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Up your burger game by making this sweet-spicy-savory Sauerkraut Burgers with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce. This recipe, which we’ve dubbed the “Sweet and Sauer” Burger, feeds a crowd with pizzazz. These all-beef burgers are topped with sauerkraut, homemade oven fried pickles and a flavorful sweet Sriracha sauce. Sauerkraut Burgers with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce are sure to be a hit this season!
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Our favorite burger place used to have this burger called the Schnitzengrueben.
Funny name, absolutely divine burger.
This decadent all-beef patty was topped with sauerkraut, fried pickles and house-made thousand island and served on a toasted bun.
When they reworked their menu a few years back, the Schnitzengrueben disappeared.
So when my friends at Sprouts challenged me to share my best burger as a part of their #MyBestBurger Blogger Challenge, I knew what I wanted to make. (Psst. Head over here to vote for my recipe for the chance to win a summertime prize bundle including a one-year supply of Sir Kensington’s condiments, a stainless steel cooler and $100 Sprouts gift card.)
My verison of the Schnitzengrueben.
A little bit of spice. A little bit of tang. A little bit of sweet. A lot a bit of savory.
It took some testing, but I finally got it, and I am so thrilled to share this recipe with y’all today.
So I set off to whip up this burger and its accouterments, starting with a thousand island-ish special sauce.
I picked up all my ingredients at the Sprouts that just opened in my neighborhood. Sir Kensington’s Classic Ketchup, Yellow Mustard and Avocado Oil Mayonnaise, as well as Sprouts Sweet Pickle Relish all landed in my basket before I headed home to get to testing.
After a few iterations, I had a clear winner that was creamy, slightly tangy with a hint of heat and a teeny tiny bit of sweetness. Perfect.
Next up, it was time to make the oven fried pickles.
I don’t like frying in my home because of the inevitable week-long lingering smell, I’ve figured out how to “fry” veggies in the oven.
And it’s all kinds of perfect for this dish. (Though you could totally fry the pickles if you want.)
Once the pickles were in the oven, I got down to burger business.
I combined the fresh grass-fed ground beef that I picked up at Sprouts’ meat counter with a little bit of the sweet-spicy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and some seasoned salt.
That’s it, y’all.
Then I pan fried ‘em (though you could certainly fire up your grill, too!) Either way, these burgers guaranteed to be delicious.
We’ve been calling it the Sweet and Sauer Burger. Because the Sauerkraut Burger with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce is really freakin’ long.
That said, this burger combines spicy with sweet and creamy and adds some crunch and it’s a delightfully wonderful balance.
And even though it sounds odd, I promise it’s something you’re going to want to make again and again.
Sauerkraut Burger with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce Essentials
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- Porcelain Rectangular Platter in White.
- White hobnail ramekin.
- Metallic Lace Dessert Plate.
- Center Stripe Tumblers.
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Sauerkraut Burgers with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce
Up your burger game by making this sweet-spicy-savory Sauerkraut Burgers with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce. This recipe, which we've dubbed the "Sweet and Sauer" Burger, feeds a crowd with pizzazz. These all-beef burgers are topped with sauerkraut, homemade oven fried pickles and a flavorful sweet Sriracha sauce. Sauerkraut Burgers with Oven Fried Pickles and Sweet Sriracha Sauce are sure to be a hit this season!
Oven Fried Pickles
- 3/4 cup Sprouts Organic Bread & Butter Chip Pickles
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Sweet Sriracha Sauce
- 1/4 cup Sir Kensington’s Avocado Oil Mayonnaise (regular mayo OK, too)
- 2 tablespoons Sir Kensington’s Classic Ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Sprouts Organic Sweet Relish
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon Sir Kensington’s Yellow Mustard
- Pinch of salt
- 1.25 lb. Sprouts Grass Fed Beef (80/20 or 85/15 work best!)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons Sweet Sriracha Sauce (recipe above)
Burger Toppings (for each burger)
- 1/4 cup Sprouts Organic Sauerkraut
- 1 tablespoon Sweet Sriracha Sauce (recipe above)
- 4-5 Oven Fried Pickles (recipe above)
- 1 Whole Wheat Bun
Make the Oven Fried Pickles
Preheat the oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
Combine the flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper in a glass bowl.
Pour the buttermilk into another bowl.
Place the pickles in the buttermilk, allowing a few minutes to soak before transferring to the flour/cornmeal mixture.
Coat the pickles on all sides, shaking off any excess, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
Repeat until all the pickles have been breaded.
Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the pickles from the oven and flip with a spatula. Place the baking sheet back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
When the pickles are golden brown, remove from the oven, and let cool.
Make the Sweet Sriracha Sauce
In a medium-sized glass bowl, measure in the mayonnaise, ketchup, sweet relish, white vinegar, Sriracha sauce, mustard and salt.
Whisk the ingredients together until smooth.
Once combined, place in the refrigerator until time to make the burgers and serve.
Make the Burgers
In a large glass bowl, season the beef with seasoned salt and the Sweet Sriracha Sauce.
Using your fingers, mix the seasonings into the ground beef until everything has been incorporated.
Divide the beef into four patties, and form them by hand, shaping them so they’re round and even. (Mine were about 1” thick.)
When the burger patties have been formed, drizzle them with the Worcestershire sauce.
If cooking on a grill: Heat a gas grill to 425-450°F. When the grill is the correct temperature, carefully place the burger patties on the grill grates. Grill for about 4-5 minutes, or until the bottom side is slightly charred, then flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or longer, depending on your doneness preference.
If cooking on a grill pan on the stovetop: Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable oil to the pan, and when hot, add the burgers carefully. Cook for 4-5 minutes on the first side (or until browned), then flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes or longer, depending on your doneness preference.
When the burgers are cooked to your doneness preference, remove from the heat.
Serve the burgers on buns, topping with ¼ cup sauerkraut and 4-5 oven fried pickles. Drizzle with a tablespoon Sweet Sriracha Sauce, then enjoy immediately!
Pickles recipe adapted from my Oven Fried Pickles.