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Hole in One Burgers with Clubhouse Relish & Smoked Cheddar

Inspired by a California cousin who loves golf, corn and burgers; and my passion for New York bagels. Every year I prepare jars of corn relish, to top our burgers


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons Tabasco Garlic Pepper Sauce
6 onion bagels, split (fresh bakery bagels)
2 ears corn, 1 layer outer leaves removed, soaked in water 10 -20 minutes
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1 small Persian cucumber, or medium unwaxed Kirby
3-4 firm tomatillos (6 ounces total)
1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup drained pickled jalapenos, chopped
1/4 cup drained garlic-stuffed olives, chopped
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2-1/2 tablespoons Diamond Crystal Kosher salt, divided use
1-1/4 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, divided use
2 pounds ground beef chuck, 80-82% lean
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1/4 cup grated red onion
1 teaspoon garlic paste
2 teaspoons Tabasco Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
6 large butter lettuce leaves
8 ounces smoked Cheddar, sliced thinly
6 cherry tomatoes
neutral oil for oiling grid


Prepare a gas grill for direct medium-hot heat . Melt butter and Garlic Pepper Sauce in a small grill-proof saucepan. Brush lightly on cut sides of bagels. Set bagels and remaining butter aside
Clubhouse Relish: Drain corn and grill 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until husks are lightly charred; remove husk, slice off kernels and add to a bowl. Grill tomatillos until papery husks are char-marked, 3-4 minutes per side. Remove husks from tomatillos, chop finely. Mix with corn, sugar, chopped onion, jalapenos, vinegar, olives, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and set aside.

Patties: Combine beef, cumin, paprika, 1/4 cup grated onion, garlic paste, Tabasco Cayenne Pepper Sauce , 2-3/4 teaspoons salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Handling mixture as little as possible, form six equal patties, 3/4" thick. Poke a 3/4" hole with your thumb, in each, just like a bagel. Oil grill grid. Grill patties 4 minutes. Turn, brush cooked side with Garlic Pepper butter . Grill 4-6 minutes longer, or until internal temperature reaches 160-F. Flip, brush again with remaining garlic pepper butter, top with cheese, cover grill and cook 30-60 seconds, to warm cheese. Place bagels, cut side down, on back of grill until warmed through.

Assembly: Fold lettuce on bagel bottoms; add patties, a spoonful of relish, .and close bagels. Insert a tomato in bagel top openings.


1) Widen bagel top openings if necessary, so that tomatoes fit in snugly.
The opening in the burger allows it to cook more evenly, like baking cake in tube pan.
2) Preferably use old fashioned corn varieties; avoid the "supersweet". Kernels from red corn or multicolored cobs are very attractive in this relish.