Sunday, May 11, 2008

Best burger ever!

This is Scott writing. Today (Mother’s Day) I ate the best burger I’ve ever tasted. I’ve eaten more than my fair share of burgers, and this one takes the cake. How did this happen and what was so special about this burger?

Brynn, Callie, and I went shopping yesterday for Hillary’s brunch. (It was supposed to be brunch but Callie woke up at 6:00AM so it ended up being breakfast.) Anyway, the plan was to make Hillary a Dutch Baby topped with blackberries, strawberries, and whipped cream along with mimosas, maple blueberry sausage, and bacon. This was going to be quite a feast and had me taking the kids all around the city yesterday for the berries (Costco), champagne for the mimosas (Colorado Liquor Outlet) and the bacon and sausage (Whole Foods). I got a little too excited at Whole Foods and bought 1 lb of bacon and 1 lb of sausage. Whoops. That is 2 lbs of pig, and there are only 4 of us, and 2 of the 4 are quite small. Needless to say, we had some leftovers.

The leftover bacon came in handy tonight, and I was glad I didn’t stuff myself with it at breakfast. We took the extra bacon and used it as a topping for bison burgers, combined with avacodo, grilled red onions, tomatoes, and Memphis BBQ sauce (which Hillary made from scratch a few days ago for our ribs). Put it all together, and you’ve got the best burger ever. Here’s the recipe:

Best Burger Ever

Whole wheat burger bun
¼ lb ground bison patty with salt, pepper, and garlic mixed in (if you can’t get bison, use grass-fed beef…don’t go near that CAFO beef)
2 strips of cooked bacon (from a free-range, happy pig of course)
¼ avocado spread onto bun
1/3 red onion, grilled
4 tomato slices
1 piece red leaf lettuce
Memphis style bbq sauce (see recipe below)

Memphis Style BBQ Sauce
(makes 24 ounces – just enough to fill an empty ketchup bottle)

1 C cider vinegar
½ C prepared yellow mustard
1/3 C sugar
1/3 C brown sugar
1/3 C ketchup
2T worsershire sauce
1T molasses
8 drops smoked chipotle Tabasco sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp cumin
12 turns black pepper

Simmer to thicken if desired. If you don't have time, just mix it together and enjoy!


Michael said...

i cannot encourage the type of behavior that would put an avocado on a hamburger... i just can't.

otherwise it sounds delicious.

I think i'll make that bbq sauce when we run out of our ketchup... maybe use 16 drops of tabasco :).

Hillary Dickman said...

Avocados ROCK!! And, I learned over spring break that they keep for a long time in the refrigerator. I buy a bag of them from Costco every three weeks or so.

I would use 16 drops of Tabasco, too...if Callie weren't part of our family. She's SO sensitive to spice. Not sure where she came from.