Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Burgers with Chipotle Sauce and Carmelized Onions

 Burger with a Twist

I love a good burger, but especially appreciate a burger with a twist. I love playing around with condiments, breads and seasonings to create a burger masterpiece. For Memorial Day, I tried out this chipotle sauce (adapted), and was eager to sass up a burger with lots of other yummy toppings. Adobo sauce has a smoky paprika flavor and the chipotles add some heat. It was a great reason to use up our last few pounds of deer meat for a fantastic venison burger.

Chipotle Sauce
I used the following ingredients for the sauce:

1 small container Greek yogurt (6 ounces or around 1/2 cup)
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, seeded and chopped
2 T. lime juice (just drizzle it on until the consistency seems right)
1 T. adobo sauce from the can of peppers (more if you like heat, less if you don't like heat)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t. cumin

Stir together  yogurt, garlic, cumin, lime, and adobo sauce.

To chop up the chipotle pepper, use a fork and a knife to slice it open, then scrape out the seeds. Finely chop the pepper. You will want to wash your hands really well if you happen to touch the pepper. It can burn!

Stir it all together. The creaminess of the yogurt is a perfect balance to the smoky pepper. By the way, this is also a great dip for crackers, chips, or vegetables (assuming you like some heat in your dip).
So now on to one of my other burger toppings, caramelized onions. I love how onions get a sweet kind of flavor when you cook them down long enough. For this recipe, I used a large Vidalia onion. I sliced the whole thing into larger chunks (they shrink way down).  

Cover the bottom of a pan with olive oil, and heat the oil over medium heat.

Add the onions and stir frequently, until the onions become golden brown. This whole process takes a while. Up to or around 20 minutes.

When they get to this golden color, they are done. Topping #2 complete.
So let's build a burger, shall we?
On a grilled bun (we used onion buns), I spread chipotle sauce on one side, and mashed avocado on the other side.

Then I finished off with the burger, caramelized onions and some feta cheese.

And there is my sassed up venison burger. Mix and match your favorite toppings for your own twist on a burger.

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