June 30th 2011

Our top burger recipes

Nothing says summer like firing up the grill with a great burger.

From good ol’ hamburger to ground sirloin, to salmon and crab, to turkey and pork, the combinations are endless.

Here are our favourite variations, perfect for warm weather grilling.

Stuffed Mozzarella Burgers

Form patties with 2 pounds ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Add fresh and top with chili flakes. Form another patty, and place it on top of this half. Seal them up and keep in the fridge until you grill them.

Tropical Tuna Burgers

Combine 2 pounds fresh, finely chopped tuna steaks, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 2 teaspoons chipotle pepper puree, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons canola oil, 2 green onions, thinly sliced, salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Put 1 cup of pineapple juice in a saucepan and simmer on medium until reduced to about 1/2 cup. Shape the crab mixture into patties about 1 1/2-inches thick. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before grilling, about 3 minutes per side, basting with pineapple syrup.

Fresh Crab Burgers

Whisk 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1 large egg, 2 minced green onions, minced (just the greens), 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon mustard, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Gently mix in 1 pound of lump crabmeat and and 1 cup of panko bread crumbs. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form into four patties, and put in fridge for at least 30 minutes. These ones aren’t grilled – heat 1/2-inch of oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet. Dredge the patties with more breadcrumbs and fry 3 minutes per side.

Rubbed Beef Burgers

Mix 1 tablespoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon dried mustard, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Form lean ground beef into patties. Brush with oil and top with rub mix. Grill, about 6 to 8 minutes per side.

Cajun Turkey Burgers

Mix 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey, 1 cup chopped onions, 1 cup chopped bell peppers, 2 pieces of cooked and crumbled bacon, 2 teaspoons of Cajun spice, 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper.  Shape into patties and place in the fridge before serving. To make your own Cajun spice mix, stir together 3 tablespoons paprika, 2 tablespoons salt, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 1 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon oregano and 1 tablespoon thyme. Store in an airtight jar.

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