Bad Trade has presented a fine series of questions for this week's Irish Blogger Gathering.
Make the salsa first.
¼ medium sized white onion
2 oz diced Hot green chiles (Come in 4oz cans)
2 oz diced Hot jalapenos (Come in 4oz cans)
1 garlic clove
1 can Original Ro-Tel
1 14.5 oz can steamed and peeled tomatoes
1 pinch sugar
Throw the onion, green chiles, jalapenos and garlic clove in a food processor and puree. If you don’t have a food processor a blender works too it just takes longer. Once the puree is done add a pinch of sugar to take the edge off and puree it for another couple of seconds. Then add the Tomatoes and Ro-Tel. Puree until all the lumps are gone. You now have salsa that blows the doors off anything you can buy off the shelf. It has a good kick and nice flavor but it isn’t crazy hot.
Now the burgers
Salt, Black Pepper & Your favorite burger spice (I like the Weber Gourmet Burger)
¼ medium sized white onion
1 oz diced Hot green chiles (From your 4oz can)
1 oz diced Hot jalapenos (From your 4oz can)
Back to the food processor. Make the same puree you started the salsa with using the onion, green chiles, jalapenos and garlic clove. Only this time use 1oz vice 2 and be sure to drain the juice off the chiles and jalapenos first. Now add ½ of a beaten egg, salt, pepper and burger seasoning to taste. I like
a quick shot of salt & pepper followed by a healthy dose of the Gourmet Burger Seasoning. Now mix in your puree with the meat. Be sure to mix it in thoroughly. This will give you a nice even flavor and since you pureed it first you won’t have chunks of the veggies in the patties. This makes four ¼ burgers so double/ triple/ quadruple as required based on how many you want to make. Make the patties at home and load them up in the cooler. These have a good southwest flavor but they really aren’t that hot, my kids eat them! If you want more kick then use a little less onion and use all of the remaining 2oz of chiles and penos in the puree.
At the tailgate grill your burgers and top them off with a mild cheddar. If you really want to take it to the next level serve them on a jalapeno cheddar roll vice a regular bun and top them off with a thin tomato slice and avocado. This last part is important. Don’t jack them up by putting something like Ketchup or French’s mustard on them! Use a couple of spoons full of the salsa as your condiment and these burgers will change your life. Take along some corn chips to dip in the rest of the salsa, a few cases of your favorite Mexican beer with some limes and you are in business. If you don’t go with a Mexican beer then any American beer that is yellow works. Don’t mix with anything dark or amber it doesn’t work. Trust me this tailgate feast will change your life. I don’t know much but I know how to watch football and I know how to cook good food to eat while I watch it.