The Muenster Mash Burger

I love puns. I also love a good burger. This particular recipe is great for those of you who like things a little spicier. I like to occasionally make something a bit spicier for Alex because he really likes spicy food, and burgers are a great vehicle for a lot of different spices.  Also, burgers are one of his favorite things to cook on the grill, and he’s gotten really good at it. This recipe can also be a great vegetarian option if you make a black bean patty instead of ground beef. I have a quick recipe for black bean burgers in my Memorial day post. Go check it out! (I actually prefer the black bean patties over beef).

There is a little bit of prep involved with this recipe, some of it that can be done the night before, so let’s get cooking!

You Will Need:
1 lb. 90/10 beef (this will make 3 decently sized patties)
2 Poblano peppers, diced
1 or 2 Jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
1 large clove of garlic, diced or through a press
6 slices of Muenster cheese (2 per burger)
1 lb. bacon (I use turkey bacon…sorry, Fam)
Romaine lettuce
Salt and Pepper
Cayenne pepper
Onion powder
Chipotle Mayo (literally just spicy mayo)
Ciabatta buns

Let’s get into that prep I talked about. This is one of my favorite parts of cooking. I love chopping and dicing and all that stuff. Like I said earlier, there is just a little bit of prep involved here.

To Prep:
Dice your peppers and garlic
Season your beef liberally with salt, pepper, cayenne, and onion powder
Make your patties
Cook the bacon
Make the chipotle mayo (You can make homemade mayo, or just add spices to store bought)

So, I don’t like mayo. At all. Never have. However, I can do a chipotle mayo or a homemade mayo with a lot of lemon juice. Here’s a nice recipe for a homemade mayo and the spices to make it nice and spicy. If you don’t want to make your mayo, you can just add a little lemon juice and the spices to a store bought jar. The spices you will need are smoked paprika, chili powder, and chipotle powder. If you want to make it spicier yet, add some cayenne pepper to the mix and you’ll be good to go.

To make the homemade mayo:
1 large or extra large egg
1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-3 tsp. lemon juice
Generous pinch of salt
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. chipotle powder
1/2-1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

Find yourself a tall, narrow glass jar. Make sure the opening is wide enough for an immersion blender, and crack your egg right into it. Measure out your oil, spices, and lemon juice and pour those right over top after your egg has had a moment to settle to the bottom and get comfy. Put your immersion blender right in the jar and turn it on. Almost immediately, you will see everything come together and resemble the creamy concoction known as mayo. Blend everything about 90 seconds and then slowly pull the blender up out of the jar. Make sure all the oil is mixed in and viola! you’ve got quick and easy homemade mayo.

Remember those Poblanos and jalapenos we diced earlier? Well, get a pan going over medium heat (you can put one on the grill), circle it once with extra virgin olive oil, and throw those peppers in. Let them cook for a little bit before adding the garlic. If you put the garlic in before the peppers or at the same time, you run the risk of burning the garlic…and no one wants that. Once everything has cooked down a bit and gotten to know each other, throw in a healthy teaspoon of red pepper flake or a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. I wasn’t kidding when I said this burger was spicier than usual.

Okay, now that all the prep is done, we are ready to cook the patties and assemble this burger.

Cook your patties on the grill. They should take about 5-7 minutes on each side depending on how big they are. Keep in mind the beef patties do shrink a bit when you cook them. When they’ve got about 2 minutes left, melt 2 pieces of Muenster cheese over top of them and get it all gooey and delicious. Now we’re ready to put the muenster (haha) together.

Starting from the bottom and working our way up, we’re going to assemble the burger as such:
Bottom bun
Patty with melted Muenster cheese
Poblano/Jalapeno spread
Top bun slathered with chipotle mayo

This burger is great with fries (sweet potato or regular), or grilled veggies. It’s perfect for that random night every now and again when you just want something a little spicier. As always, than you for all the support…it means the world to me. Happy cooking!



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