If you are like me, and love smokey flavors, then you MUST make this burger! I was searching Allrecipes one day for a good, flavorful burger recipe and stumbled on the original recipe for these burgers. I immediately fell in love with them and have made them several times since discovering them. I wanted to share these with you, because I think they would be an awesome burger to serve Dad on Father's Day this year! You can dress them up however you like! Below is my "serving suggestion."
These smokey, slightly spicy burgers start with ground sirloin (90/10). Which is perfectly acceptable if you are trying to keep down fat and calories. However, I prefer using a ground meat mixture with just a tad more fat to help keep the burgers moist. Go for ground round (85/15) instead of sirloin if you don't mind the extra fat and calories. All sorts of yumminess is added to the ground meat to flavor the burgers....onions, garlic, chipotle peppers, steak seasoning, and liquid smoke...to name a few.
After I read the reviews of the original recipe, many cooks complained that the burger mixture was too wet. To remedy this, I replaced the fresh grated onion with dried onion and the garlic with garlic powder and had very good results.
The original recipe also calls for 1 TBS "grill seasoning." I used my favorite steak seasoning (which has salt in it) so I reduced the amount to 2 tsp. As for the liquid smoke, I like hickory, but feel free to use whatever flavor of liquid smoke you prefer.
One last word...burger press. Can I just tell you how much I love, love, love the burger press I picked up at an outdoor store last year? I bought this Charcoal Companion® Double Burger Press on a whim, not knowing whether I would like it or not...but let me tell you, it is wonderful. It shapes the burgers perfectly, sizing them for you and leaving a very cool indentation in each one that prevents the meat from puffing up when cooked. I won't make burgers without it anymore!
I don't eat burgers very often, but every now and again, I get a craving for a good, thick burger. If you make them yourself, you can at least control what goes into them to be sure that when you splurge with fat and calories, you know what you are getting. I hope that you will find the time to grill up some of these tasty burgers for yourself or someone you love soon!
- 2 pounds ground sirloin (or ground round)
- 2 TBS dried onion (can sub with 1 tsp. onion powder, if desired)
- 2 tsp. of your favorite steak seasoning with salt
- 1 TBS liquid smoke
- 2 TBS Worchestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 TBS adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
- 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped
- In large bowl, combine all ingredients. (I use my hands.)
- Shape into 6 big patties ( I use burger press) and place on tray. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Heat grill to med-high. Remove patties from fridge and grill until meat is done all the way through and a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the burger reads 160 degrees F.* Allow burgers to sit, once done, loosely draped in foil for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
*Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures via Foodsafety.gov
Adapted from Allrecipes
Servings - 6 Serving Size - 1 burger Points Plus per Serving - 7 Points+
(Values are for burger ONLY) Calories - 281.7, Total Fat - 15.3g, Carb. - 1.7g, Protein - 32.1g, Fiber - 0.2g
I realize, all dressed up in it's Sunday best, this burger is quite a few WWPP. Like I said, it's a splurge meal that is worthy of the points, IMHO. How can you make this more diet friendly?
- reduce the size of the patties and make 8 patties instead of 6
- use low fat cheese and reduced fat buns
- omit the cheese and bun altogether
I am loving this grilling weather right now! It's also been nice enough for us to enjoy evenings eating dinner on the patio most nights! Love it!! Soon enough, the bugs will be too bothersome to eat outdoors, but after the long winter we had this year, I am trying to get as much outdoor time as I can handle! lol