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Monday Night Football Burgers On Pretzel Buns With Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

on December 2, 2014

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The perfect meal when your ready to watch the Monday night game. I came across these amazing pretzel buns at the grocery store today. I knew right then it was everything burger tonight.

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Next for the meat.

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Here I have 2 pounds of ground pork. I’m using ground pork because it’s less expensive then the ground beef, and when I’m done with all the flavorings I’m going to be adding, you won’t even know it wasn’t beef. First in a large bowl I add the pork. Next, 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt, 1 tablespoon of black pepper, 8-10 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce (your favorite brand), 2 tablespoons of grilled steak seasoning blend, and 2 tablespoons of dried parsley. Mix all the ingredients together without over mixing. You just want everything to be combined through the meat. Then I gently pat in down into the bowl scoring the meat into 4 sections. This gives me a way to make sure they are relatively the same size. Then I patty them up and push down in the center with my thumb to ensure they will cook evenly.

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I melted 2 tablespoons in a very hot cast iron skillet before placing the burgers in.The butter adds so much flavor to the burgers, you just wouldn’t believe it.  The pan is set on med high, so I can get a nice crust on the outside of the burgers. After about 6 minutes, (these burgers are pretty thick) I flip them and add another small pat of butter in the center of the pan to get onto the other side of the burgers. Remember you only flip the burgers one time. I cook the burgers for another 5-6 minutes on the other side. Then I take them out of the pan placing them on a baking sheet covered with foil to rest. Now in the same pan, I wipe out some of the burnt bits they may be there. I want to toast the buns in the same skillet. I add 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan, and once its melted I place the buns in.

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Now while I was cooking the burgers, I had the oven set on 450 degrees for my sweet potato wedges. I just peeled and cut 3 sweet potatoes into wedges earlier. I rubbed 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil all over the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet. In a bowl I mixed 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. I dumped the sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet and sprinkled them with the seasoning blend.  They roasted in the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning them half way through, about 15 minutes in. When they were done, they caramelized on the outside and fork tender. After they came out of the oven I sprinkled them again with a dusting of Kosher salt.

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I sliced up some of my favorite toppings, with some mixed greens. I sprinkled some shredded cheese on each burger, place them under the broiler for just a minute or two until the cheese was nice and melted. It’s time to build the burgers. Nice toasty bun, a delicious burger, then the toppings. Finally this amazing pretzel bun. YUM!

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