Memorial Hermann's "Texas Culinary Games."

Chef Larry Yonda and Chef Scott Halverson with Memorial Hermann discuss their culinary competition and amazing hamburgers.

Seared ground beef burger served on roasted garlic butter toasted pretzel bun, with sliced tomato, crispy shallots, spinach, pastrami rubbed bacon, Swiss cheese and Hamburg sauce.
8oz Ground beef burger Pattie 80/20
1ea     Pretzel Bun 
2oz     Garlic Butter 
2sl.     Pastrami Spiced Bacon
2oz     Hamburg Sauce 
2sl.     Ripe Tomato
2oz     Spinach
2oz     Fried Shallot 
2sl.     Swiss Cheese
    Sear beef in Pan to desired temperature, Spread garlic butter on bun, then toast.  Prepare pastrami spiced bacon by seasoning bacon with Pastrami Spice Blend, and cooking in sauté pan until crispy. Heat grape seed oil to 350 degrees and fry shallots that have been dusted in cornstarch.  Drain shallots on paper towel. Prepare hamburger sauce by mixing ¼ cup mayo, ¼ ketchup, 1 tbsp. pickle juice, and salt and pepper. Place cooked burger patty on bun, top with Swiss cheese, add spiced bacon, and spoon sauce over burger.  Top with spinach, tomato and shallots. Serve immediately. 
Pastrami Spice Blend:
black pepper
ground ginger
onion powder
brown sugar
8oz 90/10 Ground Beef Pattie
Pretzel Bun
Garlic Spread
( 2T margarine and ½ tsp granulated garlic mixed together)
Pastrami Spiced Turkey Bacon
Lite Hamburger Sauce
2 Slice Roma Tomato
2 oz Baby Spinach 
2 oz Bake Shallot
1 Slice Swiss Cheese
Pastrami Spice Blend
Pastrami Spice Blend
black pepper
ground ginger
onion powder
Splenda brown sugar
Preseason your burger with the pastrami spice, then place on a pre-heated grill and cook to 140 degrees. Next, prepare your pastrami spiced bacon by liberally seasoning with your pastrami spice blend. Then place your seasoned bacon on a sheet pan and cook at 400 degrees until crisp. While your bacon is cooking, slice your shallots paper thin, and place on a small sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  Bake until crisp but not burnt. Prepare hamburger sauce by mixing ¼ cup  fat free mayo, ¼  C ketchup, 1 T pickle juice, salt, and pepper.  Spread your garlic spread on the top and bottom bun and toast quickly on your grill. Now place your grilled burger patty on the bottom bun, then top with Swiss cheese, spiced bacon, and hamburger sauce. Top with spinach, tomato, and shallots. Serve immediately.

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