So we can't have a series of recipes related to summertime grilling and not talk about burgers. The burger is a classic and a staple for summertime cookouts. While a simple beef burger with no frills can make for a delicious meal, sometimes its fun to get creative. Since my wife won't eat any beef burger I make, I figured this was also an opportunity to add a little extra heat to my meal, as well. (Don't worry I made her a Quinoa Black Bean Burger) Since the Teeny Tiny Spice Company describes their Whoopass Spice as the "Flavor of the United States" I figured this seasoning MUST compliment a burger well. I've also picked up a tip at a party recently that mixing some pork with the beef gives the burger a great taste and texture (again, for something a little different).
Finally, I topped the burger with Vermont Cheddar Cheese, as well some sweet Maple BBQ Sauce and caramelized onion to create a nice sweet contrast with spice of the burger. You can adjust the amount of spice to your taste...I tend to tread a little lightly, but found the burger had more than enough heat for me! (If you don't have the Whoopass, you can play around with mixing in a few different chili powders, salt, pepper and cumin...but do so at your own risk!)
What you'll need:
- 1lb Ground Beef
- 1/2lb Ground Pork
- 1.5Tbsp Teeny Tiny Spice Whoopass*
- 1 Onion, halved & sliced
- Cheddar Cheese
- BBQ Sauce*
- 5 Burger Buns (preferably toasted/grilled at time of serving)
- Olive Oil
How you'll do it:
- Caramelize Onion. (I like to cook in a skillet with a little butter over low heat for about 45 min or until onion is soft and brown) While onions are caramelizing:
- Heat grill to medium heat.
- In a large bowl mix beef, pork and Whoopass seasoning. Massage together using hands until all three are mixed together evenly.
- With meat mixture form 5 equally sized patties. Brush patties with olive oil
- Cook burgers as desired. I like medium-rare, so one a charcoal grill I cook on direct heat (medium-to-medium high) for about 3 minutes on one side and 4 minutes on indirect heat (medium to medium low). Top with cheese for final minute.
- Place cooked burgers on bun, top with caramelized onion & BBQ sauce and enjoy!
*Pick your favorite, but we're big fans of Sugar Bob's Smoked Maple BBQ Sauce!