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The Bratty Patty

I was fortunate to spend my teenage years living in Berlin where currywurst is practically a national dish. What, may you ask, is currywurst? It’s Germany’s most popular street food – a grilled pork sausage topped with curry-spiced ketchup. Since returning to the states, and because I also love burgers, I decided to create a burger with those flavors and the Bratty Patty was born!

Ingredients 

CARAMELIZED SAUERKRAUT
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 honey crisp apples, cored and thinly sliced
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 cups sauerkraut, drained
pinch of salt and pepper

CURRY KETCHUP
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, small diced
pinch of salt and pepper
2 cups ketchup
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons smoked Spanish paprika
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

PATTIES
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground veal
1 teaspoon caraway
1 teaspoon marjoram
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon mace
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Vegetable oil, for brushing the grill rack
6 pretzel hamburger rolls, split 
6 slices Havarti cheese
3 cups crispy shoestring potatoes
6 slices heirloom tomato

Instructions 

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high. 

To make the caramelized sauerkraut, combine all of the ingredients in a heat-proof saucepan. Place the saucepan on the grill rack and cook, stirring often, until golden brown and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Set aside.

To make the curry ketchup, combine the olive oil, onion, salt and pepper in a heat-proof saucepan. Place the saucepan on the grill rack and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and cook an additional 15 minutes. Set aside.

To make the patties, gently but thoroughly combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Divide into 6 equal portions and form into patties the size of the hamburger rolls. Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the grill rack and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium. During the last two minutes of cooking, place a piece of cheese on each patty and place the cut side of the rolls on the outer edges of the grill rack to toast.

To assemble, place some caramelized sourkraut on the bottom half of each roll. Add a cheese-topped patty, some curry ketchup, a tomato slice and some crispy shoestring potatoes. Add the bun tops and enjoy!