Anyone who knows me understands that I absolutely love spicy food. I include jalapenos, red pepper flakes, chili peppers, cayenne pepper or any type of spice that will increase the heat of whatever I’m eating every chance I get. And yes, I use Franks Red, and I literally do put that sh*t on everything. Last year, after months and months of downing veggie burgers every chance I got, I re-discovered my love for real, 100% beef burgers. As a child I was a simple burger girl, meaning I wanted a bun, a burger patty, and lots of ketchup. But as I’m growing so is my palette, and the plain old ketchup burger just isn’t working for me anymore. I love jalapenos on my burgers, especially with cheese. It cuts the spice so it’s not too overpowering but your burger still has a bite. So, thanks to my almost preservative free household, I realized the other day that I’d likely have to start making my own burger patties. I haven’t done this before successfully. I want to make a burger, and when people eat it, they’re like “Wow Kelsey, you rock my freaking socks off.” I sat and pondered and thought, what do I love on a burger? And then I thought, how can I keep it real? So the answer to my first question: cheese, bacon, some sort of tasty sauce, spicy jalapenos, onions. And to my second: homemade patties, grass fed beef, turkey bacon, homemade sauce. And so my beef burger making adventure began…
The first thing I did was go on an intense search for the perfect recipe (not really, I literally googled “Jalapeno burgers” and then switched it up a bit to make it my own. I added onion, jalapeno, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, rice bread crumbs (I’m sure any bread crumbs will do) and 1 egg to my 1 lb of beef. I made seven 4.5 oz burgers. They were gone in 3 days. My boyfriend loved them so much he had seconds both Friday and Saturday. I had the last one for lunch on Sunday. They are, quite frankly, burgers that make you go “Wow, Kelsey, you rock my freaking socks off.” If I do say so myself. I glazed the burgers with my guy’s favourite barbecue sauce.
I fried the burgers in a skillet. I longed for a barbecue over the weekend, but unfortunately that would violate the building code in my apartment complex, so I settled on my stove and plan on bringing these babies to camp this winter in hopes that we can see the barbecue before next spring. I served the burgers with a side of sweet potato fries, I coated the fries with cornstarch before drizzling with olive oil and my favourite spices, as this helps crisp them up.
For the sweet potato fries….
1 sweet potato per person
2 tsp cornstarch per large sweet potato
1 tbsp olive oil per large potato
Your favourite seasonings: I use cinnamon and cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
Cut the sweet potatoes into thin fry like shapes. Coat in cornstarch. Toss in olive oil and then season. Line a baking sheet with foil. Try to separate the fries from each other, if they are too close together they will not crisp up, only steam. Check out Sally’s Baking Addiction – that’s where I nabbed the cornstarch trick!
For the spicy ranch sauce…
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
I got this recipe here. It made ALOT of spicy ranch dressing (and this is the recipe already halved!) I plan on halving this recipe once more next time I make it, and reducing the amount of lime juice in the sauce. Otherwise, it was fantastic and added a lot of taste to the burger.
While the burgers were cooking I fried up some turkey bacon. I used one strip per burger. I am a HUGE fan of turkey bacon. I love chewy bacon, not crispy bacon, or fatty bacon, but chewy bacon, which is why I died and went to heaven when I found turkey bacon. It’s pretty well always chewy and has virtually no fat.
For the jalapeño burgers…
1 lb. of extra lean ground beef
1/4 large onion, diced
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley
2 tbps. Worschestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 cup rice bread crumbs (or any bread crumbs)
1. Mix all ingredients together. Using your hands is likely the easiest. I diced the onion and jalapenos in my food processor.
2. Form the beef mixture into 4.5 oz patties. Next time I might make 5 oz. patties. The patties shrunk quite a bit. Glaze with your fave BBQ sauce, or make your own!
3. If using a skillet, cook covered on each side for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat, drain grease from the skillet, and then place back in skillet. Place a slice of cheese on each burger patty and continue to cook (covered) until cheese is melted. Top with cooked bacon.
4. Garnish the burger with your favourite toppings and then covered with the spicy ranch sauce. Serve on a whole wheat bun.
No doesn’t that just look like the best burger you ever saw? I serve my sweet potato fries with spicy ketchup (i.e., ketchup mixed with hot sauce…yummy). I am very happy with my first burger making experience! Happy Baking!