Burger Week Menu

It’s taken a lot of planning but I have finally decided on the menu for Burger Week along with accompanying sides. The idea behind Burger Week is to sample 5 different burgers from 5 different cuisine types with different meats and preparation methods. The boy and I will then vote on the burgers to determine an overall winner. We have index cards made out already for bison, beef, poultry, veggie and sausage with 4 categories to score and room to write notes. The burgers will be judged on taste, creativity, appearance and burgerliciousness. Burgerliciousness, for those of you not in the know, is the scale of how a burger rates compared to a classic  American bacon cheeseburger. Burgerliciousness grades the texture, the juiciness and, of course, the sloppiness (5 napkin!). As I’m sure you can tell, burgerliciousness is a very subjective category.

The burgers will take us around the world on a mini-culinary tour. I will post our scores each night along with photos and notes. Now, without further adieu, here is the menu for burger week, complete with a listing of sides.

Bison – New American
Blueberry and Oat Bison Burgers with Cabernet Onions and Goat Cheese Spread
Side: Garlic oven fries

Poultry – Mediterranean
Mediterranean Turkey Burgers with Feta and Tzatziki
Side: Greek salad and crudites with (homemade!) tzatziki

Veggie – Mexican
Corn and Two-Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup
Side: Salsa bean soup with Mexican cheese (Chihuahua or Oaxaca)

Sausage – Italian
Italian Sausage Meatball Burgers with Fresh Mozzarella and Marinara Sauce
Side: Panzanella with fresh mozzarella

Beef – Asian
Korean Barbecue Burgers with Spicy Sriracha Asian Slaw
Side: Coconut basmati rice with mango, bell pepper, green onion and cilantro

We begin tonight with the bison burgers. I have to admit I am looking forward to these ones the most. Once I decided to add blueberries (my favorite thing), I decided to take it one step further with my favourite things and add in goat cheese. Caramelized onions reduced in red wine should compliment both quite nicely. I don’t expect to taste the blueberries, per se, but I do think they will add a lot of moisture to the lean bison. Excitement!

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~ by canadianbaconette on May 3, 2009.

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