Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Burger Spreads

"Burger Spreads," what do I mean by this title?  To me, it is one of many different types or styles of condiments that enhance your burger.  Now I'm not talking about solid condiments like cheese, tomato slices, lettuce, etc.  I'm talking a sauce of some kind.

Probably the most famous would be that "Special Sauce" on McDonald's Big Mac burger.  I'm sure it is slightly different but it looks and tastes like "Thousand Island Salad Dressing" to me.

Other simple bought sauces would include such condiments as ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce.  But how about making your own "Burger Spread" or "Sauce" to meet your taste and impress family and friends.

You could make your own ketchup or BBQ sauce.  That would be great too.  But how about something a little more unique?  This week I'm giving you 3 recipes for different tastes.

The first one is just called "Burger Spread" and it takes a little work but is well worth it.  On Wednesday the recipe is for a "Mayonnaise Based Burger Spread" using mustard and just 2 other ingredients.  "Basil Mayonnaise Burger Spread" comes to you on Friday and is an extra recipe this week.  It is also an easy one to put together.

These are only a sampling of what is out there for you to try during this year's "Grilling Season."  One of the nice attributes of these spreads is they work on different types of burgers.  They don't just work on a beef style burger.  They taste great with chicken or turkey burgers too.  Even on portabella mushroom burgers for vegetarians.  Now some work best on a particular type of burger and not all.  But that is for you to decide as it's your taste-buds we're trying to please.

Remember, don't be afraid to experiment too.  Take some of your favorite ingredients and mix them with a base of some type.  Mayonnaise is not the only base to try for a burger spread.  Ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce and cream cheese or just a few of other possibilities out there to test.  Avocados and yogurt will work too.

I'm just trying to get you to open your mind and tastes to other opportunities to take this grilling season to the next level.  With all the family get togethers, holiday outings and plain backyard fun, here's your chance to make a statement about your cooking to family and friends.

So "Happy Cooking" and give me feedback on your successes and failures.  Please be sure to spread the word of my food blog as well as spreading your burgers.  Thanks.

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