Alabama Beach Shack Burgers

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Krista Towns

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@kristaplayswithfood

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!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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. The Test Kitchen


Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
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Serves:
Makes 6 burgers
Prep:
35 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Barbecue

Ingredients

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SMOKY FRIED OKRA

2/3 c
buttermilk
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

QUICK PICKLED GREEN TOMATO

1/2 c
white wine vinegar
2 tsp
kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp
sugar
6
1/4" slices green tomato

ORANGE BEACH WHITE BBQ SAUCE

1 c
mayonnaise
2 Tbsp
orange juice
1 tsp
grated orange zest
1 1/2 tsp
Sriracha sauce
1 tsp
prepared horseradish
1 tsp
freshly grated garlic

BURGERS

2 lb
ground chuck (80/20)
2 tsp
Sriracha sauce
2 tsp
kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp
freshly ground black pepper

ADDITIONAL

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

Step-by-Step

  • 1To make the okra, pour the buttermilk into a medium sized bowl. Add the okra and stir briefly.
  • 2Combine 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.
  • 3Heat 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.
  • 4Remove 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.
  • 5Fry bacon until crisp.
  • 6To 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.
  • 7For the BBQ sauce, in a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients thoroughly, cover and keep chilled.
  • 8To 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.
  • 9Place the patties on the grill, cover and cook approximately 4 minutes per side for medium.
  • 10Add the cheese slices to the burgers during the last few minutes of cooking time. Remove, cover and keep warm.
  • 11Brush the buns with the melted butter and toast lightly on the grill.
  • 12To 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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About Alabama Beach Shack Burgers

Course/Dish: Burgers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southern




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