Friday, September 21, 2012

California Roll Burgers

I did not know what to think when these burgers showed up in my reader. Sushi on a burger? How does that work? I couldn't imagine what it would taste like but that obviously didn't stop me. If you haven't noticed, I've been on a bit of a burger mission, trying out a ton of different burgers in the past few months.

A burger is such a simple idea that its just too much fun to try out different ingredients to make it interesting. Ground turkey or chicken instead of beef. Different breads, cheeses, seasonings, or toppings. The possibilities are really endless. So I couldn't pass up this combination.



California Roll Burger
Source: Pink Parsley, adapted from Use Real Butter
Servings: 4 burgers
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Ingredients:
    Burger:
    • 1 lb. lean ground beef
    • 1 tsp. fish sauce
    • salt and pepper 
    Crab:
    • 4 oz. crab meat, shells and cartilage removed
    • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise
    • 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
    Mayonnaise:
    • 1 tsp. wasabi powder
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    Toppings:
    • lettuce, torn
    • tomato slices
    • avocado slices
    • 1/2 sheet nori, thinly sliced
    • 4 burger rolls
    • Sriracha sauce

    Directions:
    1. Combine the ground beef and fish sauce together and form into 4 patties. Season each with salt and pepper. Place on a plate and refrigerate until ready to use.
    2. In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise and soy sauce together. Fold in the crab meat and refrigerate until ready to use.
    3. In another small bowl, stir together the wasabi powder and mayonnaise, adjusting to your taste. Also refrigerate until ready to use.
    4. Preheat your grill. Grill the burgers for 5 minutes, flip over and grill another 2-5 minutes, depending on your desired doneness. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
    5. Brush the burger rolls with butter or olive oil and grill for 1-2 minutes or until lightly golden.
    6. Spread the wasabi mayonnaise on both sides of the bun. Assemble the burger starting with lettuce and tomato on the bottom half of the bun, topped with the burger. Place a large spoonful of the crab mixture on top of the burger and then layer with avocado slices and nori strips. Drizzle with Sriracha sauce and top with the other half of the burger bun.

    I won't lie, I was incredibly hesitant to taste this. First, I was completely shocked at just how much it smelled like a California roll you'd get from your local sushi shop. Then I opened my mouth as wide as it would go, squished down the burger as much as possible and took a huge bite.

    I was shocked that it tasted exactly like a California roll (sans rice) on top of a burger. I mean, I'm sure that is exactly what its supposed to taste like, hence the name, but I just wasn't expecting the flavors to be so right on. Would you believe the ground beef loving carnivore wasn't overly impressed by this? I didn't! But apparently he likes his burgers and sushi served separately. Oh well, more for me! :)


1 comment:

  1. Sushi burgers? Now that's something I've never seen before! The beef and crab are an interesting combination (like surf and turf, but on a bun). Too bad the carnivore wasn't a fan... despite that, sounds like something B and I would be wiling to try!

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