I don’t know about you, but to me the 4th of July is the ultimate grilling holiday – every year we have our family over for a barbecue. Last year we did a mixed grill of chicken and sausages. This year I’m making these red, white and blue burgers. A patriotic burger is the perfect way to celebrate our country and as a bonus they’re actually really easy to make!
The burgers themselves are very simple – just ground beef that is seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked to your liking. The toppings are the fun part. When I was dreaming up this burger I immediately knew I would use ripe tomatoes and fresh mozzarella for the red and white components. But blue is a little more tricky – there aren’t that many naturally blue foods. Then it came to me – purple potatoes!
Now these potatoes clearly look purple in this picture, but the color fades to a dark blue after they’ve been cooked. I figured that since fries and potato chips are a common side dish to burgers, that potatoes would taste good on top of the burgers too, and I was right. I sliced the potatoes really thinly with a mandoline and baked them in the oven to turn them into chips. I was able to find a whole bag of purple potatoes but some stores just sell a mix of yukon, red and purple potatoes. If your store sells the mixture you can always just use the purple ones for this recipe and the other colors for another use, or bake them up as fries to go on the side. I used a small potato, if your potatoes are bigger they may take longer to crisp up – once they just start to turn brown they’re done.
So now you’ve got yourself a hearty burger topped with juicy tomatoes, creamy fresh mozzarella and crispy blue potato chips. I don’t think it gets any more American than that, do you?
The Patriotic Burger
- 1 1/4 pounds ground beef (I used 90/10 but 80/20 is great too)
- 1 1/2 cups sliced tomatoes
- 4 ounces of fresh mozzarella , thinly sliced
- 3/4 pound purple potatoes
- 4 hamburger buns (use gluten free if needed)
- salt and pepper
- cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Slice the purple potatoes very thinly with a mandoline or a sharp knife. Lay the potato slices in a single layer on the pan, season with salt and pepper. Coat the tops of the potato slices with cooking spray. Bake the potatoes for 15 minutes or until the tops start to brown (it might take longer depending on the size of your potatoes)
- While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the burgers. Heat a pan or your barbecue to medium high heat. Divide the meat evenly into 4 parts, shape into patties. Season both sides of the patties with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, depending on your desired level of doneness.
- Toast the hamburger buns, place the burgers on top. Add the tomatoes, then mozzarella slices, then potato chips on top. Secure with a toothpick if needed.