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Hail Mary Habanero Hamburgers will be a touchdown for your game day fans at your tailgate. Rich, juicy burgers with layer after layer of robust flavors!
I love flavorful foods, so naturally I gravitate towards chicken wings and nachos at tailgates. My husband, Copa, is a hamburger guy. Period. With bowl game season tailgates right around the corner, I set out to make a big, juicy burger packed with taste that makes both of us happy!
My sideline secret ingredient would of course be El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero sauce. I always look for sauces that are flavorful. El Yucateco® uses fresh habanero peppers picked by hand from their own fields, and the fullness of the habanero flavor really shines in their sauce.
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Since Walmart is tailgate central for our family’s game day supplies, I headed over to pick up my sauces. I quickly found them in the International aisle:I couldn’t resist trying this one……..
After shopping, I headed home to get ready for our tailgate.
Groceries were unpacked in a flash, and I was ready to focus on the star quarterback for our tailgate: the hamburger! Copa takes his hamburgers VERY seriously. As a matter of fact, he ordered a burger on our first date! So, he’s perfected the art of a glorious hamburger and is sharing a few tips today.
Copa’s tips for your best burger:
1. Bring meat to room temperature before placing on a hot grill or skillet.
2. An 80/20 blend is ideal. The fat brings juicy flavorings!
3. Don’t over pack your meat. Avoid the urge to pound your patties!
THE PLAYERS ON THE FIELD:
Your team for these game winning burgers include provolone cheese, bacon, hamburger seasoning, hot sauce, and meat.
Five ingredients – that’s it!
Sometimes the simplest play on the field is the most dramatic. #HailMaryPass
For each burger, chop 1 slice of bacon and 2 slices of provolone cheese, 1 teaspoon of our house hamburger seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon El Yucateco®Red Chili Habanero sauce. Set aside one cup of hamburger meat, separated.
Make two hamburger patties, one half cup of meat each. Mix the sauce, cheese & bacon together. Place mixture in the center of one patty. Cover with second patty, and pinch the seams to seal in that robust goodness! Finally, season both sides of your Hail Mary Habanero Hamburger with our house hamburger seasoning and place the patty in a heated, cast iron skillet. I like to place a pat of butter in the pan just before adding the meat for even more depth of flavor.
Of course, grills are always a part of tailgating. Fire up the grill and throw on the burgers! For our homegating parties, my preference is to use a cast iron skillet to cook our hamburgers. The hot skillet and rich butter really sear the meat for that full, juicy burger we all crave. Once the burger is cooked to your preference, just add toppings! I have to tell you, the hamburger is so flavorful, you may be satisfied with fresh crisp lettuce, a custom burger sauce and a few slices of crisp bacon. I added a few crispy onion straws, too!For our tailgate, I whipped up two sauces just for these burgers with crema Mexican cheese and a few generous dashes of the sauces in each. The cream sauce provided subtle, cool flavoring to burgers. We offered both cream sauce options for our guests at our tailgate.
It’s juicy with a robust depth of flavor; better than any restaurant burger hands down! Hail Mary Habanero Hamburgers will be your first round draft pick tailgate after tailgate!
Take It To The Tailgate Tip: If you are grilling on site, make your patties (including stuffing them) before you leave home. Wrap each patty in wax paper, then place in a zip top bag before placing in a cooler.