we had some Omaha Gourmet Burgers gifted to us by my mother for Christmas AND we needed a simple weekend meal to relax and enjoy the paradise that is Phoenix. Matt took time out of his weekend to slave over a hot grill to make these beauties. Now I like mine with lettuce and tomato....Heinz 57 & french fried potatoes! (wink wink, parrot heads) We also added asiago cheese, avocado, mayo & mustard. And of course - a sesame bun! I bought the $2.49 Pepperidge Farms buns instead of the usual Kroger generic $0.89 buns we typically use for pork sandwiches or sloppy joes. Talk about an upgrade! Check out this big mouth gobbling up his cheeseburger. Like Gigi says, "He has no personality." HA! Not much of a recipe here to follow, but definitely worth a Saturday Bite!
The reason I'm not a vegetarian. No hate to the vegs.. But burgers..
Love this weeks challenge.
For my burgers I made simple burgers, ground beef sprinkled with fresh ground pepper and course salt. It's the toppings that set these beauts apart.
First let me clarify. I made sliders and Randy ended up cutting his little burger in half to have twice as many.
Sliders were served on Hawaiian sweet rolls and topped with swiss cheese, caramelized onions and homemade aioli. Randy added lettuce to his. Plain ole boring iceburg lettuce. It's his favorite. I also make Parmesan coated beans in replace of french fries
So many wonderful fancy gourmet burgers.
The difference between ordinary and gourmet when it comes to burgers is in the toppings. And the time it takes to kick your burger up several notches is minimal.
We would love to see what you've made. Please feel free to share
Until next week when Amy has us preparing non-muffin muffins
Jen, Amy, Nikita and Georgia
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