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CHESAPEAKE BAY BURGERS WITH BUTTER BOURBON GLAZE

Being a long time resident of Maryland and living on the Chesapeake Bay - seafood and Oysters where a big part of my life. Living now in Little River, S.C. Oysters are still very popular. Here is a Wonderful marriage of Great Burgers and Luscious Oysters, framed with Proscuitto Ham that melds the two together Deliciously.

Ingredients 

3 lbs Ground Chuck, 24% fat
1 Tabl. Louisiana Cajun Seasoning
1 Tabl. Garlic & Onion seasoning
1 Tabl. ground Ancho Chili Pepper
4 Tabl. minced onion
1 Cayenne pepper, seeded and finely chopped
6 cloves of Fresh Garlic, chopped
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
6 Tabl. "Sutter Home" Zinfadel
3/4 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
12 Freshly shucked Oysters
12 Slices Italian Proscuitto Ham, thinly sliced
6 Large Onion Rolls
8 Tabl. Butter, 4 to brush on rolls while they are toasting, and 4 for the Glaze
The Glaze
4 Tabl Butter
4 Tabl Bourbon Whiskey
4 Tabl Worcestershire Sauce
Vegetable oil for brushing the Grill

Instructions 

1 - Place Ground Chuck in Large Mixing Bowl 2 - Add Cajun seasoning, Garlic & Onion seasoning, Ancho Chili Pepper,minced Onion, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic, Egg and Bread crumbs - mix well 3 - Form into 6 Large burgers 4 - With a Tablespoon - hole out the center of each burger and place two Oysters in the center. Replace the meat back into the center to complete. Now you have 6 Large Burgers - stuffed in the middle with two Oysters each. 5 - Wrap each burger with 2 slices of the Procuitto Ham and fasten with a toothpick to keep in place 6 - Brush Grill rack with vegetable oil before cooking 7 - Place Burgers on Grill - cook over Med - High heat approximately 6 minutes on each side until internal temoerature reaches 160 degrees 8 - While Burgers are cooking - on the Grill, melt half the butter in a small saucepan, or oven-proof bowl, and melt the other 4 Tabl in another bowl, add one-4 Tabl butter to the Bourbon and Worcestershire sauce, mix and keep warm 9 - Brush the Butter, Bourbon, Worcestershire mix on the burger while cooking. After turning the burger - brush again. 10 - Meanwhile brush the Onion Rolls with the other 4 Tabl melted butter set aside for them - place on the grill and toast 11 - When burgers are done and you are ready to serve - take out the toothpicks and place the burgers on the bottom half of the onion roll and cover with some more of the Butter-Bourbon Sauce, place on top roll and serve - Delicious !

Comments 

This is a Great blend of flavors - sort of a poor-man's Surf and Turf, but with a million dollar taste. Every time I make these I am Truly the most popular Chef at the Party! Enjoy !