Grilled Steak Burgers

printed from melskitchencafe.com

*Serves 8

Burgers:

8 tablespoons butter

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons soy sauce

4 1/2 pounds 90% lean ground sirloin

8 hamburger buns

Steak Sauce:

4 tablespoons tomato paste

1 1/3 cups beef broth

2/3 cup raisins

4 tablespoons soy sauce

4 tablespoons Dijon mustard

4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

For the burgers, melt the butter in an 8-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Add the garlic, onion powder, pepper and salt. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minutes. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the butter mixture into a small bowl and let it cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

While the butter mixture is cooling, add the tomato paste to the skillet with the remaining butter mixture and cook over medium heat until the paste begins to darken, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the broth, raisins, soy sauce, mustard, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and simmer the mixture until the raisins are plump, about 5 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a blender and process until the mixture is very smooth.

Place the ground sirloin in a large bowl. Add 5 tablespoons of the reserved and cooled butter mixture and the soy sauce and knead until well combined. Shape the meat into 8 patties, about 3/4-inch thick and press a shallow divot in the center. Brush each patty all over with a tablespoon or so of the simmered steak sauce.

Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons cooled butter mixture with 2 tablespoons steak sauce and set aside.

To grill, turn all burners of a gas grill to high, cover and heat the grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Leave the burners on high. Clean and oil the cooking grate. Grill the burgers, covered, for about 5-6 minutes per side (for medium-well, which is how I like them). Transfer the burgers to a plate, tent with foil and let them rest for about 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, brush each cut side of the hamburger buns with the reserved butter-steak sauce. Grill the buns, cut side down, until golden, about 2 minutes. Place burgers on the buns and serve with remaining steak sauce.