What represents Summer better than grilling a burger? Every "grill party" that I have been to all three summers here, had a signature burger on the menu by host/hostess. So this is kin of my signature burger , which i have developed for some time...
Coriander , cumin flavored burger patties , on toasted bun , with mayo-ketchup base , layered with tomato (no greens please ) pan fried turkey bacon , and topped with pickled onion( a modern name for our good old kerala style challas/sallas)..Wanna Come over for a "grill party"???
Hows your weekends coming along? For us , Friday evening till Saturday midnight is like an elongated day , with a lil patch of night here and there. Less sleep , awesome food, more fun with friends and family. Last Saturday after the lil party at aunt's place with awesome straight from the grill food , nobody could even move , still we manage to sneak out for a " second show mallu movie", a totally hilarious one...Oh yeah we have a malayalam theatre nearby and never miss any new ones, something I never used to do back in India..
Recipe for Homemade Beef/Chicken Burger patties Flavored with Cumin and Coriander
Serves - 4 ( if 2 for each)
Makes -8-10 patties
Total Time - 30 minutes.+ an hour for preparation.
Ground Meat/Minced Meat - 2.5 lb ( Beef , chicken , Turkey or Pork. I used 85-15 Ground Beef)
Minced garlic or garlic powder - 1 tea spoon
Minced Onions or Onion powder - 2 tea spoon
Ground coriander - 1/2 tea spoon
Ground Cumin - 1/2 tea spoon
Ground Black pepper - 1/4 to 1/2 tea spoon or as you like it.
Salt to taste
Oil - a drizzle
For glazing(optional) :- mix lemon juice , soy or red wine vinegar with a lil Steak sauce)
In a large bowl , mix ground meat with all the other ingredients . Divide into 8-10 orange sized balls balls and form patties (wet your hands with a lil water or oil , take an orange sized ball and press it lightly on your palm with the other hand.Shape the sides and arrange it on a tray) Refrigerate till you are ready to grill;at least for an hour. You can make it any size you want.
Heat the grill to medium , lightly brush it with olive oil or any oil , place the patties on the grill , and cook each side for 10 -12 minutes plus , turning them a few times and lightly brushing it with the glaze.
10-12 minutes on each side is for well done, and since i hate to see any pink inside i cook for this much time and you can adjust the cooking time as you want.
In the last 2 minutes , put a piece of cheese slice on top of the patty and let it melt. Mean while arrange everything to layer the burger.
If you don't have a grill ( I normally use george foreman indoor grill) , do this in a cast iron pan on stove top.
Layering the Burger ( mix and match to make your own)
Mayo + Ketchup - 1 cup ( mix equal qty of mayo and ketchup in a small bowl)
Turkey Bacon - 1 for each burger so total 8-10 (pan fry it for 2-3 minutes)
Sliced Tomato - 1 for each burger
American cheese or any cheese.
A spoon full of pickled onion ( recipe below)
Burger Buns - 4
Lightly toast the burger buns ( pan or grill). Spread a spoon of mayo - ketchup on the base. Place a piece of sliced tomato , then the burger patties with melted cheese , , then broken turkey bacon pieces and top with pickled onion. Here You go !!! Have a Bite , Njoy!!!
Recipe for Pickled Onion ( challas or sallas we serve back in Kerala with cutlets)
Red onion thinly sliced - 2
Lemon juice or vinegar - 2 table spoon
Salt to taste
Chopped green chiles - 1