(This is my World Food Championships 2015 qualifying entry and I couldn't be prouder.) Here's everything you want for a picnic rolled up into a delicious burger. The great flavor of smoked meat, the char of the grill, melted cheese, the crunch of a tangy coleslaw, and even a spicy dressing, along with lettuce and tomato, all between a toasted bun. It will be a favorite for picnics and barbeques for years to come. All you need is a cold drink and a group of friends and family to enjoy it with.
Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Now this is a burger! The ranch slaw, along with the smokey flavors from the chipotle aioli, adds so many layers of flavors and textures, your taste buds will do a happy dance. We toasted our buns with mayo... oh so good.
In a large bowl crumble the ground meats and add all the Burger ingredients and combine thoroughly. Don't over mix. Separate the meat into 6 patties, cover and set aside.
Shred and julienne the slaw ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
Mix together the aioli ingredients and set refrigerate until needed.
Heat a well greased grill or grill pan on high and put on the patties. Reduce the heat to medium high and cook for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes turn & cook 4 more minutes and check for doneness, about 140 deg. at this point.
Reduce heat to medium low, add 1 slice of cheese to each patty, cover and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until melted. The patty temperature should be at 150 deg. Remove the patties to a warm plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
Brush a small amount of olive oil or mayonnaise on both sides of the 6 buns and toast until lightly browned
Whisk the dressing ingredients again, pour over the slaw, a little at a time so and combine thoroughly. Don't over dress.
Divide the lettuce and tomatoes, lettuce first, between the bun bottoms, followed by the burgers. Put some slaw, about a small handful, or more, your preference, on the burgers. You may have some extra for later. Spoon 1 tbsp. of the aioli on each bun top, cover and serve.