Stuff and Nonsense: burgers and sandwiches

Showing posts with label burgers and sandwiches. Show all posts
Showing posts with label burgers and sandwiches. Show all posts


Chipotle Burgers

This is not so much a recipe as a throwing together of things. I had a hankering for burgers ... there was chipotle puree and limp chopped cilantro leftover from taco night ... and I thought "chipotle burgers" and, lo, that is what I made. The chipotle lends the beef a mellow smokiness, which I adore, and while the cilantro, alas, lends no noticeable flavor, it does lend a bit of color. I like to think the cilantro flavor is there, just so harmoniously blended with the other ingredients that it doesn't call attention to itself. (Otherwise, I might have saved myself the time chopping cilantro!)

My mother gave me a hamburger maker/keeper set when I first set up my own household and I used to use them a lot in the summer, just as my mom had done my whole childhood, but then I fell sway to the siren call of the readymade burgers in the grocer's meat case ... I'm trying to get back to making my own burgers, because it's not exactly difficult to make my own and it's a great way to guarantee the burger I eat is the burger I really wanted (lamb burgers, I am so making you next weekend). Also, if you're one of those thrifty types, it's less costly.

Chipotle Burgers

Yield: 4


  • 1 lb 92% lean ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp pureed chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 gloves garlic, pressed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper


  1. Using your hands, gently combine beef, chipotle puree, cilantro, garlic, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl.
  2. Shape into 4 patties. Refrigerate until needed.
  3. Grill as you will.

I cooked these burgers in a grill pan on the stove for about 7 minutes per side. They came out just the way I like them -- a crusty, slightly charred outside with a juicy, pink inside. We ate them on toasted potato rolls with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a simple chipotle mayonnaise I made by mixing chipotle puree with garlic mayonnaise until it tasted "right." I will definitely make these again! Maybe topped with with a little avocado as well the other fixings, next time?


Burger Salad Bowl

I have no proper recipe for this burger salad bowl -- although you can find lots of variations on Pinterest -- just take the toppings you usually love on a burger and put them on your salad. I used chopped pickles, red onion, and tomatoes on a mix of sweet butter and red leaf lettuce. I was craving "special sauce," but was too lazy to make it from scratch so I dressed the salad with its bastard cousin, low-calorie thousand island dressing.

Delicious with Little Penguin cabernet sauvignon.
Frankly, this salad was pretty fabulous and I look forward to making another one soon. Maybe with a little bacon and homemade "special sauce" spiked with sriracha?


Plated: Cheddar Burgers w/ Baked Onion Rings

Plated's "Cheddar Burgers with Baked Onion Rings" seemed like the perfect way to welcome summer. Yes, I know summer's nearly a month away but it hit a toasty 86°F on Monday and that's summer as far as I'm concerned.

Juicy, perfectly seasoned cheddar burger ... yum!
I really enjoyed this burger. The cheddar (provenance unknown) was a good choice -- not too sharp, but strong enough it held its own and wasn't subsumed by the juicy, perfectly-seasoned burger. The tarragon sauce was nice interpretation of the standard orange burger sauce and I only wish I'd saved a little to drizzle on my onion rings. Seriously, I have eaten restaurant burgers that weren't as good as this one.

That said, I must admit The Husband wasn't so taken with this burger -- tasty, yes, but too juicy! And the cheese was very overwhelming! Who is this stranger I married?

Misleadingly beautiful crunchy onion rings *cries*
We both agreed the onion rings, while quite crispy, were extremely disappointing. I thought I'd been quite generous in my use of salt and pepper, but they were clearly under-seasoned. And I couldn't taste the sweet paprika at all!

Would I make this again? Burgers, yes, as soon as possible. Onion rings, no, never. My recipe card is a little gooped up from when I made the tarragon dressing, but copies can be downloaded from the Plated website. Unsurprisingly, I have started a Plated folder on my desktop for storing future recipes ... because, even though The Husband is clearly enjoying the Plated experience significantly less than I am, I plan on more Plated meals.

Baked onion rings ingredients
Tarragon dressing ingredients
Cheddar burger ingredients