I've got Germany on the brain since my trip.
Though, this is an idea that I got from a trip to Leavenworth Washington, our own little slice of Bavaria close to Seattle. One of our favorite places does a Bratwurst burger, and I love it. I've been meaning to do one at home for some time. As I was shopping at Trader Joe's (perhaps a little jet lagged), I threw in my cart some easy ingredients to make this for dinner on Monday night.
As you can see, it was some pretty easy stuff.
I like bratwurst mostly, but sometimes a pure bratwurst sausage is just too rich, however, when you mix in ground pork with it, it's the perfect balance. You could use ground beef, but really, I like the pork is much nicer.
Trader Joe's had nice big buns for 99 cents each, but Costco has the big bags of small pretzel buns for a very good price if you want to make sliders for a party, or a game.
Makes 4-6 burgers, or about 16 sliders (2 oz each)
1 lb ground pork
1 lb bratwurst, remove casings
Pretzel buns, enough for desired number of burgers, or sliders
Braised red cabbage, sweet & tangy
I was at Trader Joe's and saw this red cabbage slaw and thought why not saute this up and make a sweet & sour red cabbage for our burgers?
Saute up the cabbage with 1 Tbsp of oil, 1 sliced small onion, and 2 Tbsp of vinegar. Add a teaspoon of sugar, if desired. Saute over medium heat for about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Add a slice of cheese and add to a mustard smeared bun, top with cabbage and serve.
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