Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off for the Summer season and Asheville native, Traci McConnell, has hatched a burger that sounds like something we might all like to try some time over the summer. It is an out of the box burger and it just might be on the menu for my family fest after leaving work At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn on July 4th. Thank you Traci for this new slant on an old favorite: The Burger.
Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers:
1 pound of ground sirloin
1/2 pound of ground pork
1/2 c. of red onion chopped very finely
4 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup of panko bread crumbs
3/4 tsp.of garlic minced
1/2 tsp. of fresh ground pepper
3/4 tsp. of Anything Goes spice rub. Just in case you don't have a Fresh market near to you this spice rub contains blend of sea salt, sweet paprika, cumin, fennel, brown sugar, coriander, mint, red chili flakes, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne for an added kick so have fun with it and adlib.
2 T. spicy brown mustard
4 T. of Hawwaiian Teriyaki sauce
6 fresh pineapple rings thinly sliced
3 T. fresh cilantro
Making the Patties:
Combine sirloin, pork, onion, bacon, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, pepper, spice rub, mustard and teriyaki sauce.
Handle meat as little as possible to avoid compacting.
Divide mixture into 6 equal parts and form patties making them slightly larger than the bun you plan to use.
When grill is heated up (gas or charcoal)place patties on rack, cover and cook turning only once. Approx. 7 mins on each side until internal temp of 165 degrees is reached. Now, truthfully, if you want a less done burger it goes without saying that you will reduce the time. For commercial purposes, I must give you the totally done burger instructions.
Grill pineapple slices on the grill as well for about 2-3 mins on each side.
Assembly of the burger:
Place burger on bun
Place grilled pineapple ring on top. Brush top bun with teriyaki sauce, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. cilantro. Serve to your adoring crowd, stand back and watch the fireworks go off.
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