Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Surf and Turf Burgers

I got the idea for this from an Oprah show, but I tweaked the recipe they gave to give it some of my own style.

What you need:  
for the meat patties:   1 kg of lean ground beef, 1 egg, 1 cup bread crumbs, 1 small onion chopped finely, 1 tbs of garlic, minced, salt and pepper.  optional -1/2 tbs or more of sambal oelek;

for the stuffing : 1 small container, 250 gr, of cream cheese; 1 small can of salad shrimp; 6 -8 large chopped, cooked scallops; 1 cup grated cheddar cheese; 1 tbs parsley flakes.  if you want to be really decadent, you can add 1/2 cup of  cooked crab or lobster meat. seasoning of your choice - salt, pepper, etc.

buns, condiments, and things you like on burgers

What you do:

 In a medium bowl, mix all the stuffing ingredients. Taste and add seasonings. make a log of the cheese mix, about 3" in diametre. Wrap in plastic and place in fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.

Meanwhile, mix the beef with other burger ingredients, and form into 16 balls. Press each ball between 2 small plates, or put into your hamburger press if you have one. Make the meat patties about 5 inch in diametre, and about 1/4 inch thick. 
Remove cheese/seafood log from fridge, and cut off 8 slices about 1/4 inch thick. (You may have more stuffing than you can use in 1 batch, but this stuff freezes well).
Assemble the burgers by placing 1 meat patty then a slice of the stuffing, then a meat patty. Press firmly around the edges to seal the stuffing mix in.

Cook on the grill until meat is completely cooked through. Place on your favourite buns and garnish as desired. As always -- enjoy.


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