These burgers. The BEST combination of flavors. The pretzel buns with the sweet/tangy honey mustard, the crispy cornmeal encrusted fried pickle chips, and the smoky BBQ sauce was amazing. And the pepperjack of course. Can it really get any better?
I made these a couple Fridays ago when I was in an indulgent mood. The perfect start to my weekend. The pretzel buns I used are from my local Breadery. Incredible.
Makes 4 burgers
For the honey mustard:
1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt (I used 0% but 2% would give you a creamier honey mustard)
2 T. stone ground dijon mustard
2 T. honey
For the pickle chips:
20 slices kosher dill chips, drained on paper towels
2 T. flour
1 T. cornmeal
2 T. plain breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. onion powder
pinch of cayenne
1 egg + 1 T. water
1/2 cup oil of your choice (I used safflower oil but you could use canola or vegetable too)
For the burgers:
1 1/4 lbs. ground beef
salt and pepper
1/2 c. BBQ sauce of your choice
slices of pepperjack cheese
bibb lettuce leaves
4 pretzel buns
Begin by making the honey mustard. Combine Greek yogurt, dijon mustard, and honey in a small bowl, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.
Next, make the pickle chips. Heat oil in a deep saucepan over medium/high heat. Make sure kosher dill chips are completely dry by patting them with paper towels. Set up two bowls, one with the egg wash (1 egg + 1 T. water), and one with the cornmeal, breadcrumbs, onion powder, and cayenne. Dip pickle slices in egg wash, and then into cornmeal breadcrumb mixture in batches, shaking off excess. Fry the pickle chips in batches, for about 30 seconds to a minute, or until they are golden brown. Season them with salt and pepper as soon as they come out of the oil. Be careful, they do not take long at all. Remove from hot oil and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
Preheat grill or grill pan over medium/high heat for the burgers. Form ground beef into four patties, and season liberally with salt and pepper. Cook patties for 3-4 minutes per side, until desired doneness is reached. During last couple minutes of cooking, baste both sides of burgers with barbeque sauce, and put slices of pepperjack cheese on top. Close the lid on the grill or put a piece of foil over your grill pan to let cheese melt.
To assemble burgers, spread some honey mustard on both sides of pretzel buns, then add bibb lettuce, then the burgers, then drizzle more BBQ sauce on top if you’d like. Top with fried pickle chips and the other bun half and dig in.