May is National Hamburger Month. The United States has taken the lowly hamburger and elevated it to gastronomic status. Here’s a recipe that transforms the typical cheeseburger into a Northwest flavor powerhouse. It’s Mr. Barbecue’s Oregon Hazelnut Cheeseburger.
- 2 lbs. fresh ground chuck (regular burger with 17 to 10% fat content)
- 1 cup roasted and smoked hazelnuts-chopped but chunky
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper blend (white, pink and green pepper corns)
- 1/2 tsp. minced onion
- 4 slices Tillamook cheese
- 4 hamburger buns
- Get your grill going. Pre-heat for 10-15 minutes on high.
- Mix all of the ingredients in with the hamburger meat. (Option-leave out the hazelnuts and instead roll each patty in the nuts to coat the patty).
- Form uniform sized and thick hamburger patties-being careful to not compress the meat too much.
- Place burger on the grill and cook for approximately 6-8 minutes per side, turning once.
- After turning, wait 3 minutes, then place cheese on top of burgers and continue cooking until the cheese just begins to melt.
- Remove from grill, fix buns, add the meat and celebrate National Hamburger Month with a NW original burger!
This recipe generously provided by New Radio KXL’s Mr. BBQ, Bruce Bjorkman.