Boy I sure seem to like big ol' sloppy burgers don't I? But heck, who doesn't? If you don't need at least two napkins it isn't a real burger in my mind!
This is another in my continuing line of burgers I have been making. I have just become obsessed with cooking on the grill since it has been so hot. Then the grilling obsession turn more toward a burger obsession and well, as you can tell from the other burgers I have come up ( Inside Out Bacon Cheddar Burgers with Caramelized Onions, Big Fat Greek Burgers, The Mr T Burger, and the Big Pig Burger) my imagination goes crazy. I just love the process of thinking about all of the things I could throw at a burger, and what would work well together.
This burger actually came about because a local company, called Purdy Organics, offered me some samples of their products. I used the Cider Vinegar with Rosemary and Garlic to brine a chicken and it came out fabulous!! You can see that recipe here. This time I tried the spicy pickled red onion and immediately know I wanted to use them on a burger somehow.
I knew I wanted to do something more exciting than piling them up on the burger so I decided do use them in the sauce. I love flavored sauces or aiolis (which is just a fancy name for mayo) on a burger. Give me sweet, spicy, tangy, cheesy, oh ya bring it on!
Then I thought about the toppings I wanted. I wasn't sure and went back and forth on a few things, but in the end I decided just to put the toppings I would want on it. fresh tomato, lettuce, avocado, yum!! It all just reminds me of California, hence the name I gave the burger. Whether it reminds me of California, or just tastes ding dang good, all I know is I love this burger!
California Burgers with Spicy Red Onion Aioli
1-12 ounce jar of Purdy Organics Red Spicy Onions (or use this recipe for homemade), drained well and excess liquid squeezed out.2 egg yolks
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
½ cup canola oil
1 lb ground beef (can use turkey)
1 clove of garlic, grated or mashed into a paste
Cracked black pepper
4 large burger buns
1 large tomato, sliced into 4 slices
1 large avocado, mashed
1 lime, juiced
In a bowl mix together the ground beef, garlic, salt, and pepper. Score the meat in an "X" so you divide it into 4 equal portions. Form 4 patties.
Place onions into a food processor along with yolks, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper, blend until smooth. With the motor running, drizzle in ½ cup olive oil, plus canola oil until emulsified. Transfer aioli to a bowl, cover and refrigerate.
Grill over medium-high heat, depending on the thickness of the patty, about 5 minutes per side for well done.
While burgers are grilling, cut avocados in half lengthwise and discard pits. Scoop out flesh and mash with lime juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
To serve, place lettuce and tomato on bottom bun. Top with the burger patty and drizzle with the aioli. Spread mashed avocado on top bun and place on top of the burger.