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The Big Kahuna Burger
1/3 lb. Kobe beef (ground)
2 slices apple wood smoked bacon (cooked with a pinch of chipotle powder)
1 large pineapple ring (or two smaller ones)
4-5 thinly sliced red onion rings
1 slice havarti cheese
1 t TGCC Sweet N Spicy Rub
1 TGCC Sweet N Spicy Sauce
1 Kaiser Roll (or gourmet hamburger bun)
Sea salt (to taste)
RECIPE: Start by forming the burger patty loosely to make a long, medium thick burger, not too thick in the middle. Season both sides of the patty liberally with our Sweet N Spicy rub. Preheat your grill to medium high heat. I like to start by grilling the pineapples quickly on each side for around a minute- just long enough to get some grill marks- then set aside. Next, place the burger patty right where you had the pineapple on the grill. This infuses a subtle flavor into the patty. I prefer my burgers medium-rare, especially if you're using QT's favorite Kobe beef. This should take around 4-5 minutes per side. I generally try and keep the grill lid closed when cooking burgers, however I do check occasionally to manage any outrageous flame-ups.
Flip the burger after 4-5 or when a nice crust has formed on the already grilled side. Similar to a steak its best to only flip a burger once and never press it down or you will lose a considerable amount of juice. Check for doneness by pressing on the center of the patty- it should be medium firm with a bit of bounce, so there is resistance but it won't feel like a solid piece of meatloaf. If you're really worried about it stab the center of one with a skewer and make sure the juice runs pink, not red, and certainly not clear- then you can add the cheese. While you're checking the finer points don't forget to grill your buns for a minute or so. A nice grilled bun truly makes all the difference in the world.
To assemble this beautiful burger start by spreading a bit of Sweet N Spricy Sauce on the bottom bun, then place the burger over it. Top the burger with bacon, then red onion strings, and finally a nice big slice of grilled pineapple. "Mmmmm...this is a tasty burger."
Sweet N Spicy Rub:
½ T sugar
½ T chipotle
½ T cayenne
½ T cracked pepper
1 t cumin
1 t sea salt
Sweet N Spicy Sauce:
½ C Sweet Baby Rays Honey Chipotle (or original for less heat)
½ C Ketchup
¼ C Sriracha hot sauce
¼ C Thai sweet chili sauce
¼ C brown sugar
1 T grape preserves (or just 2 T of either apple or grape)
1 T apple preserves
1 T mirin (or 1 T rice wine vinegar)
1 t toasted sesame seeds