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The Quiet Burger

I named my burger The Quiet Burger because it is so good you will not here a sound until after the burger is eaten. This recipe stems from a flatbread pizza I created and thought the ingredients would taste excellent on a burger. I taylored the recipe to accentuate the flavors of a burger and I think it's fantastic. In my opinion this burger is the winner.


1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon freshly ground coriander
1/2 cup red chili flake and thyme infused olive oil seperated into two 1/4 cups
1 large red onion/sliced
1 8oz jar roasted red peppers in oil
1 cup goat cheese crumbles
1/4 cup softened butter
1 clove minced garlic
6 ciabatta rolls
1 8 oz container of garlic and herb cream cheese


Combine the ground sirloin, chili powder, ground mustard, paprika, cumin, sea salt, black pepper, and coriander. Form into six square patties and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes. After the patties have rested, brush one side with the infused olive oil. Place that side down on the grill and brush the other side of the patty with the olive oil. While the burgers are cooking, use the reserved infused oil to carmelize the red onions in a small iron skillet on top of the grill. Drain the roasted red peppers and cut into thinly sliced strips. One minute prior to the burgers being done, top them with the goat cheese and cover, allowing the cheese to melt. Total cooking time of the burgers is 8-10 minutes on a charcoal grill. When inserted with a thermometer the burger should be 160 degrees. Combine the softened butter and garlic. Spread the mixture on your sliced Ciabatta roll and grill until golden brown. To assemble the burger, spread both sides of the bun with the garlic and herb cream cheese, place the burger on the flat side of the bun, top with the carmelized onions and roasted red peppers and top it off with the other half of the bun.


Once you try this burger you will understand why it is appropriately named The Quiet Burger. I have added little "extras" that I think make this burger a winner. Making a square patty allows the burger to fit perfectly on the roll and keeps the onions and peppers from falling out of the burger and onto your lap. The red chili flake and thyme infused oil adds tremendous flavor without overpowering the burger. And the garlic and herb cream cheese is better than any "fancy" aoli or mayonnaise. This is an incredible burger to entertain with but without a lot of time and energy. Even the most novice chef can recreate this burger. I love this burger and can't wait to see you at the finals.