Birch & Barley’s Brat Burger
Makes eight 8-ounce patties
11⁄3 pounds pork butt, diced and chilled
6 ounces pork fatback, diced and chilled
6 ounces veal shoulder, diced and chilled
2½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg, lightly beaten, chilled
½ cup heavy cream, chilled
2 pounds ground beef
Combine all the ingredients—except the eggs, cream, and ground beef—in a bowl with your hands. Make sure the fat and meat are evenly distributed. In another bowl, place the chilled eggs and cream and whisk until combined. Using a stand mixer fitted with a grinder attachment, grind the meat mixture. Place the mixture into the stand mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment. Paddle the mixture (make sure it’s chilled) on setting 1 for 1 minute. Add the ground beef. Mix on setting 2 for 2 minutes, slowly adding the cream-and-egg blend to the mixer. Mix on setting 1 until well mixed. Divide the meat into 8-ounce patties. Grill over high heat for 4 minutes on each side or until the burgers are fully cooked through.
1 cup diced bacon
¼ onion, sliced
1 cup white wine
1 8-ounce can sauerkraut, drained and chopped
1 cup German hefeweizen beer (Bailey uses Ayinger Bräu-Weisse)
½ cup chicken stock
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
Salt and pepper to taste
Set the oven to 350 degrees.
Render the bacon in a pan set over low heat. Add the onions and sweat them until translucent. Deglaze the pan with white wine. Reduce until the pan is almost dry. Add the drained sauerkraut and mix well. Turn the stove to medium heat. Add the beer and chicken stock, then the grated apple. Cover with parchment paper. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or to the desired texture. Cool. Serve with the burgers.
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