It’s autumn. The apple orchards are plentiful and the weekends are hustling with excited out-of-towners enjoying their time on the farms. Baskets and bowls of apples overflow on my kitchen counters and table. Ruby red delicious, winesap, honey crisp, to name a few. Their sweet fragrance slightly perfumes the kitchen air and reminds me to be present during my most favorite season of all. During this time of the year, I will find a way to incorporate these delicious beauties into almost everything I make.
Today I want to share a brisket burger recipe with you, topped with sweet and tender apples and savory onions caramelized in brandy. This is a tender and juicy burger that requires very little seasoning. I used certified Piedmontese beef. You can grill these or cook them on the stove-top.
Ok, I’m going to step up on my soapbox for just a moment: If you don’t have a local butcher, find one. Get to know your butcher. Let them get to know you, too. It makes all the difference. I love that I can call my butcher ahead of time to request a certain combination of meats or cuts that a typical grocery store just can’t provide. I don’t know what I would do without the butchers at Arctic Foods. They had hand-prepared these brisket patties in small batches and all I had to do was take them home and finish them they way I like. Ok, stepping down now…
We paired this tender and juicy autumnal burger with farm fresh hard cider from one of our local apple orchards. Check them out here!
You can balance this meal with a simple green salad on the side and it’s a win-win for lunch or dinner.
Brisket Burgers with Caramelized Onions & Apples
4 servings (serving size: 1 burger)
1 (1-pound) beef brisket (cut into 1 inch pieces if grinding yourself)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 onions, cut into strips
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 apple of choice, peeled, cut into slices
1/4 cup of brandy
4 hamburger buns
Mayonnaise for toasting on buns
- Over medium heat, add olive oil and butter to large skillet.
- Add onions and cook until tender.
- Add garlic, cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.
- Remove pan from heat and add brandy (note: alcohol is flammable – so do not add the brandy over an open flame). Stir to incorporate, return skillet to flame and deglaze the pan. Bring to a boil for 1 minute or so and let the alcohol cook out.
- Add sliced apples and cook to incorporate the flavors, 1 minute. Remove onions and apples with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reserve the juices and oil – cook the burgers in the same pan.
Making the Burgers:
- Lightly salt and pepper both sides of patties.
- Add patties to pan when oil is sizzling hot, but not splattering. Cook 7 minutes on both sides, or until finished as desired.
- Lightly spread mayonnaise on cut sides of hamburger buns and toast in broiler, cut side up.
- Assemble burgers and top with onion and apple mixture.
Something to consider: Add blue cheese to burger topping along with onion and apple mixture for more depth of flavor. Yum!!