I finally got to cash-in on my birthday present from earlier in the summer... My family bought my father and I a burger cooking class at the Publix Apron's Cooking School in Boca (Military & Clint Moore). The class was called Main St Burgers, with a full menu of 5 varieties of burgers, fresh cut fries & a milkshake. All hands on, interactive fun with great instructors Ray and Anthony. These 2 have plenty of teaching experience with a great sense of humor. They made it real easy for the 11 of us in the class to cook, learn and enjoy our meal. Take a look at their classes (click here). Not only do they have hands on, but they bring in executive chefs for four-course meals to simply enjoy. This is a fun alternative and nice way to learn some new recipes and enjoy cooking with friends.
We had 5 burgers on the menu:
- Cheesy Chili Saturn Burger
- Quarter Pounder Classic Cheese
- Rise & Shine Buffalo Beef Burger
- Buffalo Chicken Burger with Grilled Cheese Buns (you read that right...)
- Turkey & Roasted Pepper/Avocado Burger
I'll try to break each one down as best I can for you.
Overall Rating on a Scale of... Rare (worst/1) to Well-Done (best/5)
Let's start with the Cheesy Chili Saturn Burger. Very basic seasonings, salt/pepper & garlic powder. 1lb of Chuck. Cooked Medium with a slice of Cheddar, then a very generous handful of shredded cheddar on top, covered to melt the cheese... As the cheese drips and cooks on the flat-top, it forms a solid ring. Placed on the bun and topped with chili... This was a fun burger to cook. The overall flavor really depends on the chili used. We had a pretty mild one so the wow factor wasn't really there. But the creativity was on-point.
The Quarter Pound Classic Burger was seasoned perfectly (for my taste buds); Salt/Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika & Worcestershire sauce.
Rise & Shine Buffalo Beef Burger peaked the interest of many in the class! Who doesn't like a bacon egg & cheese croissant? Well add in ground buffalo beef, with salt/pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard & bacon fat taken from the bacon we cooked to top this burger, mix well, cook to liking and combine... This is a late night burger lovers dream! The buffalo beef was a soft ground meat to work with. Not much fat, which is why we added to bacon fat to help keep burger moist. Out of the 5 burgers on the menu, this one had NO leftovers.
The Buffalo Chicken Burger with Grilled Cheese Buns was the talk of the night... How could it not be? Anytime you read "grilled cheese buns" you just have to know more. Let's start with the meat; Ground Chicken, 2 egg yolks, salt/pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, worcestershire & hot sauce (we weren't shy to go hot!). So thats the burger... We also threw 1 onion, chopped on the stove to sweat, reduce and caramelize. Then, we made 2 grilled cheese sandwiches (single slice) to use as the buns... Need to make a cardiologist appointment yet? The combination is awkward but I'll say, the overall flavor aftertaste was amazing! Salty, Sweet & Hot. I'll be attempting to make this burger on my own, but not a few months, lol.
Lastly we had Turkey & Roasted Red Pepper/Avocado Burger. This was a nice, fresh tasting mix of ground turkey, egg yolks (keeps burger moist), salt/pepper, garlic powder, onion powder & cumin. The best part was roasting the peppers over stove top flame. Charred black, placed in a bowl and covered to steam off the char. Sliced, then placed on top of the burger with the avocado spread on the bottom bun.