Burger Surprise

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Phil Anderson: Hi! I'm Chef Phil Anderson, Harris Teeter's Executive Chef. We're going to make a Burger Surprise. We're going to take some topinod and we're going to put it in kind of an envelope in burger. But first, we're going to mix up the ground chuck 80/20% with three tablespoons of pesto and some freshly ground black pepper, about half a teaspoon.

    First, we're going to put all this in here. I'm going to use my fingers just to get all this in there. Well now, you notice that I didn't use any salt. Well, the topinod has a lot of salt to these olives and so we'll get plenty of the salty flavors once we get done. So you see I've just mixed this up. So it's pretty well incorporated. Divide it in half, so I need 12 small, so divide this in half again, this in half. This way you get pretty close to the same amount in each patty. That half again, half again, now we are going to put it in patty form. So I'm going to continue to do this with all the rest of these patties, and when we do that then I'll show you what we're going to do next.

    Okay. Now I finished making my patties all about the same size and we've turned on the grill. Now my next step is to put the Surprise in the Burger Surprise. This is the olive topinod. Put about a tablespoon on six of them. Try to stay in the middle. There we go and then we're going to take the other and top it. This is kind of the sandwich.

    Now as this cooks, it's going to go really round. So what you want to do is you want to crimp the sides of them together so they stay together. When your grill is ready, set them on your grill. You want to make sure that you cook these all the way through. Now we have to check to see if our grill is hot enough and we would like to hear the sizzle but I'm not sure if we're going to hear the sizzle on this one. Oh! But we did.

    Okay, so we're going to have these cook for about five or six minutes on each side. We'll get back when they're done. Okay. We kind of turned these burgers all around so they got cooked all the way through and on all the sides and none of the topinod came out and it's the surprise, it's in there. So enjoy your Burger Surprise.