Sunday, June 30, 2013

Swedish Blonde Burger for Summer BBQ Party #SundaySupper

You know how there's that one person who can always seem to get a party started? 

Well, that's how I feel about the 4th of July, when it comes to Summer BBQing!

Even if you think you aren't in the mood... your smile grows a bit brighter as you see that flag waving in the wind.  And your eyes become a bit wider as you can't help yourself from pulling off the road for the larger-than-life fireworks tent.  Your man heads off to the "big boom" section, while you head straight to the pink sparklers.  And finally, you know you're hooked, when you search your closet for a bit of blue to add to your red and white outfit, while singing Neil Diamond's Coming to America... out loud, even.

And then out comes the grill.  And the burgers.  And the beans.  And the beer.

And did I say burgers?  Nothing like a good burger on the grill.

So this week's Sunday Supper is all about Summer BBQing.  And since July 4th is this week, I knew I had to create something special.

And special, this burger is.  The kind of burger that would make Bobby Flay... and The Swedish Chef proud.

I wanted to create something completely unique, completely delicious, and full of fun.  So, I decided to go back to my heritage.  And I got my inspiration from my Grandmother's Swedish Meatballs.

First, by adding the eggs, breadcrumbs, milk and parsley to the ground beef, I was able to get the moist texture of a meatball.  And with the addition of the cardamom, the Swedish flavor really came out, and brought me back to my childhood... love this spice!

I added some aioli for some creaminess, with just the right amount of freshness from the dill.  And then I thought it needed some crunch.  So, I created a slaw, chock full of goodies like sliced apples, fennel and green onions (and don't be scared away by the fennel.  I didn't think I liked raw fennel before I tried this slaw.  So yummy!)  The dressing is simple, but a perfect balance of sweetness from the honey and acid from the champagne vinegar.  All perfectly complimenting each other.  And with each layer of the burger adding a unique texture in every bite.

Top off the patty with an ooey, gooey semi-soft white cheese, and put it all on a fluffy bakery hamburger bun...

l├Ącker (delicious in Swedish!)

So, why the blonde?

Because I still think blondes have more fun... even blonde burgers.

Swedish Blonde Burger

For the Burger:

2 pounds ground beef
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tablespoons milk
1-1/2 teaspoon dried shallots
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Cheese slices- I used Muenster, but any mild, semi-soft cheese will work
Hamburger buns

Mix together all ingredients.  Add more milk or bread crumbs to reach desired texture if needed.  Press into patties and grill on the barbeque or pan fry.  Add on cheese slices for the last few minutes.

For the Apple, Fennel, Green Onion Honey Slaw:

2 red apples, peeled and cut into thin slices
1 fennel bulb, thinly julienned
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup champagne vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl.  Add more honey or vinegar depending on taste (I prefer it a bit sweeter).  And check for seasoning.  Refrigerate until needed.

For the Dill Aioli:

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together all ingredients.  Check for seasoning.  Refrigerate until needed.

To Assemble:

Spread a layer of aioli on the bottom bun, then top with Swedish meatball patty and then slaw.  Serve.

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And a special thanks to Jennie from for hosting this week!

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  1. Oh, man, do these burgers look outstanding! A combination of toppings that never would have occurred to me...but now I am craving one of your stunning burgers!

    1. Thank you so much Liz!! It was so much fun to play around with the ingredients! ;-)

  • I was very intrigued by your title and couldn't wait to find out what a Swedish blond is! This sounds amazing and that fennel apple slaw on the top really does add so much character and pizzaz! Very nice. I must try this recipe!!!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    1. Thank you Renee! I LOVED the slaw!! ;-)

  • I love this idea! A swedish meatball burger is genius, plus I love to have a little sweet with my salty, so I think I'd really enjoy this combo! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Courtney!!! All the extra flavors really brightened up the burger patty. And I agree on the sweet and salty combo!

  • I LOVE your of my favorite things to do is create really fun, unique burgers! Love the apple-fennel slaw...I'm a recent fennel convert and take part in a fun #FennelFriday monthly cooking club to feature fennel and fennel pollen spices.

    1. That is awesome, Wendy! So glad you found fennel. I fell in love with it roasted, and now am excited to a way that I also enjoy it raw! I'll have to check out your group... sounds fun!

  • The flavors here Di, so interesting! Cardamom? I never would´ve thought of adding it to a burger. Love the slaw and of course the title!

    1. Thank you Paula! It really added a lovely flavor to the patty... and glad you liked the name too- gotta have fun w/your food :-) Thanks for stopping by!!!

  • Love that you've introduced your Swedish heritage to this American holiday. Melted white cheese on anything is pretty stellar, too. Your fennel slaw is a keeper. And as always, Diana, you are a wonderful storyteller =)

    1. Thank you so much, Kim! And I'm with you on melted cheese- yum! :-)

  • Yep, love your apple slaw also - especially the fennel. Swedish Meatballs always make me think of New Year's Eve from my childhood. It was just my parents and I, and we never really went out and did anything. We just stayed home, and for some reason, my mom had a tradition of making swedish meatballs. It was the only time all year we had them, and I still have good memories of them.

    My stomach seriously just grumbled looking at your pictures of this amazing cocoction!

    1. That is so cool, Lori! We always had Swedish Meatballs over the holidays too!! So glad this brought back some fun memories... and hope you give it a try! :-)

  • I love every single thing on this gorgeous burger - I want MUST...have one!

    ...and now I will be singing that song for the rest of the week, thankyouverymuch. ;P

    1. lol! And thanks Heather! I'll be singing it too, and thinking of you! Enjoy the burger! :-)

  • Yummy! Thanks for stopping by Granny's.

    1. Thanks Debra! ;-)

  • This looks so amazing Diana! I love muenster cheese too, so always happy to see that on top of a burger.

    1. Thanks Susan! Yes, muenster is a favorite on just about anything!!! ;-)

  • oh my goodness, Diana. . this burger looks amazing!!! just in time for the 4th!

  • Oh my! I really need these in my life!! I love your idea of Swedish meatball inspired burger and cardamom sounds great in there! So does your slaw and aioli!

    1. Thanks Soni!!! I adore cardamom too. Appreciate you stopping by! :-)

  • That burger looks amazing! Who can resist Swedish meatballs? Then to turn that into a burger dripping with cheese, and look at that aoili! I could go for one right now

    1. I know... aren't Swedish Meatballs the best??? Hope you enjoy!! :-)

  • Thank you Alice! Hope you had a great holiday! :-)

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