Chief Spike Mendelsohn had a contest during the 2008 election. He created two different burgers, one called the Obama burger and one called the McCain burger and had people vote on which they preferred. And the winner was the Obama burger!
Chief Mendelsohn decided to release the recipe for his Obama burger just in time for July 4th!
- Horseradish mayonnaise (makes about 2 1/2 cups)
- 2 cups Homemade Basic Mayonnaise
- 4 ounces prepared horseradish
- 1 tablespoon cayenne
- 1 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Sea salt
- Red onion marmalade
- 2 red onions
- 1 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 cup sugar
- 30 ounces ground sirloin
- 6 potato buns, cut in half
- Canola oil
- 1 pound applewood smoked bacon
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound crumbled blue cheese
- · Cooking Directions
Add the basic mayonnaise, horseradish, cayenne, pepper, and salt to taste to a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. The mayonnaise can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Slice both red onions 1/2 inch thick. Add the vinegar and sugar to a pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, add the onions. Cook, stirring constantly to prevent burning, until the onions are translucent and the liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Roll six 5-ounce sirloin balls and form each ball into a patty. Arrange on a tray, cover, and refrigerate.
Toast the buns and set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and just add enough oil to cover the entire bottom. Line a plate with paper towels. When the oil begins to smoke, add the bacon and cook until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon. Drain on the paper towels. Drain the fat from the pan but do not wipe clean.
Reduce the heat to medium and place the patties into the skillet. Season the patties with salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Flip, and cook on the other side for 1 minute more. Distribute the crumbled blue cheese equally among the patties and continue to cook 2 minutes more for medium-rare doneness. Cover with a lid for the last 30 seconds to melt the cheese.
To assemble the burgers, place 1 patty on 1 bun bottom. Top the patty with some mayonnaise, marmalade, and bacon. Cover with the bun top. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Don’t forget to wrap the sandwiches in wax paper. Let rest for 2 to 3 minutes and serve