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The Great Pumpkin Burger

Photo: extremepumpkins.com

I came across this pumpkin burger at ExtremePumpkins.com – yes, of course there’s a place for extreme pumpkin carving – and thought it would be a fun, eye-popping way to serve dinner on Halloween night. One enormous pumpkin burger. Here’s how!

First, you’ll need a pumpkin that’s not too enormous. To make the bun, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy goo, wash the seeds and stick them to the outside of the pumpkin with corn syrup or thick honey. If that doesn’t work, glue is fine too – just don’t eat them.

I’m not sure how the above pumpkin was made – but here’s how I’ll do it!

The Great Pumpkin Burger

with thanks to ExtremePumpkins.com for the inspiration!

canola or olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 2 lb. ground beef, bison or a combination of beef or bison and pork
1 cup bread crumbs or 1/2 cup crushed crackers or quick oats
1/2 cup tomato sauce or ketchup
1 large egg
1-2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt & pepper

Glaze (optional)
1/4 cup ketchup, tomato sauce or chili sauce
1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp. (15 mL) grainy mustard

1 pumpkin
cheese, lettuce and tomato

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment. Cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy goo, wash the seeds and stick them to the top half of the pumpkin with corn syrup or thick honey.

Heat a drizzle of oil in a medium skillet set over medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, until soft. In a large bowl, combine the meat, sautéed onion and garlic, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together with your hands until it’s well-blended; just don’t work it too hard or it could get tough. Shape the meat mixture on the sheet into a pattie a bit bigger (it will shrink) than the diameter of the pumpkin. Bake for 20 minutes.

To make the glaze, stir together the ketchup, sugar and mustard in a small dish. Brush the pattie with glaze and bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until cooked through.

Set on the bottom pumpkin half, top with cheese, lettuce and tomato and the other pumpkin half, angling it slightly so it doesn’t squish the filling. (Bamboo skewers can help here!) Remove the pattie and cut into wedges to serve.

Serves 6.

 

For more bite-sized appetites, tried Babble’s Best Buffalo Burgers perfect for game nights!

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