Last month I introduced you to our new favorite burger. My husband and I both agreed it was our favorite. Then I made this burger...and now my husband and I are having a disagreement as to which burger is better. While I agree both burgers are quite good the flavor of the andouille takes the first burger over the top, in my opinion. My husband however, loves white sauce and pork..so I should have known better! The recipe actually came from the Food Network show, Ultimate Recipe Showdown and won the round for best tasting burger. That should tell you everything you need to know, the burger is good. I wasn't sure how much I would love the white sauce...I can only handle so much vinegar, but it was surprisingly good, the flavors weren't overpowering.
Alabama Smokehouse Burger
For the Alabama White Sauce:
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
12 slices bacon, cooked, reserving 1 1/2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat
For the burgers:
2 pounds ground pork
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 slices smoked Gouda
6 Kaiser rolls, split
2 1/2 cups shredded greens
To make Alabama White Sauce:
In a small mixing bowl combine the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, and black pepper. Mix until well combined and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To make the burgers:
Combine the pork, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat from the skillet. Mix well, handing the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the size of the rolls.
Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grill rack with oil to prevent sticking. Arrange the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once just until done, about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. During the last few minutes of cooking, top the burgers with equal amounts of Gouda and put the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to lightly toast.
To assemble the burgers, place a generous amount of Alabama white sauce on the cut side of the rolls. On the bottom half of each roll place shredded greens, a cheese-topped patty, and 2 slices of bacon. Cover with the top of the roll and serve.
Source adapted from: www.foodnetwork.com