Let’s BBQ: The Flaming Burger

Spring has finally reached the icy tundra of Yukon…I mean UConn. Winter is not coming, it has finally ended. With the arrival of spring climates, students and faculty alike have been flocking outdoors to eat lunch, play Frisbee, or study for finals. While we enter this era of warm temperatures that so many of us have forgotten, one thing keeps coming to mind: barbecues. In search of the ultimate burger, I have created something that will satisfy any hot food lovers’ need. Here’s my recipe that makes up to 4 burgers:


What you need:

For the Burger:

  1. 2 lbs of ground beef (80/20 lean) (substitute with a turkey or veggie burger if you’d like)
  2. salt and pepper
  3. 2 thinly sliced jalapenos
  4. 2 pickles sliced
  5. shredded lettuce
  6. pepper jack cheese (4 slices)
  7. 4 hamburger buns of your choice

For the Chipotle Mayo:

  1. ½ cup of mayonnaise
  2. ½ cup of sour cream
  3. 4 teaspoons of chipotle powder
  4. ½ lime, juiced
  5. (Optional) ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  6. (Optional) ¼ teaspoon oregano
  7. (Optional) ¼ teaspoon paprika

For the Fried Onion Strings:

  1. Vegetable oil (enough for frying)
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1 cup flour
  4. 1 tablespoon of salt
  5. 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced



For Chipotle Mayo:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use

For Fried Onion Rings:

  1. Heat a large sauté pan filled at about 1 inch high with vegetable oil. The oil should sizzle a bit
  2. Add the milk to a medium mixing bowl and whisk together the flour and salt in another medium bowl
  3. Cut onions into the thickness desired (I have it more like strings)
  4. Dip a handful of the onions into the milk then toss them in the flour mixture to coat
  5. Add to the hot oil and fry until golden brown all over
  6. Place on a towel to absorb excess oil and let cool

For the Burger:

  1. Take ground beef and add the salt and pepper. Shape into patties
  2. Grill burgers using charcoal or propane. Cook as desired but for safety reasons, all meat should be cooked to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit according to the USDA. It is estimated that the person should place on the grill, flip after 4 minutes, and wait another 4 minutes as the minimum
  3. Place pepper jack cheese after the burger has been flipped for at least a minute
  4. Get buns out, place burger, lettuce, fried onion rings/ strings, jalapenos, pickles, and chipotle mayo
  5. Dig in


Now sit back with a few friends and enjoy!


Much of this recipe was modified from a recipe by Bobby Flay from Food Network.