I tried to come up with a catchier name than Cabin Burgers, I really did. But the truth of the matter is, this is the meal that the kids beg for when we head to the cabin, and thus they have always been called “Cabin Burgers”. The name just stuck, boring or not. And although the name may be boring, this burger is anything but…
I love making Cabin Burgers with my family, because everyone helps. My little one helps to measure ingredients, then my older one uses her hands to knead all of the ingredients into the ground beef, and finally my husband mans the grill. All I really have to do is supervise-and then make sure we have all of the toppings. A true family dinner! This one is perfect for those hot summer days when you don’t want to use the oven.
This particular recipe is adapted from Weber’s Real Grilling by Jamie Purveyance. Although I was going to tell you that if you don’t have it, you should definitely get it, according to amazon, my copy is already obsolete. There is, however, a new edition, Weber’s New Real Grilling, which although I cannot promise has the same recipes, is also likely fantastic. (I cannot tell you how old this makes me feel…obsolete, really? I swear I just bought it yesterday!)
This particular burger starts with a patty brimming with spices and flavor. I then add creamy avocado, crisp arugula, ripe tomato and then top it all off with tangy blue cheese crumbles. If you are really looking for decadence-and I always am-a dab of siracha mayo leads to utter perfection. Try them-I bet your family will love them too!
- 2½ pounds ground beef
- 3 Tablespoons ketchup
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 8 brioche buns (or the hamburger bun of your choice)
- 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
- 2 avocados, thinly sliced
- 2 cups arugula leaves
- 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup Sriracha Mayo
- Place ground beef, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, basil, thyme, salt, Tabasco and pepper in a large bowl.
- Using your hands, mix the ingredients until all ingredients are incorporated into the ground beef.
- Form 8 patties, remembering to dimple each patty in the center
- Grill hamburgers for approximately 6 minutes a side (keep in mind, this time is dependent on how close your burgers are to the flame, how thick your burgers are, and how well done you want your burgers-you may want a little more time...or a little less)
- Allow hamburgers to rest, covered with a foil tent, until you are ready to build your burger!
- Grill buns cut side down until golden (this can also be done in your oven-put buns cut side up on a baking tray, broil for 45 seconds-1 minute, until golden).
- Spread bottom of bun with ½ Tablespoon Sriracha Mayo
- Stack arugula, tomato slices, avocado slices and then the burger onto the bottom of the bun.
- Sprinkle top of hot burger with ½ ounce of crumbled blue cheese.
- Finally, cover with top bun.