Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spice It Up Burger

Perhaps you live in an area that doesn't carry exotic foods or vegetables; or maybe, you aren't interested in new ingredients, but would like some new flavors or ways of cooking your common foods nonetheless. 

A great way to change things up is thru a collection of spices and condiments that take your food to a whole new place! Spice up the mayo, or use something other than ketchup, or, change the flavor profile with spices other than salt & pepper!

I found a great addition to my spice collection called "Ethiopian BERBERE" after reading Marcus Samuellsons' memoir 'Yes, Chef'. I then, decided it would make my California Dreamin' Burger with bacon and Heinz 57 Sauce incredible and awesome!

Key to this turkey burger is making the patties "diner-thin" so that they're coated in flavor while the meat comes to room temperature...then piling on the goodness after you have seared them in a touch of bacon fat to perfection. Feeling extra hungry...make it a double!  

California Dreamin' Burger Spiced Up

Large skillet
Wax paper or Seran wrap
Flat plate or surface or rolling pin 
Large mouth

Multi-Grain Hamburger Rolls, toasted
1-2 lbs ground turkey breast
6-8 slices bacon
1 avocado, sliced
6-8 slices Swiss Cheese
Ethiopian Berbere spice

Red Onion, thinly sliced
Cucumber, thinly sliced
Peppers, thinly sliced
Jalape├▒os, thinly sliced

Lemonaise or Mayo
Heinz 57 Sauce

1. Wash your hands.
2. Sear the bacon and drain. 

3. Wipe the skillet to remove excess bacon drippings. Do not wash skillet!
4. Form your thin patties and season with salt, pepper and Berbere. 

5. Prep remaining veggies. 
6. Toast the rolls.

7. Heat skillet and sear turkey patties 2-3 minutes each side until golden brown.

8. Layer Swiss Cheese on patties just before finishing. 
9. Start building this thing!

10. Don't forget the Heinz 57 Sauce. The crowning moment!

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