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The Alliance Burger

The dwarves at Dun Morogh have taken it upon themselves to answer the Horde Burger with their very own Alliance Burger... with a pretty unique Bronzebeard Sauce and Beer Based Aoili.

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The Alliance Burger

by zirbirt

Ok, I suck at roleplay. Seriously, I spent a good half hour trying to come up with a "Dwarf" Roleplay intro for this burger, and 'I got nothing!' The Dwarves of Dun Morogh have taken it upon themselves to answer the Horde Burger with The Official (at least the dwarves claim it to be) Alliance burger.

My first thought, when considering an Alliance burger constructed by the dwarves, was that this had to have beer. The dwarves would have it no other way.

This quickly became the basis for the entire burger. At one point I wanted to add Bratwurst to the burger, but as the aioli and sauce concept came together, I just really didn't feel the spices in Brats would compliment it. So, I left them out, and opted to go with just straight ground beef.

The sauces in this burger pack a ton of flavor in a really small space, so I just didn't feel anything else was needed. So, the burger is not a huge stack like the horde burger. Instead it is compacted flavor (turtled in, if you will).

To begin, I took an entire 12oz beer and put it in a medium pot. I used Blue Moon, but any beer you like will do. I think stout might go really well here, but I was afraid it would just be too strong.

To the pot, I added some salt, 1/2 an onion chopped into large pieces, and about 4 cloves of garlic chopped fine.

Then I did something odd.. I threw in 2 Tbs of Seedless Raspberry Jam. I love this stuff. I keep it on hand just for baking and cooking. It adds a really nice hint of raspberry, plus some tartness. I seriously recommend getting some and playing with it, its great stuff. Here, its going to give me a little fruitiness and its a solid nod to the Night Elves.

I stirred everything together and brought it to a boil over medium heat.

I let it boil for about 10-15 minutes, until it reduced to about half. Then, I poured it into a metal strainer over a bowl.

I actually kept the onions and garlic, and grilled them up to add to the burger.

Next, I took 1/3 a cup of the juice and about 2/3 cup of mayo and put them in a bowl, along with a little lemon juice, to create my aioli. If you don't know, aioli is just a very fancy way of saying flavored mayonnaise.

I mixed it until it was smooth, then stored it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Seriously, when you add purple mayonnaise to a burger, you know you are doing something very different. It was actually even better tasting that I had hoped it would be.

Next up, my Bronzebeard sauce. The best part of creating your own sauces is that you get to name them.

I take the remaining juice and put it back in my medium pot. I added: 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 tsp Cornstarch, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 4 Tbs Apple cider vinegar, 1 Tbs lemon juice, 2 Tbs Soy Sauce, and a bit of hot sauce.

I brought this to a boil over medium heat, and let it boil for about 5 minutes.

For my patties, I went with my flattened method. I took 1 lb of 80/20 ground beef, and rolled it out on a silicone mat, after putting saran wrap over it.

I removed the saran wrap, sprinkled the whole thing with onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Then, folded it in half, and flatted it back down a bit.

Then, I cut that into 4 pieces

I decided to cook this on the flat-top, mostly because I intend to incorporate the sauce, and I want it to get sticky and cooked in. So these went onto my griddle.

After a few minutes, I flipped them, and doused them with the sauce.

At the same time I toasted my ciabatta rolls, then smothered both sides of the bun with my aioli.

I added provolone cheese to the patties, but did not tent them, I did not want the cheese super melty for these, just loosened up.

Once these are fully cooked, They go onto my ciabatta, 2 per burger, and more sauce is poured over them.

The toppings beyond this are pretty simple. I grilled the above onions and tossed them on, then added some fried onions.

That's it.. I know it doesn't have a ton of extras, but honestly the flavor coming out of this thing was really amazing. I wouldn't add anything else to it myself.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this posting.

zirbirt
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