May is National Burger Month

Yep, you’ve read that right. May is National Burger Month! To celebrate, we reached out to the burger artisans at Charbar, who shared this awesome recipe for its new Goddess Burger (shown above), made with brie, tomato jam, a special dressing, arugula, tomato and prosciutto on a Brioche bun. It’s hitting Charbar’s menu in May. Impress your guests with this sophisticated sandwich, fit for a deity.

Charbar: The Goddess Burger

Ingredients (Green Goddess Dressing)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 avocado, pit removed
1/2 cup tarragon
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup basil
1/4 cup buttermilk
2 green onions
1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon black pepper

Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until all are incorporated together. The dressing will still be a little chunky when finished.

Ingredients (Harissa Tomato Jam)
4 cloves of garlic
2 tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1/2 yellow onion
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons Crystal Hot Sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 lemon, juiced

First, score the tops of the tomatoes with an X so the the skin will peel off. Place the tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for 3-4 minutes or until you see the skin start to peel away from the sides. Next, chop the garlic and small dice the onion. Cook these in a pot until they start to caramelize. Now, peel the tomatoes and cut them into quarters. Remove the seeds from them and do a rough chop. Now add the chopped tomatoes and all other ingredients to the pot and cook on medium heat until it reduces and becomes thicker. This should reduce by about half of its normal volume.

Other Ingredients
7 ounces ground ribeye
3 ounces prosciutto
3 ounces of brie
3 ounces arugula
1 brioche bun
1 tomato slice
Pinch of salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place slices of prosciutto flat on parchment paper over a baking sheet. Bake about 13 minutes or until fairly crisp. Set aside. Heat grill to 400 degrees. While grill heats, shape ground ribeye to roughly diameter of your bun. Sprinkle burger patty with a large pinch of salt and pepper on each side. Once grill is at necessary temperature, cook burger for 4 minutes, then flip burger. Add brie to top of burger, cook burger for 3 more minutes. Lightly butter buns and toast on grill for 20 seconds. From the bottom, build the burger with jam, patty, dressing, arugula, tomato slice and crispy prosciutto.

Pro Tip: Approximate Cooking Times

Rare: 6 minutes
Medium rare: 7 minutes
Medium: 8 minutes
Medium-well: 9 minutes
Well-done: 11 minutes
Ruined: 12 minutes and over

More Pro Tips

[1] Cook on heavy, cast-iron pans and griddles. If outside, heat the pan over the fire but never place the patty on the grill itself. Cooking in a pan allows the fat to gather around the patties as they cook, like a primitive high-heat confit. Use canola oil, which has a neutral flavor.

[2] Keep your meat well chilled until your burgers are fully formed. If the fat in the meat gets warm, it gets soft and pliable and sticks to your hands and countertop. You want all of that fat in the burger.

[3] Handle your meat as little as possible, unless you want it to taste like a meatloaf sandwich. Try grinding your meat directly onto a sheet tray, then gently form it into patties. Only pick it up when you are ready to cook.

[4] Do not season your beef until patties are formed. Salt dissolves muscle proteins and makes your meat springy instead of tender. Season your burgers within minutes before they hit the grill.

Our Favorite Burgers

Looking for a great local burger? If you haven’t tried these, you should.

Best burgers around Hilton Head Island:
Big “H”, Harold’s Diner, Hilton Head
Red Fish Burger, Red Fish, Hilton Head
Smashed Lucky Burger, Lucky Rooster, Hilton Head
Lowcountry Burger, A Lowcountry Backyard, Hilton Head
Dirty South, Charbar Co., Hilton Head

Best burgers around Bluffton:
Chow Daddy’s Burger, Chow Daddy’s, Bluffton
Grassfed Burger, FARM Bluffton, Bluffton
Double Tavern Burger, Calhoun Street Tavern, Bluffton
Ghost Burger, Old Town Dispensary, Bluffton
Kentucky Beer Cheese Burger, Captain Woody’s, Bluffton

Best burgers around Savannah:
The Hot Rod, Green Truck Pub, Savannah
Chicago Bear Burger, The Breakfast Club, Tybee Island
N.O.G.S. Burger, Crystal Beer Parlor, Savannah
The Blackout, Betty Bombers, Savannah
Public Savannah Burger, The Public, Savannah

Best burgers around Charleston:
Signature Burger, Seanachai, Johns Island
Ultimate Saturday Burger, Ted’s Butcherblock, Charleston
The Mac, The Macintosh, Charleston
The Eye-Opener, Moe’s Crosstown Tavern, Charleston
The Tell-Tale Heart, Poe’s Tavern, Sullivan’s Island

Best burgers around Columbia:
The Wadmalaw, Pawley’s Front Porch, Columbia
Signature Burger, Henry’s Grill & Bar, Columbia
The Rockaway Burger, Rockaway Athletic Club, Columbia
Lamb Burger, Bourbon, Columbia
The Palmetto, The Kingsman, Columbia

Best burgers around Jacksonville:
Texas Hold’em Burger, Harpoon Louie’s, Jacksonville
The Bowden, Colonel Mustard’s, Jacksonville Beach
Kobe Burger, The French Pantry, Jacksonville
The Tavern Burger, Five Points Tavern, Jacksonville
Guacapotle, Grub Burger Bar, Jacksonville

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