My perfect burger is a classic, no-nonsense cheeseburger with a squeeze of ketchup. While sometimes all you need is the patty and the bun, burgers are easily customizable. So take a step back from your probably-far-too-simple (guilty), go-to recipe and mix in some unexpected flavours this summer.
To make Vietnamese burgers, mix ground beef, garlic, lemongrass, salt, and pepper together before shaping them into patties and tossing them on the grill. The lemongrass adds a subtle citrus flavor to the meat and pairs with garlic to create an aroma that will have your family following their noses right to the table.
Leave the ketchup and mustard in the fridge, you won’t need them. Instead, we topped these Asian-inspired burgers with a pickled radish slaw and sriracha mayonnaise. Not only does the slaw add a satisfying, crunchy texture to the hot, juicy burgers, the bright color pops on the plate. A simple mixture of mayo and Sriracha adds a little heat to the burger. Be forewarned – this stuff is addictive. Make a little extra to dip your homemade fries (or even tater tots!) in, or store it in the fridge to use when making sandwiches next week (#mealprep).
Whether you’re grilling Vietnamese burgers to share with neighbors over Memorial Day weekend or making four to feed the family, no one will miss the standard LTO burger.
Make Pickled Radish Slaw: In a medium bowl, stir vinegar, water, sugar, salt, ginger and dried red pepper until sugar dissolves. Using a spiralizer, make spirals of radishes and carrot. Add vegetable spirals and cilantro to vinegar mixture. Cover and refrigerate to blend flavors.
Make Sriracha Mayonnaise: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and sriracha. Cover and refrigerate.
Heat indoor grill to SEAR or highest setting.
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, garlic, lemongrass, salt and black pepper. Shape the mixture into four patties.
Place the patties on the grill. Grill for 5 to 7 minutes per side or until meat reaches 160°F when tested with a meat thermometer.
Remove the burgers from the grill and serve on small ciabatta rolls with Sriracha Mayonnaise and Pickled Radish Slaw.
After a long, hard winter and a cold, rainy spring, we’re all welcoming summer with open arms. With the warmer weather comes a desire to grill, eat lighter and enjoy a cold one with the windows wide open. Unfortunately, while school lets out, companies don’t shut down and commitments don’t go away. So if time, space or money are limited, but you want to get the magic of the grilling season anyway, reach for an indoor grill.
You might be thinking an indoor grill won’t cut it and it’s better to give up on dreams of burgers and barbecue chicken, but the Searing Grill has solved all of your concerns. It gets hot – I mean really hot – so it creates the beautifully seared grill marks you desire with the grilled taste you crave. It will fool all your guests – just ask my friends who oohed and ahhed over the grill marks on their zucchini and chicken the other night. You’ll be amazed at the ease of cleaning up. No need to scrape the grill, throw out charcoal or get covered with ash or refill tanks – just pop off the grill plate, lid and tray and place them in the dishwasher. It’s that easy!
So the next time you want a light, delicious burger, but don’t want to break out a huge grill and all your tools, try this spicy turkey burger on the Searing Grill and get the outdoor flavour you crave on an easy-to-clean indoor grill.