Ground beef patties and seared pastrami on toasted buns with Swiss, cole slaw and just the right sauce - these burgers are addictive!
4-5 EA Tony’s Beef Patties or 1.5 LBS. 80% lean ground beef
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1/2 pound pastrami, sliced very thin
4 hearty burger buns, toasted
Tony’s Z Blend or Calgary Steak Rub (or salt & pepper)
4-5 thick slices Fol Epi, Baby Swiss or your favorite Swiss cheese
1 1/2 cups creamy cole slaw
Complements: Local Pickles, Kettle Chips, Spring Greens Salad
Shape ground meat into patties, if needed, keep refrigerated until ready to use. Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, and relish in small bowl. Stir with spoon until smooth.
If grilling the burgers, preheat grill, season patties and begin grilling while preparing pastrami, or they can also be cooked on the stove in a later step. Cook until well browned on both sides and center of burger reads 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, flipping and adding cheese 3/4-way through cooking.
Place as much pastrami as can fit in one layer in a 12-inch non-stick or cast iron skillet or griddle and place over medium high heat. Cook until pastrami is well-browned and crisp on first side, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on second side, about 45 seconds longer.
Transfer to paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining pastrami, placing directly on hot skillet, using as many batches as necessary (you'll probably need about three batches).
Set pastrami aside until needed.
Return empty skillet to heat (leave the pastrami fat) and add two buns, cut-side down. Toast until golden brown, about 1 minute. Repeat with remaining buns. Set aside
If cooking burgers indoors, return pan to heat and cook as above. Divide mayonnaise mixture and cole slaw evenly between bottom buns. Top with cooked burgers, crispy pastrami, and bun tops. Serve immediately with Pickles, Kettle Chips and a salad. Serves 4-5 generously.
Adapted from http://www.seriouseats.com/