IT’S HALLOWEEN, cue the bats and the ‘Ghost Busters’ Theme song. It’s been a little while since I did a Bob’s Burger recipe and I thought it was fitting due to both my & Linda’s love of the holiday. This burger has everything you need, cheese, HEAT, and homemade ketchup. There is also that added element of fear when cutting up fresh habanero’s. As a warning, PLEASE be careful with habanero’s if you have rubber gloves please do use them and wash your hands, cutting board, and knife immediately after touching them. This is not an exaggeration, those buggers will ruin your day in a SECOND. With that being said, let’s get into it.
- 1 Medium White Onion, chopped
- Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Minced Fresh Ginger
- 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 28 oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 LBS Ground Beef
- 4 Habaneros, or to taste, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
- 2 Cups Fresh Cheese Curds
- Boston Leafe Lettuce
- 4 Burger Buns
Let’s Get Cookin’
Saute the chopped onion in a large pan with some olive oil over MED-HIGH heat, just until they get soft. Turn heat to low, and add in ginger + garlic, cook until the onions are translucent.
Turn the heat back up to MED-HIGH and add vinegar + brown sugar, stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the tomatoes and simmer for 30 min, add in salt + pepper. WOW YOU’RE AMAZING YOU JUST MADE KETCHUP. You can blend it if you prefer it smoother, just wait until it cools to do so.
Without touching absolutely anything on your body, mix in the chopped habaneros with the beef and form 4 patties. WASH YOUR HANDS ASAP. Season both sides with salt + pepper and wash your hands again.
Cook the patties to your liking, I do about 6 minutes each side on a hot skillet for Med-Rare. Right before the burgers are done, top with the cheese curds and cover so they get all melty.
Build the burger: Bottom bun, lettuce, burger with melty cheese curds, LOTS of homemade ketchup & top bun.
The book mentions you need to turn to your guests and say this before taking a bite: “Has it oc-curd to you that you’re about to eat one of the best meals of your lives?”
Amazing I know, now go enjoy this spicy burger, that actually is extremely balanced with the cheese and ketcup.