Next, to having pizza or wings, burgers are really another great choice to have when you’re watching the Monday night game.
I came across these amazing pretzel buns, at the grocery store. They’ll make the perfect vessels for my burgers. These are my Burgers With Roasted Sweet Potatoes Wedges.
Today I’m using ground beef for my burgers. You could substitute, ground pork, chicken, or turkey for this recipe, any choice you make will be delicious.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 1 (12-inch) cast-iron skillet, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, large mixing bowl, chef’s knife
2 pounds of ground beef (80% lean 20% fat ratio)
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons of onion powder
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
8 to 10 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup of barbecue sauce (favorite brand)
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
10 tablespoons of butter, unsalted (1 stick plus 2 tablespoons)
1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 large heirloom tomato, sliced thick
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 cups of mixed greens
Ingredients For Roasted Sweet Potatoes Wedges:
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thick wedges
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
Start by adding to a large mixing bowl, ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce, and Italian flat-leaf parsley.
Using a fork, mix all the ingredients together without over mixing. You just want everything to be combined evenly through the meat. Gently pat the mixture down into the bowl, using your hands to score the meat into 4 sections. This helps to ensure the burgers are relatively the same size. Take one of the sections, making a nice patty with your hands. Using your thumb push down in the center forming a dimple. This will ensure they will cook evenly.
In a preheated cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, melt and swirl 2 tablespoons of butter all over the bottom of the pan. The objective is to form a nice crust on the outside of both sides of the burgers.
Set all 4 patties into the cast-iron skillet. After about 6 minutes, (these burgers are pretty thick) flip them and add 2 more tablespoons of butter in the center of the pan to help form the crust on the other side of the burger patties. Remember you only flip the burgers one time. Cook the burgers on the other side for another 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer the cooked burgers to a sheet pan and cover with foil to stay warm.
Start by covering a sheet pan with foil. Before using the same skillet, take a paper towel and wipe out some of the burnt bits on the bottom of the pan. On medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter swirl the butter all over the skillet. Once the butter has melted add the pretzel buns to the skillet. Allow them to absorb the butter and toast for 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the toasted buns to the covered sheet pan. Repeat the process for the remaining two buns.
While the burgers are cooking, In a large mixing bowl add the vegetable oil and sweet potato wedges, toss to combine. In a small mixing bowl, add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper.
Spread the sweet potatoes wedges onto the baking sheet pan sprinkling them with the seasoning blend, toss to evenly coat all the wedges. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, turning them halfway (15 minutes) through the cooking process until caramelized on the outside and fork-tender. Transfer the potatoes to a large serving bowl. While hot, sprinkle with Kosher salt to taste and garnish with Italian flat-leaf parsley.
Set the oven to the broil position:
Evenly divide the shredded Monterey cheese between the four burgers. Place under the broiler to melt the cheese. Keep a close eye on them, 1 to 2 minutes.
I sliced up some of my favorite toppings, mixed greens, sliced heirloom tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onions. It’s time to build the burgers. Nice toasty buns, delicious perfectly cooked burgers, then the toppings. Finally the roasted sweet potatoes. There you have it, my Burgers With Roasted Sweet Potatoes Wedges.