There are thousands of burgers out there, but there's only one burger named for my beloved state...The Carolina Burger. It originated in the coastal and piedmont areas of North and South Carolina, and boy...is it ever tasty!
Why You'll Love This Burger
In North Carolina, we love our creamy slaw, mustard, onions, and hotdog chili. So, why not put them together on a burger? I mean, have you ever tried one? No other burger compares as far as I'm concerned.
You've got your basic mustard and ketchup burger. And, there's the fancy mushroom and swiss variety. If you can conjure it up, I bet your favorite burger topping is already out there...including fried oysters (which they serve at my favorite restaurant...the Oyster House, in West Asheville).
But, the Carolina Burger is where it's at.
It's a rip-roaring mess. You can't eat one without using at least 10 napkins, and even then, you'll still wreak havoc. Try picking it up and you'll have to put it down. You might even need a fork. But, eventually, you'll get the hang of it and scarf down every bite. I dare ya!
How to Make It
To make this amazing burger, you first need to make an amazing batch of hotdog chili and coleslaw. Not just any chili and coleslaw, mind you, but the best you'll ever find...made Carolina style.
Carolina hotdog chili doesn't have any beans in it, so don't even think about adding those. It's just ground beef, chili seasoning, onions and ketchup. Simple, yet truly delicious. It's perfect on hotdogs, but even better on Carolina burgers.
Next, make a batch of creamy coleslaw with Duke's mayonnaise, (ad) apple cider vinegar, sugar and celery seed. Add a little garlic salt and pepper, and mix it all together. It's a match made in heaven.
What's The Best Type of Beef To Use?
Every burger meister has their favorite combo of meat, but I like to use 80% ground chuck. For this recipe, I fried two hamburger patties in my cast iron skillet (ad) and smothered them with sharp cheddar cheese. However, feel free to grill those burgers if you like!
Cheese is usually not served on a Carolina Burger, but I love the flavor of cheddar with chili, so I always add it to mine. It's up to you, but either way, you can't go wrong.
I mean...take a gander at this...
What Type of Bun is Best?
I can't possibly think of enough adjectives to describe this yumminess. It's basically a sloppy joe on top of a hamburger patty, so when you're choosing buns for your Carolina Burger, make sure you get the best brioche or bakery buns you can find. The buns have to be dense enough to handle the goodness that drips all over the place.
To assemble the burger, spread mustard on inside of buns. Place hamburger patty on bottom bun, followed by cheese if you like. Top with chili, then add slaw and onions. Close with top bun. To hold this baby together, you're gonna need a big steak knife! (ad)
WOWZA...what a burger!
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