JAZZED-UP ARCTIC BURGERS
14 g (½ oz) package dried mixed mushrooms
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
1 tsp (5 ml) brown sugar
1¼ lbs (625 g) ground muskox or elk
1 tbsp (15 ml) minced fresh sage leaves
1 tsp (5 ml) salt
1 tsp (5 ml) pepper
4 large brioche or regular burger buns, toasted
oppings: cooked bacon, aged cheddar, lettuce, sliced avocado, sliced tomatoes and mayonnaise, as desired
Kicked-Up Grilled Corn, to serve (Separate Recipe)
- Place dried mushroom in a small bowl with hot water and set aside to plump, about 10 minutes. This would be a good time to prep corn, if making. Factor in cooking time.
- Add thinly slice shallots to small frying pan with olive oil. Sprinkle with sugar and sauté over medium-low heat, stirring often until golden and soft. Transfer to a large bowl. Using a slotted spoon, lift plumped mushrooms from hot water to a cutting board. Reserve liquid. Blot mushrooms dry and coarsely chop. Add to shallots.
- Add ground muskox, minced sage, salt and pepper to shallots and mushrooms. Using hands, work mixture together until blended. Do not overwork meat or it will result in a tough burger. Add a little mushroom water to moisten, as desired. Shape into 4 even-sized patties about 4 or 5-in (10 or 12 cm) wide and ¾ to 1-in (2 to 2.5 cm) thick, about 5 oz (140 g) each. Let rest at room temperature while preheating grill.
- Preheat grill to medium and generously grease. Place burgers on grill and barbecue for about 7 or 8 minutes per side or until centre of meat registers 135 to 250 F (57 to 130 C) on a meat thermometer. Don’t press on burgers while cooking or they will become tough. Allow burgers to rest 5 minutes before assembling.
- Line bottom half of toasted buns with mayonnaise and lettuce, and layer on toppings of choice.