The challenger has chosen for today's battle: IRON CHEF COMFORT FOOD in the food battle, ground beef.
- ground beef (approx 1/2 pound)
- garlic powder
- worcestershire sauce
- sweet paprika
- liquid smoke
- Cheeze Whiz
- ranch dressing
- In a bowl, mix ground beef and last 6 ingredients on list, form into oval patties
- Place patties on grill (in my case, a George Foreman grill), cook to preference
- chop tomato
- heat pita (over GF grill, oven, microwave etc)
- assemble burger, place on condiments, enjoy
For this twist on an old American classic, I was inspired by a Bobby Flay Throwdown, where he battled for burgers with a woman who did a Greek burger using ground lamb and pitas. I liked this Mediterranean theme, but I didn't have lamb, tzatziki or the proper cheese. I only had the pita, ground beef, and a sense of imagination.
The burger itself had a lot of flavour. The liquid smoke, the paprika, the Worcestershire sauce all gave the ground beef something to sing about. I wish I had a good cheddar for the cheese, or even some feta - Cheeze Whiz just seemed too, plastic.
I also put on too much mayo and ranch for dressing - it was good, but at times masked the flavour of the burger. This is the great debate I can often have with food like burgers. I loved the taste of the meat, the seasoning, all on its own. But I also love the additions, the condiments, that which takes a good burger to bigger heights.
For comfort food, this hit the spot. I really like using the pita for buns and would consider it even with a more traditional burger. I would still love to do the Greek burger, but this was certainly an enjoyable dinner.
ICR WINNER: me