War Hammer Burger

Warning: this burger is not for the faint of heart. It requires commitment. It requires a steady hand. It requires gastronomic fortitude.  Are you worthy?

The genesis of this burger came from watching Acquisitions Intoxicated on the Penny Arcade Twitch channel. They are brewing a different D&D-themed beer each week, based on the characters of a long-running D&D game the Penny Arcade crew (with other such luminaries as Wil Wheaton, Patrick Rothfuss, and Morgan Webb) has been playing in conjunction with Wizards of the Coast, and run by Chris Perkins.

This week, they brewed a black IPA called WarPriest. When I asked what food would pair well with the finished product, they said a burger, and “meat”. The result is the War Hammer: beef, chorizo, prosciutto, bacon, and a fried egg with Zombie Punch Sauce (cause a cleric’s burger should be able to turn the undead).

I’ll be honest, I got the meat sweats while eating it. I’ve decided that this is a “sometimes” burger.

See my question and Eric’s answer for pairings at the 35:25 minute mark below. Adult language.

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War Hammer Burger
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
burger
Ingredients
war-hammer-burger
Instructions
  1. Preheat your grill to high.
  2. Mix the beef, chorizo, and Dash Cunning Spice Rub in a bowl with your fingers. Form into a patty about 1 inch thick, and use your thumbs to put a divot in the middle of the top.
  3. Add the bacon to a cold skillet, and place over medium/medium-high heat. Cook until crispy; keep the rendered bacon fat in the pan
  4. Put your burger on the grill. Turn after 4 minutes. Remove from the grill after another 3 minutes, or once desired doneness has been reached. Quickly toast your bun on the hot grill.
  5. Start building the burger: patty, Zombie Punch BBQ Sauce, prosciutto, bacon.
  6. Heat the bacon fat over medium heat, and crack the egg into the pan, taking care not to break the yolk. Fry for about 1 minute until the egg white and yolk are set, then place on top of the burger.
  7. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top, and then dig in.
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Breakfast Barbecue Burger

The Saint Brian’s Breakfast Barbecue Burger is an amazing way to start a weekend of fiery cooking revelry.

Set the scene: you’ve organized a weekend campout/cookout for your friends. The sun has peaked over the horizon, night’s cool still hangs in the air, the morning mists cling to the ground. As your guests awake and emerge, the grill is already fired up and you’ve started breakfast, it’s alluring aroma mixing with coffee brewing on the fire.  Beef, sausage, avocado, egg…it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t.

The key to this dish is preparing all of the ingredients (mise en place) prior to firing up the grill. As a secondary point, being gentle with the eggs will allow for the yolks to run out all over the burger at the first bite and will really tie all of the ingredients together.

While you can use white cheddar in this recipe, it will be well-worth it to use raclette.

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Saint Brian's Breakfast Barbecue Burger
A breakfast burger as epic as the day you will have upon eating it.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Burgers
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Burgers
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix the beef, sausage, and spice rub in a bowl. You will need to take care to break up the sausage so that it is evenly mixed throughout.
  2. Form the mixture into 2 patties, gently. Don't overwork the meat, or else you'll end up making meatloaf. Use your thumb to put a small divot in the middle of the top side of the patty. This will prevent it from puffing up and turning into a meatball, and will help alert you as to when to flip it.
  3. Put the burger patties on a screaming hot, oiled grill.
  4. If you have a side burner, start cooking your bacon. You can also do this ahead of time so you can concentrate on the burger itself.
  5. When you start to see blood droplets forming on top of the burger, it's time to flip them, about 5 minutes. The burger will release easily from the grill. If you really have to work a spatula under there, it means it's not time yet.
  6. With about 2 minutes left (you should cook the burgers about 5 minutes per side), toast the buns and melt the cheese on the burgers.
  7. Remove the burgers from the grill. Build the burgers: bacon, avocado, burger, tomato, sauce.
  8. Fry the egg in the same pan that you cooked the bacon. There should be enough grease in there to cook the egg white all of the way through without having to flip it and risk breaking the yolk. Cooking time: 1 minute on the heat, 1 minute off.
  9. Gently add the eggs to the top of the burger.
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