Smoked Paprika & Cheddar Burgers

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Smoked Paprika & Cheddar Burgers

Smoked Paprika & Cheddar Burgers

I have to admit that I am mostly a burger purist. I do not like a burger with a lot of filler like bread or cracker crumbs. I've always preferred a simply seasoned, lean, grilled, pure beef burger that leaves the natural flavor of the beef front and center. I like to vary the condiments and toppings to that natural burger to create different flavor combinations in  my burgers.

In this case, however, I did not regret a little experimentation with the seasonings and flavors in this burger. It was in a word, outstanding. I've added grated cheddar to burger meat before but in this case I cut the cheddar into small 1 cm cubes and I like that method much better as the cheese forms little melted pockets that you bite into. The smoked paprika, roasted garlic and toasted sesame oil add a fantastic smokey deliciousness to this cast iron cooked and crusted burger. I have shown it here with basic condiments and a couple of slices of red onion. This burger is so full of flavor that it doesn't need a lot of toppings but it is also very good with tomato and bacon.

For each burger combine:

  • 6 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 ounces old cheddar, cut in 1 cm cubes
  • pinch kosher salt 
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 clove roasted garlic, mashed into a paste
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce (optional)

Form into patties and cook in a hot, lightly oiled cast iron pan until well done (internal temperature with a meat thermometer should read 160 degrees F or higher. Serve on toasted crusty rolls.
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March 9, 2011 at 1:19 PM

This sounds great, I love the idea of having little pockets of cheese to bite into! I find it is best to make a burger with just meat and no filler breadcrumbs - it tastes so much better.

Anonymous
September 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Sounds great, but where is the smoked paprika in the recipe?

September 18, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Oops! Fixed.

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