Blackened Katrina Bistro Burger with Cajun BBQ sauce


Cajun BBQ Sauce
1 t black pepper
1 t kosher salt
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t white pepper
1/2 t cayenne
1/2 lb sliced bacon
1 c chopped onion
2 c beef stock
1 c chili sauce
1 c honey
5 t fresh orange juice
1 t orange zest
2 t fresh lemon juice
1 t lemon zest
2 t garlic puree
1/4 c unsalted butter


3 pounds ground beef
2 teaspoon onion salt
2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons blackening seasoning
4 slices of horseradish cheddar cheese

2 muffuletta breads, split
1/2 cup garlic butter

Vegetable oil or spray, for coating grill rack



Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

To make Cajun BBQ Sauce:
Combine salt, peppers, onion powder, and garlic powder-mix well and set aside.
Cook bacon until crisp, add onions, cover, and cook until browned. Without burning add dry spice mixture, heat and stir for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients heat and stir for 20-25 minutes. Pour into a food processor, process to a smooth puree.

To make the patties, combine the beef, onion salt, garlic salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix well. Divide the mixture into 2 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the
muffuletta breads. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of blackening seasoning over one side of each of the two patties, coating well.
Spread 1/4 cup garlic butter on underside of top portion of each muffuletta breads.

When the grill is ready, brush or spray the grill rack to prevent sticking. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until meat reaches 160 degrees F.
When meat is cooked place two slices of horseradish cheddar cheese on top of each patty and assemble burgers. Place each assembled burger, bread bottom side down on grill and place a foil wrapped brick on top of each. For grill marks on bread, allow each burger to remain on grill for one minute, then turn each burger 90 degrees and leave on grill for another minute. Using the large and regular size spatchulas, carefully turn each burger over. Follow the above grill mark directions and your burger is done.

Spread burger meat with warm Cajun BBQ sauce and cut each burger into thirds.

BBQ sauce can also be used as a dipping sauce if desired.

Makes 6 servings