Canada Day - Best burger recipes & DIY Caesar Bar. In honor of the upcoming holiday, Canada Day, Abbey Sharp teams up again with Matt from Fidel Gastros to bring you two recipes for absolutely to die for BBQ Burgers that exemplify the spirit of Canada.
Abbey's burger is a Tourtière style burger stuffed with aged, maple cheddar cheese, smeared with a local grainy maple mustard, some Granny Smith apple slices, maple caramelized onions and, of course, maple bacon. Abbey has never been one hold back when it comes to flare and this burger is certainly no disappointment in that department. Keeping in line with her steadfast view regarding nutritious, low calorie food Abbey uses a food processor to grind mushrooms and mixes it with the ground meat. This greatly reduces the fat content and calorie count without sacrificing flavor or texture. Abbey combines 6 oz. of ground crimini mushrooms with 6 oz. of extra lean ground Canadian beef, 6 oz. of ground pork, 1 small egg white, 1/3 cup of bread crumbs, some grainy maple mustard and a spice mix inspired by "QUÉBÉCOIS TOURTIÈRE", which is actually a French Canadian meat pie featuring warm baking spices. She combines a 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. of savory, a 1/2 tsp. of thyme as well as allspice. Don't forget the salt and pepper, add 3/4 tsp. of salt and 1 tsp. of pepper and mix well. Abbey's forms 8 skinny patties from the mixture and puts a 1 tbsp. of maple cheddar onto 4 patties then puts the remaining 4 on top of each patty, sealing in the cheese.
The next step is to brush your onions with a spritz of Olive Oil and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. It looks like Abbey is using thin cut red onion slices for this recipe. She then puts everything on the grill along with 4 slices of Canadian bacon. Canadian bacon is naturally leaner than side cut bacon and therefore the only real choice Abbey could make when it came to selection time, it's also referred to as peameal bacon or back bacon. While your burgers and your bacon are grilling hollow out your buns. Yes, actually pull out the extra bread from the top and bottom of your buns. This is another one of Abbey's tricks to turn a fatty burger into a low-calorie recipe for success. She smears the bottom buns with grainy maple mustard, about a tsp. per bun, tops it with the peameal bacon, some thin-sliced Granny Smith Apple, and then puts the cheese loaded burger right on there. The final ingredient to her Torte style burger are some caramelized onions.
Moving onto Matt's burger we see a whole different style emerge. His burger could more aptly be called "Burger-Zilla" due to its sheer size and weight. Matt has decided to take decadence up a notch and not only double-stack his patties but use pork instead of beef. It also has American Cheddar, pickles, and even a fried egg on top. To construct this particular tribute to Canada you need to put 16 oz. of ground pork into a bowl. Season the ground pork with salt, pepper, paprika, and Maple Syrup. Mix the contents of your bowl well and then form two burger patties. Place the meat on your grill for roughly 2 minutes per side to sear it then turn the temperature down and cook them for an additional 6 to 8 minutes. Lightly brush 2 thick cut slices of peameal bacon with maple syrup and grill them as well. Place your American Cheddar on each patty, top that with your now cooked peameal bacon, and then double stack the patties.
No, seriously double stack those patties, one right on top of the other. Next up would be the pickles and Matt recommends adding a fried egg on top. Much like his take on spices he leaves that decision in your capable hands. Regardless of your choice to top "Burger-Zilla" with an egg be sure to use a robust set of buns to hold all this together.
Now that you have your choice of two clearly delectable burgers Abbey and Matt firmly recommend that you celebrate Canada Day with them and enjoy your burger with a cocktail known as the Caesar. This a drink primarily consumed in Canada and according to Abbey the American Bloody Mary simply cannot compare. Abbey prefers the brand Crazy Uncle for their Uber Caesar mix. There are many reasons for her preference, but as you can imagine, it's all about the ingredients. Not only is the mix created by real mixologists, it uses real tomatoes, real lemon juice, aged hot sauce, Worcestershire, and a ton of spices. As you can see from the video Abbey saved enough time using the Crazy Uncle Uber Caesar that she was able to prepare an unparalleled Caesar bar complete with pepper reds, olives, celery, jerky, pickled beans, and pretty much anything else you might want to put in Caesar.
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Disclaimer: This video was developed in paid partnership with Crazy Uncle Uber Caesar, however, as always all opinions are genuine!
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