Caesar Salad Burger
Category: Main Dishes | Blog URL: http://cravingsandravings.blogspot.com/2010/02/caesar-salad-burger.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Annette Gallagher
I love Caesar salad, but I'm tired of them with grilled chicken or shrimp. I love burgers, and since I live with a guy who loves them even more than I do, I grill them at least once a week. Pollo Tropical, a local grilled chicken chain in south Florida, used to make a chicken Caesar sandwich, so I thought "Why not translate that to a burger?" I'm sure I'm not the first, but I really liked the results. The burgers are seasoned with some of the ingredients that go into Caesar dressing, and then basically topped with Caesar salad.
When I make burgers, I only use 90% lean sirloin ground beef. I know a lot of grilling experts will say to use 80% lean ground chuck, but I hate dealing with all the flare-ups from the extra grease dripping on the coals. There's also a lot more shrinking with chuck, so even though the price per pound is generally lower, you need more meat to start with to have a decent-sized burger at the end.
Since I use a charcoal grill and only lump hardwood charcoal, the fire takes a while to get going. I light it before I do anything else!