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alabama beach shack burgers

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Krista Towns
Aiken, SC

Light up a grill as the sun goes down and cook some delicious Southern style burgers! Big, juicy (and a little bit spicy) burgers are topped with Alabama favorites; crispy fried okra, and spicy, tangy, white BBQ sauce. Smoked cheddar cheese, hickory smoked bacon, a quick pickled green tomato slice and crispy lettuce bring these burgers to Alabama beach party time - or anytime perfection!

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This is an epic burger that is made to impress. One bite and we were immediately transported to the Alabama coast. The meat is seasoned very simply which allows all the other ingredients to shine. Fried okra and green tomatoes are southern staples and perfect on this burger. The Orange Beach white BBQ sauce is what pulls all the elements together. This is a bit messy to eat, so make sure to have extra napkins on hand.

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★★★★★ 2
serves Makes 6 burgers
prep time 35 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Barbecue

Ingredients For alabama beach shack burgers

  • 2/3 c
  • 8-9
    fresh okra
  • 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c
    corn meal
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • vegatable oil for frying
  • 1/2 c
    white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 6
    1/4" slices green tomato
  • 1 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    orange juice
  • 1 tsp
    grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp
    prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp
    freshly grated garlic
  • 2 lb
    ground chuck (80/20)
  • 2 tsp
    Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 slice
    smoked cheddar cheese
  • 6
    brioche hamburger buns
  • 1/2 c
    melted butter
  • 6
    romaine or green lettuce leaves
  • 9 slice
    thick cut hickory smoked bacon, cut in half crosswise and cooked until crispy

How To Make alabama beach shack burgers

  • Adding okra to buttermilk.
    To make the okra, pour the buttermilk into a medium sized bowl. Add the okra and stir briefly.
  • Coating okra in cornmeal mixture.
    Combine the flour, cornmeal, garlic powder, paprika, and one teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Drain the okra from the buttermilk, add to the flour mixture and toss to coat.
  • Oil in a skillet and starting to fry okra.
    Heat two inches of oil in a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat and bring to 350 degrees. Shaking off excess flour, carefully add the okra to the hot oil and cook until golden brown (working in batches if necessary), about 4-5 minutes.
  • Okra draining on a paper towel.
    Remove from oil, drain on paper towels and while still hot sprinkle with the remaining teaspoon of salt. Note: You may substitute frozen fried okra if you are in a pinch! Sprinkle lightly with paprika and salt after frying.
  • Fried bacon on a plate.
    Fry bacon until crisp.
  • Adding vinegar mixture to tomatoes.
    To make the pickled tomatoes, whisk together the vinegar, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the tomatoes and toss gently to coat. Cover and chill for 20-30 minutes. Drain and keep chilled.
  • Making barbecue sauce in a bowl.
    For the BBQ sauce, in a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients thoroughly, cover and keep chilled.
  • Forming meat into patties.
    To make the burgers, preheat a grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Combine the ground chuck, Sriracha, salt, and pepper in a chilled bowl. Form into 6 equal patties, being careful not to overwork the meat.
  • Hamburgers on the grill.
    Place the patties on the grill, cover and cook approximately 4 minutes per side for medium.
  • Topping burgers with cheese.
    Add the cheese slices to the burgers during the last few minutes of cooking time. Remove, cover and keep warm.
  • Toasting hamburger buns.
    Brush the buns with the melted butter and toast lightly on the grill.
  • Assembling the hamburger.
    To assemble the burgers, spread BBQ sauce on the bottom buns, and in this order, place one lettuce leaf, one slice pickled tomato, the burgers, three slices bacon, an equal portion of the okra, a generous drizzle of the BBQ sauce, and finish with the bun tops. Serve and enjoy!

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