What’s better than beer, pretzels and hamburger when watching a ballgame? How about combining them all together for a refreshing new twist to the same old hamburger? Your sports buddies are going to love this recipe. Grab a beer. Let’s get started.
Total Time: Preparation Time: Cooking Time: Number of Servings:6 Burgers
Choosing the right ground beef. Buy ground beef, not hamburger meat. There is a difference in quality. Regular hamburger can be comprised of different cuts of beef and fat can be added to a maximum of 30% fat. Ground beef must be ground from just one cut of beef with no added fat beyond what is contained in the cut itself. For a better tasting burger, have your butcher grind a piece of chuck roast. If you plan on grilling ask for extra lean with about 10% fat. Less fat minimizes flare-ups from dripping fat. 20% fat is better for frying or broiling.
2 Pounds of lean ground chuck 1/2 Cup of crushed, salted pretzels 1/2 Cup of beer 1/4 Cup of tomato juice 3 Tablespoons of chopped onions 1 Clove of minced garlic 1 Teaspoon of A1 Sauce 2 Tablespoons of pickle relish (optional) Coarse ground pepper to taste
Preparation and Cooking Directions
1. Mix crushed pretzels, beer, chopped onions, tomato juice, minced garlic, A1 sauce, and pickle relish together in a large bowl.
2. Add ground beef to the mixture. Gently blend together until well combined. Careful not to over-work the meat.
3. Divide mixture into six balls. Or more if you prefer smaller burgers. Flatten into patties to your desired thickness and width. The fatter they are, the longer it takes to cook.
4. Sprinkle with coarse ground pepper and a bit of sea salt to taste. Remember, there is salt in the crushed pretzels so you don’t want to make it too salty. Salt and pepper will give the burger a nicely charred crust.
5. Then grill, fry or broil to your preferred doneness. Hamburgers should be cooked well done which is about 160 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are experienced you can tell by the touch. If not, use an instant read meat thermometer.
6. While the hamburger is cooking, butter the buns and heat on the grill, in the pan or broiler right before you’re ready to serve. While they are steaming hot, take the burgers from the heat straight to the bun.
7. Your beer and pretzel burger is ready to enjoy. Add optional condiments and other toppings as preferred.
Hint: Before cooking, make a small indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb. It helps prevent the center of the burger from swelling during cooking which can cause uneven cooking.
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