Sunday, November 27, 2011

Steakhouse Burger

I'm heading out tomorrow for the weekend to take Trevor to Florida for a fishing trip with my father-in-law.  We're after the big bruising redfish that cruise the chilly Gulf waters this time of year. 

This past weekend, we had some friends over to watch some of the big in-state rivalry football games like Auburn/Alabama (sorry, Steph), Florida/Florida State, Georgia/Georgia Tech, and Clemson/South Carolina.  

On the tailgating menu was Grilled Chipotle and Honey Wings [click for recipe] (a recipe I developed to go with Bush's Baked Beans Honey variety) and a Steakhouse Burger.  This is a "non-recipe" type post since it's nothing very original, but you'll get the general idea.

  • The beef - ground chuck roast seasoned with black pepper and garlic, formed into 3 ounce patties.  Sealed the stuffing between two patties.
  • The stuffing - I like the sharp bite of blue cheese.  A lot of my guests don't so I compromised.  I used blue cheese with a quarter slice of American cheese for the "I don't like blue cheese" people and they loved it.  I "forgot" to tell them there was blue cheese in it until they were saying how good it was.
  • The onions - caramelized sliced onions and hit with a splash of white wine in the last 10 minutes.
  • The mushrooms - sliced and sauteed in butter 5 minutes.  Added some diced garlic and parsley, sauteed another 2 minutes.
  • The sauce - 2 parts mayo, 1 part your favorite steak sauce and then seasoned to taste with salt, pepper, and turbinado sugar.  
  • The buns - grilled.  
Grilled stuffed "jucy lucy" burgers are always a hit.

Alexis said this was one of the year's best burgers.  Close, but I have to agree.

Paper towels - mandatory equipment for dealing with Grilled Chipotle & Honey Wings.

Like the cool football themed paper plates and cups?  Solo Cup Company has this line out in stores right now just in time for the bowl-game season and the NFL playoffs.   They have all the benefits of their normal plates (cut resistant, grease proof, etc) and are "cute to boot" (Alexis said that.....not me).   

If you are planning bowl game or playoff get together, keep an eye out for the Solo Cup football line in your store.  I say "if" because the local Tennessee Vols are not bowl eligible and my hometown Jacksonville Jaguars have been mathematically eliminated from play off contention.  Mathematically eliminated?  How bad do you have to be at sports to even have "math" beat you? 

[Standard Disclaimer] I received compensation from Bush Beans to develop the wing recipe and compensation from Solo Cup Company.  I already used both products anyway.


  1. Love the cups! The food looks amazing - much better than our football game!!

  2. Its not a "Red Solo Cup" but I'm sure it works just the same;)

    Those burgers look amazing. Happy Fishing! Great memories you are creating with Trevor.

  3. It all looks delicious, I want to come watch football at your place!

  4. All the food looks awesome! I haven't seen those cups before.

  5. I'm pretty awful at sports and I'm pretty sure anything that involved the two would be a double beating.

    Have fun fishing!

  6. LOL.. I think you have to be pretty bad to have math beat you in sports, but I could be wrong.. sports may have changed since I played them back in the day :)
    Chris, you continually outdo yourself.. and I must say, I'm so jealous at your photography skills! My goodness everything looks amazing.. I want it all!!
    Enjoy your fishing trip!

  7. Have I ever told you how much I wish we were neighbors?

    The burger has me drooling. Literally!

    Have fun fishing with your boy.

  8. I can't wait to see the fish burgers you make when you return!

  9. Chris, great combination--wings and burgers. Hope you are coming to Destin,Fl (The World's Luckiest Fishing Village). Redfish are jumping in the boats. Lots of Mingo, grouper, trigger, and amberjack as well.

  10. I was glad not to see a "sorry Velva" after the Florida/Florida State game (whew).
    Your burgers are warm touch to much cooler weather. Awesome. Seriously, they look delicious.

    Enjoy your time in Florida.


  11. Have fun fishing, Chris! This burger looks amazing, and the Solo cups and plates are really cute!

    Kim in MD

  12. The food looks wonderful,Chris!Have a great time!

  13. The burgers look INCREDIBLE!! I have been craving mushrooms like crazy lately. These need to happen SOON! Hope your trip was awesome. Have a great day, Chris!

  14. Did you know the mister bleeds orange?!?! He's a Vols fan through and through and was more than a bit irritated with them this season...the good news is I no longer have to wash his orange sweatshirt and matching pants each week as he's buried them deep in his closet until next season! Happy fishing!

  15. I'm with you, I'll take mine with sharp cheddar. Those solo cups and plates are great! Have a great time fishing.

  16. I would do just about anything for a Jucy Lucy right now! Hope you all had a great weekend!

  17. Dang that sure looks good and love cheddar on mine,

  18. Burgers, wings - this was a feast of awesomeness. Those wings look good, but then I see that cheese coming out of the burger . . . magnificent. Simple, but magnificent.

  19. You sure know how to tailgate Chris. These look fantastic. I've kept up with your trip on FB. Sounds like you all had fun.

  20. Football, beer and burgers. Well, two out of three ain't bad! GREG

  21. Your burgers (and burger shots) are always flawless! How the heck do you do that?!? Please come to my house and show me!


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