The Ultimate Sriracha Burger – Perfect for the Fourth of July!
A few years ago, my friend Josh introduced me to Serious Eats. It’s a site with many amazing recipes and cooking methods. I’m so glad JK shared this nugget with me because I have seriously (get it? serious? serious eats?) learned so much about cooking, especially the art of grilling. One of the recipes he introduced me to was the Ultimate Sriracha Burger and it quickly became a favorite of mine as well as frequent guests. It’s not for the faint-hearted or the person who is counting their calories on that day because it has lots and lots of yummy, delicious FAT! Here’s the skinny (or the not so skinny):
- 3 pounds ground beef (preferably 80/20 chuck) – seriously you want the bad stuff h
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 10 tablespoons Sriracha
- 4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper – you can cut back here if you want to take the spice level down
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon
- 2 large sweet onions
- 3/4 cup blue cheese dressing
- 8 sesame seed buns – go for the big, sturdy ones – you’ll need it
- 8 thick slices Swiss cheese
- 1 large tomato, sliced
- Jalapenos (optional)
- Mix the first 4 ingredients and then make patties. You should get about 8, depending on the size.
- In a saute pan over medium heat, saute your jalapenos if using as well as your onions. (the original recipes calls for neither of these, but trust me on these additions)
- Cook your bacon to a nice crispy finish
- Grill burgers over medium high heat to your desired temperature (I’m a medium rare girl myself)
- During the last minute of grilling, toast your buns on the top layer of your grill.
- Mix together the remaining sriracha and blue cheese dressing for the sauce.
Now it’s time to assemble:
- Spread your sauce on the bun
- Layer on a piece of cheese
- Add burger
- Top with swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and jalapenos.
- Don’t forget your bib!
I typically serve this with Dean Fearing’s BBQ beans featured in Garden and Gun or grilled sweet potato fries (more on that another time).
Note, I later found out that The Ultimate Sriracha Burger recipe actually originated from the amazing book, The Sriracha Cookbook, which I own, love and highly recommend).