These were my first BEEF burgers in a loooooong time. I realized I needed more B-Vitamins and Iron for my energy levels so I started incorporating red meat again. Last week it was steak and veggies. The week before I made these burgers because 93% ground beef was on sale. AND I found a really interesting recipe for Raspberry Chipotle Ketchup over on Create Mindfully.
Now, I don’t eat bread, at least not right now (and haven’t really for about 5 months). I actually just think my blood sugar does better without wheat entirely and maybe not for a specific reason, like a gluten sensitivity. I just feel better without it – plain and simple. However, it is kind of sad making burgers then having to eat it on top of a salad but typically I want to put so many toppings on my burgers anyway that eating it on a bun would be a disaster.
Not saying eating it in salad form is that much easier…I’m always trying to scoop up a little bit of everything in each bite like you would get if you were eating it on a bun, like the sandwich it’s supposed to be.
Nonetheless, these burgers were simple, satisfying and the experiment with the raspberry chipotle ketchup was not a failure. I will say though, I altered their recipe slightly and did NOT add extra adobo sauce and it was still very spicy…even for me. And I like spice. If I decide to make it again it will only be 1 chile in adobo sauce in the recipe. I used molasses instead of agave because I just don’t buy agave and molasses is better than honey. I also think it has a richer flavor that goes well with beef. Then instead of cooking it down on the stove, I just combined it all in a blender instead. I do barbecue sauce and thai peanut sauce like that sometimes and it might make a little difference when the flavors all get cooked together, and definitely makes a difference if the sauce does need to thicken. But in this case it didn’t, and when I make a million things in one weekend, I like to save time (cooking and washing dishes)
As far as the actual burgers go – they’re really difficult to screw up. I just mix the meat up with some seasonings and maybe 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce. For these I used garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, pepper, and paprika. A lot of typical burger seasonings call for brown sugar too but I leave the added sugar out. Ketchup is sweet enough, honestly.
I served the patties on a bed of spinach and topped each one with some tomato, red, onion, and of course the ketchup. I also had some caramelized onions and mushrooms I had randomly cooked so I was throwing those on it too.