Spicy House Burgers

Fresno PeppersOK – I was so hungry, I forgot to take a picture of this one.  But trust me.  It was pretty.

We are hardcore hamburger enthusiasts, and to be honest, we have a hard time finding a better burger than what we make at the house.  In general, recipes for hamburgers are a little silly, since it really just comes down to ingredients and technique.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. 90/10 grass-fed ground beef (yes it matters)
  • Salt and pepper (more than you think)
  • 6 to 9 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 1 red fresno pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced (optional)
  • 4 to 8 oz. white sharp cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 3 whole wheat kaiser rolls
  • Butter, enough to spread on rolls.
  • Sliced vine-ripened tomato
  • Mixed baby greens (spinach, frisee, arugula, red leaf lettuce, bibb lettuce)

Procedure

  1. Mix diced peppers and mayonnaise.  Put in fridge to get happy.
  2. Heat large flame-proof skillet to med-high heat.  Divide beef into three equal portions and pat into thin patties.  Slap down in the pan, salt-and-pepper side down.  Preheat broiler.
  3. Vigorously salt and pepper top side.  Hit each patty with 2 to 3 dashes of Worcestershire.  Cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, butter rolls.  Toast under broiler, about 20 seconds or so.
  5. Flip burgers, cover, and cook for another two minutes or so.  Uncover burgers and continue to cook.
  6. Top burgers with sliced jalapenos, if desired.  Also top with sliced cheese.  Slide pan under broiler until cheese melts a bit, about 15 seconds.
  7. Spread spicy mayo on both sides of roll.  Top with spring mix and tomato.

We serve with roasted potatoes (house recipe – to follow).  But it’s always good with French fries or sweet potato fries.

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