Friday, May 27, 2016

Bold and Spicy Chipotle BBQ Onion Ring Burger (Burger Week) #burgers


This Bold and Spicy Chipotle BBQ Onion Ring Burger is the last burger recipe for our Week of Burgers.  It's a great homemade version of a burger that the kids tried at a fast food restaurant a while back.  

One day the kids and I were out running errands when we realized that it was lunch time.  We only wanted a quick bite so we swung through the drive thru of a Burger King.  We don't eat much fast food, so they were pretty excited to try something new.  My son saw a burger called a "Rodeo Burger", so we were curious and ordered it.  It was only a dollar so we figured we were not going to waste too much money if it turned out to be really bad.    

To our surprise it was simply a burger with some BBQ sauce and an onion ring.  I was not that impressed with their skimpy burger, but I did like the concept.  I never thought to put BBQ sauce on a burger before and the onion ring was also a nice touch.  

I knew I had to make a homemade version of this burger and make it my way... hearty!   

I made the burger in the recipe very simple.  I remember several chefs (Bobby Flay, Michael Symon) recommend that all a good burger needs was good quality ground beef and some simple salt and pepper.  So I followed those directions when it came to preparing the actual burger.  Then I made my own BBQ sauce with a chipotle peppers in adobe and some spicy onion rings to really make the burger special. 

These burgers were fun and definitely hearty.  Make sure to make extra onion rings.. those were a family favorite. I love that a trip to a fast food drive thru inspired this dynamite burger.  Now we have a new favorite burger around this house.

85/15 good quality ground beef
salt and black pepper

Season beef with salt and black pepper.  Gently mix and form into large patties. Make the patties thinner in the middle and thicker around the edges for even cooking.  Cook to your desired level of doneness and serve with burger fixings. 

Spicy Onion Rings
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer

Thick slices of onions from 1-2 yellow onions
Oil (canola) for frying
Italian breadcrumbs as needed

Egg Wash:
1 egg
1 Tbs milk
1 Tbs Sriracha sauce
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika powder
salt and black pepper 

Note: This is enough egg wash for about 1 onion. If you decide to make more than one onion, adjust the recipe by doubling it as needed. 

Step 1:  Peel onion and slice into thick round slices. Pull onion rings apart carefully.  

Step 2:  Mix egg wash and place breadcrumbs into a dish.  

Step 3:  Dip onion ring into egg wash and coat well.  Then dip into breadcrumbs and coat well.  Coat all rings once for a light coating then dip again in egg wash and bread crumbs for a second coating. 

Step 4:  Fry Onion rings in frying oil (375 degrees) until golden brown.  Drain and sprinkle with a little salt if you desire.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

Bold and Spicy Chipotle BBQ Sauce 
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer

2 (8oz) cans of tomato sauce
1/2 medium onion  
1-3 chipotle peppers and some sauce from can of chipotle in adobe
2-3 cloves fresh garlic
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1-2 Tbs brown sugar (or Splenda for low sugar version)
1-2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
salt to taste

Step 1: Place  all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.  Step 2: Place blended sauce in saucepan and cook covered on medium low heat for 30-40 minutes.  Stir occasionally while cooking.  Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.  Allow to cool and store in fridge.  

*** I recommend making sauce the day before so the flavors have time to develop**

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