BBQ Burger Recipe

BBQ Burger with Coleslaw
Is there anything more American than the shortcut? I mean, there’s something fundamentally wrong about writing a recipe for barbecue sauce that calls for barbecue sauce. It’s very Sandra Lee. It’s very semi-homemade. Will you forgive me?

I bet if you taste one of these BBQ Burgers with Coleslaw this Fourth of July weekend you’ll forgive me. And you’ll not only forgive me; you’ll thank me. And then you’ll ask for more napkins with your mouth full as you gulp keg beer from a red plastic cup. That’s why we’re friends, you and I. We overlook each other’s shortcomings. And shortcuts. Happy Fourth y’all!

Check it out! This recipe was featured in the LA Weekly.

Ingredients for Burger Patties:
1 pound ground beef
1 green onion minced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2-3 tbsp barbecue sauce
salt & pepper

Ingredients for Coleslaw:
2 cups shredded cabbage
1/3 cup shredded carrot

Ingredients for Caramelized Onion BBQ Sauce:
3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey

Notes:
Makes four, quarter pound burger patties, two cups coleslaw and one cup barbecue sauce. Dress Coleslaw with one tablespoon rice vinegar and one teaspoon honey or two tablespoons mayonnaise and a squeeze of lime. You can even dress the slaw with ranch dressing… it’s your sandwich.

Directions:
BBQ Burger with Coleslaw
Make the BBQ Sauce. In a small sauce pan over medium-low heat, add a teaspoon of olive oil and chopped onions. Sweat onions until they begin to turn golden, do not char. Add balsamic vinegar, your favorite barbecue sauce, tomato sauce and honey. Turn the heat down and cover. Simmer for at least 30 minutes, up to an hour, stirring occasionally. Flavors deepen with time.

Make the Coleslaw. Combine shredded cabbage and carrot with one tablespoon rice vinegar and one teaspoon honey or two tablespoons mayonnaise and a squeeze of lime. Refrigerate until ready to use.

BBQ Burger with Coleslaw
Make the Burger Patties. Preheat your grill. Combine ground meat, minced green onion, garlic powder, black pepper and barbecue sauce. Loosely shape burger patties. If meat mixture is too moist for your taste, add a tablespoon of panko breadcrumbs and incorporate into patties before shaping. Salt patties just before grilling. Grill until desired temperature.

BBQ Burger with Coleslaw
I like grilled buns and I can not lie.

BBQ Burger with Coleslaw
Build the BBQ Burger. Add a smear of Caramelized Onion BBQ Sauce to the grilled or toasted bottom bun. Top with burger patty and another smear of BBQ Sauce.

BBQ Burger with Coleslaw
I never said this wasn’t messy. Top each burger with about a quarter cup of Coleslaw and top bun.

BBQ Burger with Coleslaw
Grab some extra napkins. Share and enjoy.

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11 Responses to “BBQ Burger Recipe”

  1. Andrea Schepke
    6/30/2011 at 10:49 am #

    It’s only 10:45 a.m. and I want a burger — one of these BBQ burgers, specifically! [Insert loud stomach growl here]. Short-cuts are welcome and most appreciated… Thank you, Sara! Happy 4th!

  2. Average Betty
    6/30/2011 at 11:49 am #

    Happy Fourth, Andrea! And thanks for forgiving my shortcuts and shortcomings :) You are the best!!

  3. seti
    7/1/2011 at 7:23 am #

    Forgiveness is very important in life…so is a good BBQ burger. :) Happy 4th of July and have one for me this weekend. Either one, a burger or a beer. :)

  4. Average Betty
    7/1/2011 at 8:42 am #

    Happy Fourth, seti! I’ll have both a burger and a beer… Cheers to you!

  5. redkathy
    7/1/2011 at 5:04 pm #

    Did you say short cut as in you are cooking and I’m eating short cut? Love the burger. Have a blast, be safe!

  6. Average Betty
    7/2/2011 at 11:57 am #

    LOLWUT? Thanks, Kathy! Happy Fourth!!

  7. Joe Imbrenda
    7/6/2011 at 2:46 am #

    Looking very spicy and hot this burger .ohh i love this very much…

  8. Emily Manelius
    7/6/2011 at 8:03 am #

    Hello, lover! I want this burger ASAP! And my husband will thank you for the rest of his life… You see, burgers are the one thing that I haven’t figured out. (Okay, there are a lot of things I haven’t figured out yet, but this ranks high on the list. ;) They’re either too dry or not flavored enough. Anywho, this may be the solution I’ve been looking for! Thank you!!!

  9. Average Betty
    7/6/2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Thanks, Joe! I think this burger is more savory than spicy, but I like stuff hot ;)
    Thanks, Emily! I think the key to a great burger is a thin, loose patty, quick grill and rest before placing on the bun. I also like to season the meat with everything but salt before forming into patties so they are seasoned throughout. Then a quick sprinkle of salt just before the red hot grill gives a nice crust on the outside, juicy on the inside :) Practice makes perfect and there is nothing more fun than burger practice ;)

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