This past weekend one of our goals was to experiment with burger combinations. It's really interesting to think of all the different combinations that can go into a burger. By changing the type of meat, spice, raw ingredients, and sauce, the results are endless. Three of us were doing the taste testing. We all have a bit of 'foodie' in us so it was interesting to see how much each of us differed in our personal preferences.
This Breakfast Burger rated high on my list. I wanted to try a burger with a fried egg but I wasn't sure how that would taste with the burger. Surprisingly, the fried egg was what moved this burger up in my rankings.
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Weekend Breakfast Burger (makes 4 burgers) Burger 1 1/4 pound pork sausage 1 Anaheim pepper - finely chopped 2 tsp dried oregano 1/2 clove garlic - minced 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper Sauce 3 tbsp mayonnaise 1/2 clove garlic - minced Salt and pepper Topping 1 tbsp of butter 4 eggs 4 slices of smoked Gouda cheese 8 slices of prosciutto 4 Kaiser rolls 1 tbsp of butter for the rolls
Mix pork sausage with other burger ingredients being careful not to over mix. Divide into 4 equal size portions and press into patties. The patties should be about 1/2 thick with a slight indent in the middle. The indent will prevent the patty from puffing up during cooking.
Mix sauce ingredients and set aside.
Butter the buns.
Preheat your grill for about 5 minutes on medium high heat. Place your burgers on the grill and cook the first side for about 7 minutes. After you flip the burgers, place the cheese on top of the burgers to melt. Cook burgers on the second side for about 4 minutes.
Heat the skillet for your eggs and melt 1 tbsp of butter. Once you turn the burgers, gently break the eggs into the skillet. Once the egg whites are opaque flip the egg and finish cooking for 30 seconds. Grill prosciutto for 30 seconds right before you pull the burgers off the grill.
Place buns on grill to toast for a minute or two. Watch carefully so that the buns do not burn. Pull off the heat when toasted.
Spread the sauce on the each side of the buns.
On the bottom bun stack the burger, prosciutto, egg and then the top bun.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.