Grilled Chicken Sausage Burgers with Sriracha Honey Mustard - Even with us grinding the chicken we would still file this recipe in the "super quick" category. There's really not a whole lot to this relatively simple burger. For the patty we will need 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs and 1/2 lb. each of sweet and hot Italian sausage.
We get to fire up the meat grinder, which is always a good time. We're using a fine grind this time that will result in a tighter more dense burger. If you like your burgers a little more crumbly, use the coarse grind plate. Toss in the chicken thighs one at a time until all 5 have been ground.
To the ground chicken add both sausages and mix with your hands until well combined.
Taking a small handful of meat at a time, form the mixture into round patties roughly the same size as the bun. Season the patties with a little Back of the Yards.
Chill the burgers in the fridge to get them to firm up a bit, which gives us a little time to knock out that Sriracha honey mustard. This condiment consists of only three ingredients. Any guesses on what they might be? If you guessed Sriracha, honey and mustard, you would be correct. Congratulations. Whisk together 1/4 each of wildflower honey and dijon mustard with 3 tablespoons of Sriracha. Not only does this taste great, but check out that cool color!
Pull the patties out of the fridge and take them out to the grill. Since these are still fairly sticky, we going to start these off on an oiled griddle to get a crust on them before finishing them directly on the grill. Once the griddle is hot, add a couple of tablespoons of grape seed oil to it. Place the patties on the hot griddle.
Cook the burgers for 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown then shift off the griddle onto the grill grate on the cool side of the grill. Close the grill and allow the burgers to continue to cook until they are cooked through then remove from heat.
Putting these together is snap. We wrap a wheat bun in a paper towel and microwave for 10 seconds to warm and soften it. Place a patty on the bottom half along with a large spoonful or two of the Sriracha honey mustard.
A crisp piece of Bibb lettuce, a slather of mayo and some fresh slices of a high quality dill pickle go on next.
It's time to close it up and slice it. The flavors going on in this little sandwich were amazing. It is one of the most flavorful chicken burgers you'll ever eat. As for that sauce we were skeptical at first when we saw it in a recent issue of Food & Wine. Admittedly, plain honey mustard is not one of our favorite condiments but Sriracha on the other hand may be our most favorite condiment. We took the chance and were we glad we did. The three ingredients work great together. If you're looking for a change of pace from the traditional burger, definitely give this alternative burger a whirl.
Peoples Brewing Procrastinator Helles - We do another lager from Lafayette's Peoples Brewing, this time it's a European-style lager in the form of their version of a German Helles. The beer pours a very dark orange, almost brown with little to no head. Both of these are contrary to the lighter, bubbly lagers we are used to in the U.S. The aroma is mostly malty, sweet and rich with the the scent of cocoa. That earthy chocolate is also the dominant flavor we detected after the first few sips. The beer has more in common with a brown ale with its full body and full flavor, but at about 4.5% ABV it resides firmly in lager territory when it comes to booziness. The pairing was excellent. The malty Helles really brought out the natural sweetness in the meat. It helped that the beer was relatively light to drink along side this filling burger.
Powered Wig Machine "Supa Collider" - So, when we say this release is brand new, we mean brand spankin' new. This awesome new album just came out Thursday and it's been in our heavy rotation ever since. These Arizonians know a thing or two about the desert, specifically desert rock with their mystic brand being churned out loud and fully leaded. The opening track "At the Helm of Hades" begins with a heavy fuzzed out churning riff and squealing Hammond organ. The track is a retro sounding heavy blues number and a great introduction to the album. On "Led Masqurade" things get even bluesier backed by a swinging, almost jazzy drum beat. "Here Come the Freaks" is reminiscent of "Electric"-era The Cult, not only musically but also in the Ian Astbury-like vocals. The song has an infectious sleazy swagger to it that quickly made it become one of our favorite tracks on the album. "Wizard of Orgy" is a modern day version of Hendrix's "Gypsy Eyes". The title track slows things down with a slow funky bass groove that slithers along to start the track. A monstrous riff makes its appearance and the song begins to pick up steam almost immediately. It's heavy, melodic and groove oriented resulting in a sound that resembles a Kiss/Sevendust hybrid. The best track on the album is the AC/DC-esque "Mother Rocker" complete with a catchy Angus Young type riff. The closing number is "Brain of Hank Pym" that features yet another great riff. The organ and some excellent guitar work really stand out on this song. The groove is also decidedly "Clutch-like, which is never a bad thing. It's a great tune to cap off an excellent album.