Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"Fire" Burgers

This recipe is my interpretation/memory of the original, courtesy of the Diener family. My brother married into the family and I think he made an excellent choice as my sister-in-law is beautiful, sweet and just overall amazing - but my feeling about her family was even further solidified once I tasted these delicious burgers.

The fire sauce is so good you'll want to get creative and mix it with everything. I tried it in scrambled eggs, guacamole, mixed with ranch dressing for a dip and just plain on tortilla chips if you can stand the heat.

The mix of peppers is up to you, use what you can find in your grocery store/farmer's market and adjust the heat accordingly.

*Warning* I recommend wearing gloves while cutting the peppers and handling the raw burgers and don't touch your eyes or nose!

"Fire" Sauce:
2 large jalapenos
2 large habaneros
4 banana peppers
6 serrano peppers
1 tbs peanut oil or other oil (enough to slightly emusify)
Salt & Pepper
Garlic powder (or use whole garlic cloves)

Cut off stem and chop peppers roughly. Discard seeds and membranes unless you like it REALLY hot. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Can be stored, chilled, in an airtight container for a few days.

2 lbs ground beef
1/4 cup fire sauce (or to taste )
2 large eggs
1 cup crushed crackers such as Ritz
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garlic powder and other spices to taste

Blend all ingredients by hand or in a stand mixer. Form 6 large, flat patties by hand. Grill to desired doneness.


Sarah said...

I'm making this ASAP!!!!! =)

Meredith K. said...

Made these tonight. So good! We omitted the habaneros and they were still spicey. Will definitely make again. Thanks!