Recipe courtesy of Robert Irvine

Rueben Burger

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: Four 8-ounce burgers
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Ingredients

Dressing:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup catsup

1/4 cup pickle relish

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon celery seed

1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco

2 cups sauerkraut, drained

Grapeseed oil, for cooking

Burgers:

1 pound ground beef, 80/20 blend

1 pound corned beef, ground

1 pound ground pork

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 slices Swiss or Gruyere cheese

Burger Construction:

2 tablespoons butter, cut into pats

4 good-quality kaiser rolls

Directions

  1. For the dressing: In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, catsup, relish, vinegar, celery seed and hot sauce, mixing well. Then blend with the sauerkraut and hold. 
  2. For the burgers: Preheat a grill to 350 degrees F. 
  3. In a bowl, blend the beef, corned beef and pork by hand, mixing well until evenly and thoroughly mixed. Next, portion the meat into 4 equal patties and sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill the burgers on the first side for 5 to 6 minutes, then flip and repeat grilling on the second side. 
  4. While the burgers are cooking, in a saute pan over high heat, add grapeseed oil, allow to heat until smoking then reduce the heat to medium. Next, add the dressed sauerkraut and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring with a spatula during the process. Once cooked, add one-quarter of the dressed kraut on the top of the burgers, and then top with the cheese. 
  5. To build the burgers: Heat a pan over medium-high heat, add the butter to the pan and brown the rolls one at a time, repeating the process until all the rolls have been browned. Then place the dressed burgers on the bottom buns, finish with the bun top and serve.

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