It’s funny how some recipes come to be. A few weeks ago we were having some people over from Germany. When we have anyone from Germany (my husband has a team there so we do fairly often), I try to make something with beef since beef is much more expensive there and therefore they don’t often get to have it. We also try to make something “American.” The problem was I wasn’t craving that at all, I was craving Mexican food. I wanted the spicy mixed with bright acidity and since I am cooking, we have what I am craving. I still wanted to give them something that checked off the boxes, and Viola! this incredibly delicious burger came to be. Since then I have been perfecting this burger and I have to say, I’m excited to make it every time I do.
Burgers are one of the most perfect of foods. Delicious umami ground beef with crispy lettuce. It’s an American delicacy and I don’t take on this responsibility lightly. I have made a lot of burgers in my day, many of them very tasty, but none of them with this explosion of flavor. The burger patty isn’t just a vessel to show off the toppings. In this burger, it’s giving just as much flavor as the delicious mayo, roasted poblano pepper, and avocado. The bacon being pulverized into the patty adds a smoky, richness to the patty that will change your preconceived notions of a burger. Adding the mushrooms with the bacon adds not only the awesome nutrients mushrooms are jam packed with, but it also adds more savory flavor and moisture making this burger experience unlike any you have had before.
Don’t expect to have clean hands when eating this burger. As far as I am concerned, eating a burger should be messy. You should be licking your fingers as the sauce and burger juices melt together and drip out with every bite. This burger takes focus to eat, but it’s so worth the extra napkins. If you serve these at your next barbecue, I can assure you that you will wow your guests. Note that when I say “Spicy” I mean spicy. If you aren’t into spicy foods, just reduce the cayenne pepper or omit it completely. I love spicy food, and this burger with the cool mayo, smoky poblano pepper, creamy avocado, is at perfect balance with the extra spicy patty, but if you decide to omit the cayenne, you will still get all that awesome flavor. Also, these burgers are huge. You carnivore friends will be so excited, but if this seems a bit large, I often make these into six burgers instead of four. It just depends on how hungry I am. These would also be super fun as sliders, making smaller Puffed Buns and eight or even twelve mini burgers. This recipe is easy to adapt as you need.
Serve lettuce wrapped (really yummy with Napa Cabbage or Iceberg with the crispy, cool leaves) or make a few of my Puffed Buns. They are strong enough to handle all of this saucy goodness. I also love making it into a salad, using the Chipotle Lime Mayo as dressing. Cut up the patty and dice up the poblano pepper and avocado, toss with some spinach and/ or romaine. It’s a delicious and super filling lunch or dinner.
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Happy Feasting my friends.
Until next time,