What better way to close out a warm Father's Day evening than with BBQ burgers for dinner? This meaty burger is packed with flavor and slathered with doctored-up barbecue sauce, then topped with a crunchy cabbage slaw. Definitely going on my Summer to-grill list!
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1 (1/2-lb) piece green cabbage, cored
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar, divided
1/2 cup very finely shredded carrot (1 medium)
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives
1/2 cup bottled tomato-based barbecue sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 lb ground pork
4 kaiser or soft rolls, split and grilled
Equipment: an adjustable-blade slicer
- Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas).
- Thinly slice enough cabbage with slicer to measure 2 cups. Whisk together mayonnaise, milk, and 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar until smooth, then toss with cabbage, carrots, chives, and salt and pepper to taste. Let coleslaw stand at room temperature, uncovered, while making burgers.
- Stir together barbecue sauce, cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining tablespoon vinegar until combined well.
- Mix together pork, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce mixture until combined (do not overmix), then form into 4 (3/4-inch-thick) burgers (4 inches in diameter).
- Oil grill rack, then grill patties, covered only if using a gas grill, turning over occasionally, until just cooked through, about 6 minutes total. Brush top of each patty with 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce mixture, then turn over and grill 30 seconds. Brush top of each patty with 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce, then turn over and grill 30 seconds more.
- Brush cut sides of rolls with remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, then sandwich patties and coleslaw between rolls.
Cooks’ notes: Coleslaw can be made 8 hours ahead and chilled, covered. Patties can be formed 1 hour ahead and chilled, covered. If you aren’t able to grill outdoors, patties can be cooked in an oiled large (2-burner) ridged grill pan over medium heat, turning over occasionally, until just cooked through, 7 to 9 minutes, then brushed with barbecue sauce and cooked as above.
- Main Dishes, Pork
- North American