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Manchego Jalapeno Burgers are from NibbleMeThis.com

One of the food trends that we discussed at the Kingsford Invitational* back in November was Beer Goes Gourmet.

Beer Goes Gourmet

While wine used to be the go-to beverage for gourmands, beer is asserting itself both in the kitchen and on the table.  For a marinade or braising liquid, it simultaneously tenderizes while enhancing the smoky flavors of meat cooked on the grill.  Since the United States currently has the highest number of breweries since the pre-Prohibition era, now is the time to experiment with unique brews and barbecue.  So, crack open a six-pack and save some for Chris Lilly’s Shock Top Honey Mustard Glaze.  ~reprinted courtesy of Kingsford

This burger is inspired by that.  Instead of just throwing on a piece of cheese, I made a veloute sauce for the cheese sauce base but instead of stock, I used beer as the liquid.  I used a lager to contrast the spicy jalapeno and briny manchego cheese. 

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients (4 burgers)

You’ll need

1 1/3 pounds ground round or ground chuck

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp granulated garlic

4 hamburger buns

desired toppings such as pickles, lettuce, tomato, and red onion

For the Manchego Jalapeno Cheese Sauce

1 T butter

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1 T all purpose flour

3/4 c Stella Artois beer

1 c manchego cheese, shredded

1 t cilantro, finely chopped

1/2 to 1 t minced fire roasted jalapeno (see notes)

1/4 t smoked paprika

1/8 t salt

1/8 t pepper

1 T non-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream


Season the beef with salt, pepper, and garlic. Divide into 4 equal portions (5.3 oz by weight) and form into patties 5″ in diameter. Place in the refrigerator.

Melt butter in a pot over medium-high heat. Saute garlic for 1 minute and then stir in the flour to form a blond roux.

Add the beer in 1/4 c increments, whisking continuously to blend between additions.  Simmer until slightly thickened, 7-10 minutes.

Whisk in cheese in small batches until melted and smooth.

Stir in the seasonings and yogurt. Taste and add salt/pepper to adjust if desired.

Preheat a charcoal grill to 450f.

Grill burgers until done, about 4 minutes per side.

Place burgers on buns and ladle the cheese sauce over the patties. Add other toppings as desired.

Fire roasted jalapeno note: For spicier sauce, use 1/2 Tbsp of jalapeno. If you prefer, you can use canned green chiles for convenience but I like the smoky flavor of roasting my own jalapeno.  Tips for fire roasting chile peppers. 

Tip:  If your sauce gets too thick while sitting, just whisk in a little more beer (1/2 tablespoon at a time).

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In the beer-food pairing class at Anheuser-Busch, we learned that lager has a crisp, dry finish that gives a perfect contrast to spicy cuisines.

My favorite tool for peeling and seeding roasted chiles – a grapefruit spoon.  The serrated edges work wonders.

I also made a version of the Chris Lilly’s pickle recipe except the pickles weren’t grilled and I sliced them instead of spears, still tastes great.

I served this with sweet potato fries (from frozen, I didn’t prep them myself) and a fry dipping sauce of mayo, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, and ginger.

via Nibble Me This: Manchego Jalapeno Burgers.