Food is a huge part of the Brazillian culture, as it probably is in many different countries. Usually, we have a Brazillian style barbecue on a Sunday after church – which is usually made by my brother – full of meat, family and no electronic devices. Since finding Brazillian cuts of meat can get tricky, my husband and I have adapted to an American style barbecue: Hamburgers!
As you may see from the picture above, we threw some of our style into the process. In the south of Brazil, it is common to roast an onion with the meat. If you don’t have a churrasco skewer, you can just leave it on the grill until it is all burnt on the outside. The onions get super juicy and kind of sweet.
Today we decided to make an Asian style burger. The burger recipe was inspired by the Korean Beef Bowl recipe on Damn Delicious, which, by the way, is one of my go-to recipes when I want something easy to cook at home. This recipe makes six large burgers, here are the details:
- 1 lb ground beef (we used 80/20, but you can use whatever you prefer)
- 1 lb ground pork (if you’re not a fan of pork, you can use 2lbs of bees instead)
- 2 inches of ginger ground
- 3 green onions (thinly sliced)
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes (more to taste)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 5 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 egg
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- salt and crushed black pepper to taste
- 6 slices of the cheese of your preference (we used pepper jack)
- burger buns of your preference
- Mix everything in a bowl.
- Separate the mixture in six parts and make the patties.
- Grill them until they are firm.
Grilling is usually a guy thing, so I was responsible for the sides. I just grabbed what I saw in the fridge that would work with burgers and made some made some sweet potatoes. I seasoned them with turmeric, paprika, rosemary, salt, and pepper: they were delicious. I seasoned the onions with a basic dressing of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme.
We are still learning the tricks of American barbecue, Brazillian grilling is much simpler. My husband is now aiming for smoking some pork ribs. Yum!
I’d love to know how you make your hamburgers with your family and friends? Anything we should add to make it more “authentic”? Can’t wait to read all about it in the comments section below.