Note: I’m giving away a hardcover addition of my favorite Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything at the end of this blog. One burger word will enter you–Hoo-hoo!
♥♥♥So how’s your summer, folks? Sweltering? Having fun? Summer is Michigan’s payback for dealing with winter and we’re having us a grand ole’ time in these parts–outdoor grilling is half the fun. Daughter, Greta, was visiting at the lake last week. She wanted to make a Shrimp Burger recipe from a recent Mark Bittman recipe from the New York Times and our final recipe follows.
While at it, we had fun compiling a list of our favorite burgers (recipes linked to title name). We discussed their merits and downsides that I’ve blogged about (and Greta’s eaten) through the years.
Bacon-Jam Burger. Naughty: Ummm. Maybe not a Mayo Clinic recipe recommendation? Nice: A crowd-pleaser. Really. Bacon and jam? Be still my heart.
My favorite Turkey Burger Naughty: It’s hard to file a complaint about this burger, unless you opposed to animal grinds of any sort. Nice: Combines healthy and juicy and is another Mark Bittman remix.
Black Bean Burger Naughty: A bit more fuss and drier than meaty options. Nice: Super-healthy, planet-friendly and well-adapted to fry pans. Adding the dried mushrooms adds than umami, fifth taste “je nais sais qu0i”.
Lamb Burger Sliders with Tzadziki and Beetroot Relish Naughty: Making the beet root relish will dye your fingertips red. Wear gloves! The condiments add more to the production but note they can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Nice: I find these burgers so exceptionally delicious I even included them is a scene in THE WELCOME HOME DINER.
Shrimp Burgers Naughty: The first time we made the recipe, the burgers were difficult to grill and somewhat fell apart. On round two of making the recipe, we added panko and an egg, chilled them a couple of hours and they grilled to delicious perfection. Nice: Loved the Asian flavors in the recipe. Greta also puréed and avocado with garlic, lime and a touch of mayo, which was the perfect spread.
Would love to hear about your favorite burgers! For my money, Mark Bittman is the master of the burger and his HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING: SIMPLE RECIPES FOR GREAT FOOD is one of my most dog-eared cookbooks.
Tell me what your favorite burger is in the comment section below and shoot me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with the same comment or DM me on Facebook. I’ll close it down August 15, will select a name at random and send the winner the hardcover of this book.
No gimmicks. I swear I won’t send you spam or share your e-mail. Note I don’t advertise on this site, right? Oh. Except the shameless mentions of my books and other favorite books on my shelf. Oh well. Anyway. Where was I? Oh yes. Here is our version of Mark Bittman’s Shrimp Burgers: