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Bavarian Burgers with Tilsit Cheese & Apple Relish

These burgers were inspired by my love ofpairing pork with apples, horseradish and smokey bacon. I also enjoyed these flavors and ingredients in various ways when I traveled to Germany.

Ingredients 

Apple Relish:
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups grated peeled and cored apples
1/3 cup minced onion
1/3 cup finely diced Cornichons
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
12 strips apple-wood-smoked bacon
Patties: 2 pounds ground pork
Pumpernickel & Onion pretzel rods, processed to ½ cup coarse crumbs
1/3 cup Shiraz
3 tablespoons horseradish
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
6 slices Cheese
1/2 cup German mustard
6 Caraway Kaiser rolls

Instructions 

• Prepare a medium fire in the charcoal grill, or preheat a gas grill to medium. • To make the relish, add vinegar and sugar to a small, heavy fire-proof saucepan. Place saucepan on the grill rack and heat the vinegar high enough to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cool slightly and pour into a medium bowl. Stir in apples, onion and cornichons, celery seed, pepper and salt. Cover and set aside. • To cook the bacon, place the strips in a fire-proof skillet and cook on the grill rack, draining and discarding excess fat, until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain well. Set aside. • Prepare a medium-high fire in the charcoal grill, or increase gas grill to medium-high. • Spread the pork out in a large shallow pan. Evenly distribute pretzel crumbs, Shiraz, horseradish, pepper and salt over the meat. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and, with cupped hands, toss one portion of the meat back and forth, from hand to hand, to form a loose ball. Pat meat portion lightly on a flat surface and shape to form a burger to fit the rolls. Press center of patty down with fingertips to create a slight indentation in the center of the patty. Repeat with remaining meat portions. • When the grill is ready, brush the grill with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the grill rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until fully cooked, 4 to 6 minutes on each side. Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. During the last few minutes of cooking, place 1 slice of  cheese on each patty, and place rolls, cut sides down, on the outer edge of grill to toast lightly. • To assemble the burgers, spread an equal portion of the mustard on the roll tops. On each roll bottom place 2 bacon strips, a patty and an equal portion of the apple relish. Add the roll tops and serve. Makes 6 burgers.

Comments 

Although there is Shiraz in the burgers, they pair well with Sutter Home Zinfandel.