Ireland’s pubs are well known for their pints of stout, lager and ale, but today, they’re becoming equally renown for great food like The Irish Burger. Simply an exceptional non-traditional dish.
- 2 pounds Angus ground beef (or ground brisket works really well too)
- 3/4 teaspoon dried minced onion
- salt and pepper, to taste
- crumbled blue cheese, about 4 Tablespoons worth
- 4 pretzel buns, toasted
- handful of arugula lettuce
- slices of Dubliner cheese
- 1/4 Cup Jameson whiskey
- 1/4 Cup ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (or 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- dash of hot sauce
- black pepper, to taste
- 2 yellow onions, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 Cup Guinness beer
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced onions and stir to coat in melted butter. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, and thyme and stir to combine. Saute, stirring occasionally, for about 7 to 10 minutes, until onions are soft and golden brown at the edges.
- Pour in half the Guinness, cover, and cook until liquid is about 3/4 of the way evaporated. Repeat with remaining Guinness. This time, cook until liquid is nearly all evaporated. Remove onions from pan and set aside.
- To a small saucepan, add whiskey and bring to a low boil. Continue to boil for about 2 minutes, then add remaining glaze ingredients and whisk to combine.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes, until glaze is slightly thickened.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- To a large mixing bowl, add ground beef, salt, pepper, and dried minced onion. Use your hands to mix it all together. Separate the meat mixture into 4 equal portions.
- Shape meat into flattened balls, place about 1 Tbsp blue cheese crumbles in the center of the ball and push into the ball. Mold the meat around the cheese and form into a patty.
- Heat a large cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Drizzle a bit of olive oil in the pan. Cook burgers about 6 minutes per side, or until desired doneness. The last minute of cooking, brush burgers with prepared whiskey glaze and place a slice of cheese on the burgers, then cover pan loosely with foil.
- Remove burgers to a plate and cover with foil for 3 minutes.
- Line bottom bun with arugula lettuce, then top with burger. Place a generous helping of caramelized onions on top of the burger, then drizzle with additional glaze. Top with top bun and enjoy!
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