It’s hard to recall a time I had a burger from a proper restaurant and was deeply disappointed. Burgers are generally fantastic! Carbs + meat + cheese + delicious condiments. How can you go wrong? Well… try having a nicely suited-up burger that wasn’t seasoned.  Sure, it’ll taste good provided you used great quality meat and carefully selected toppings. But seasoning the meat before hand makes a world of difference. You want a down-right slamming burger, right?! Season it! Be generous. Show it some flavor of love. No, not the Flavor Flav kind; have some decorum and self respect!  Better yet, have a burger!

You’ll need:

Burger patties (makes 8-10 patties):
1 1/3 pound lean beef
1 pound pork
2 tbsp Organic Haitian Dry Spice Blend or seasoning combination of your choice (if you’re using just salt + pepper, reduce the amount to ½  tbsp each)
2 tbsp pikliz brine

you guessed it… Pikliz!
2 medium avocados sliced
8-10 slices of extra sharp cheddar cheese

And of course, burger buns. Go all out – get a pack of buttery soft buns from your bakery. Treat yourself this weekend. You worked hard!

Serve with Salted Plantain Chips

Prep your patties:

Gently mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Be easy on this mix – you want tender, happy burgers, not tough, sad ones. Place in fridge for an hour. Remove from fridge and form 8-10 patties. Cook each side of patties on a grill (ideally) or stovetop pan. Cook to your desired inner temperature.

Toast your buns:

Foods’ texture is as important as flavor. So I’d suggest caramelizing the sugars in your burger buns – place on medium-heated skillet that was lightly coated with vegetable oil or butter.  Remove after you’ve crisped up the edges and have a nice golden toasted bun.

Assemble with glee:

Place a few slices of avocado on burger bun, top with burger patty, cheese and pikliz.

Simple, flavorful, and delicious!

Sink your teeth in + bon appetit!