Smoke And Pepper Burger is a burger that is both spicy and smokey, just as the name would suggest.
This recipe is also one of the best to make in bulk because it’s so simple they can freeze it, which leaves time for other things like packing up a beef brisket to go into your favorite smoker or crockpot.
It’s also cheap, topping out at about $6 for the number of burgers you can make with this recipe.
How to make Smoke And Pepper Burger
- 2 pounds lean ground beef, preferably 80%
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 teaspoon)
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons for dredging
- Salt and pepper, to taste
1. For best results, use a cast iron griddle or skillet to brown burgers. Otherwise, use a medium-sized skillet. On one side of the pan, melt half an onion and garlic with a tablespoon of butter or oil. Season with salt and pepper and cook until soft but not browned.
2. In the other half of the pan, mix one tablespoon of flour with a little bit more fat and make a paste. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Add the paste to the pan, add two pounds of ground meat and mix with your hands until thoroughly uniformed. Set aside on a plate and leave to cool for about 15 minutes.
4. Form patties out of equal-sized portions and repeat steps 1-3 until all the burgers are made.
5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add enough butter or oil to coat the bottom of the pan thoroughly, and place four burgers into it (try not to overload the skillet). Season the top with salt and pepper.
6. Add the second half of the onions and two cloves of garlic to the pan, turning once or twice to coat both sides with spices. If burgers are frozen, I recommend adding them at this point, otherwise, place them into the pan after five minutes of cooking and serve as soon as they’re brown/done on one side.
7. After five minutes (or when burgers are done), flip the burgers and cook until the second side is browned, then serve while hot!
8. Serve with:
I put some BBQ sauce on all of my burgers, so that’s what I’ll recommend. If you like your buns toasted, I suggest putting them in the oven for about 2-4 minutes before serving.
Nutrition facts of Smoke And Pepper Burger
|total fat||15 grams|
The Healthy Benefits of Smoke And Pepper Burger
The smokey flavor has a health benefit because it helps your body burn calories, and it is also packed with protein to feel full after a few bites.
It’s also easy to prepare, and I find that I have time to do something else while the burgers are cooking with the time I save.
The fat in this burger is of good quality because it’s from lean ground beef, and we know that leaner meat has fewer calories than fattier cuts of meat. This is a recipe that I like to make in bulk because it’s great for freezing and it’s healthy too.
The History of Smoke And Pepper Burger
Here’s something you may want to know, this burger is believed to have originated in Pittsburgh in the late 1940s by Bob Baumgartner. Smoke And Pepper Burger Recipe Summary
The Smoke and Pepper Burger recipe creates a tasty burger that not only tastes good but is healthy as well.
I like that this recipe is easy to make and can be frozen too, which makes it a convenient meal that you can pull out and reheat in less than ten minutes.
Give it a try next time you’re looking for something with a spicy smokey flavor that’ll keep you full for hours to come.
Can I Freeze It?
Yes, you can freeze this burger for up to three months. Just make sure it is still completely frozen when you put it in the freezer.
I recommend putting it into a freezer-safe bag and immediately placing it in a giant freezer-safe bag. Once thawed out, let them sit for about 10 minutes before eating for the best texture.
Is it Healthy?
This burger is healthy because of the lean ground beef it uses, which means it has fewer calories than the fattier cuts. It’s also low in saturated fats and sodium and rich in potassium, proteins, iron, and vitamin B6.
How Much Does It Cost?
Considering this recipe creates 36 burgers for about $5.5 a pound, this is very cheap for a gourmet meal that you can serve to your family or guests.
The Bottom Line
Smoke And Pepper Burger is excellent for feeding many people because it’s so simple to make, and it has a spicy, smokey flavor that everyone will like.
I also love that this burger can be frozen for up to three months, making it easy to feed a large group of guests.
This recipe is also healthy because of how lean the meat is, and you won’t have to worry about cooking with unhealthy fats.