Make Your Burger Special: Spread it on!
I love a good hamburger and am always looking for new toppings or recipes to try (or just an excuse to make them for dinner). I get bored with the same old mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup on my burger, so I decided to try a couple different spreads to give each hamburger more personality and flavor.
You may have noticed an increase in the number of recipes, articles, and blogs that are talking about pimento cheese. This retro product is being reinvented all over the country, and I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about. I picked up some Mrs. Kinser’s Pimento Cheese Spread with Pepper Jack and spread it on my hamburger patty for an extra kick. The result was a delicious, gooey topping that added just the right amount of flavor, without being too spicy. I deemed this burger, the “Throwback”, because it highlights a product that gained popularity in the 1920′s, and is currently resurfacing on menus and store shelves across the country.
For more of a gourmet hamburger, I went with Stonemill Kitchens Artichoke Parmesan Dip. I paired this product with a turkey burger, because the rich artichoke Parmesan dip was a nice compliment to the lean turkey meat. Make sure the patty is piping hot before spreading on the dip to ensure that the Parmesan cheese will melt. I topped this burger with some fresh arugula and caramelized onions and the result was a gourmet-inspired turkey burger that is now one of my go-to dishes!
Whether you’re making hamburgers for your family or serving them for guests, these easy additions will bring your burger to the next level! Not only can you mix up the spreads, but try different toppings as well. Things like bacon, sauteed mushrooms, salad greens, caramelized onions, and roasted red pepper are “gourmet” touches that any home cook can master. Enjoy!