Are you guilty of creating boring burgers with uninspired toppings? Central Market is here to rescue you. Now through July 5, the store is featuring burgers and their sidekicks throughout the store. David Kiser, Head of Central Market's Cooking School, said the burgers and displays are designed to encourage people to think outside the box when it comes to this summer staple.
David recently cooked up four of the prepared burgers Central Market is offering - two beef burgers (Cowboy and Jalapeno Cheddar) and two turkey burgers (Bruschetta and Cranberry Gorgonzola). The Cowboy Burger is a smoky, spicy, meaty patty flavored with Andouille sausage seasoning, which David served topped with bacon and a delicious Cotswold cheese from Long Clawson Dairy. The Jalapeno Cheddar Burger, served on a tasty, salty pretzel roll, is just plain delicious.
If you prefer something a little leaner, the turkey burgers are for you. David warns that turkey can often be dry, but these flavorful little gems definitely were not. The Turkey Bruschetta Burger bursts with garden flavors, while the Cranberry Gorgonzola Burger has a nice sweet-savory balance.
In addition, Central Market is offering several other beef and turkey burger options as well as lamb, bison and seafood (salmon with dill, tuna, shrimp or crab). Vegetarians, fear not. Gorgeous vegetables, such as squash, eggplant and portabellas, are just waiting for you to grill up and make into a burger. How good does grilled eggplant topped with mozzarella and marinara sound?
Burger Revolution is not just about the burger itself. Condiments, ranging from the ordinary ketchup, mustard and mayo (please use Duke's, implores David), to the less common pesto, both basil and sundried tomato, are displayed throughout the store. There's even a CM Burger Upgrade kit featuring chipotle mayo, caramelized onions, grilled portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers and pickled jalapenos. The sides are covered too....McClure's (highly addictive) pickles or one of the many summer salads will complete your burger meal.
Stop by Central Market before July 5 to behold the burger beauty.
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