Houdini Burgers

"Serve these to your guests and watch them disappear! This recipe was created by the Hot Plate Houdinis for Zaar World Tour III. The challenge was to create a burger representative of one of the regions of the United States. Since Houdini was from the Midwest, we developed this burger, which celebrates the barbecue styles of Missouri, both St. Louis and Kansas City."
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  • Prepare slaw dressing by whisking together vinegar, oil, sugar, salt, and celery seeds.
  • Combine dressing with cabbage and onion and mix well.
  • Combine barbecue sauce with a splash of beer. Enjoy the rest of your beer while you cook.
  • Divide beef into four patties. Season to taste with KC Masterpiece BBQ seasoning.
  • Grill burgers to desired doneness.
  • To assemble, place each burger on the bottom half of a bun. Top with cheese, if using, barbecue sauce mixture, bacon, and coleslaw mixture. Add top half of the bun.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. This was more different than I thought this was going to be. Not sure if I chose the right claw slaw for this, will try a different one the next time which I think also makes it.
  2. I just made these for ZWT3- I chose this recipe because I lived in Missouri for 8 years and I adore coleslaw on pulled pork and figured it would be great on a burger. I used Kansas City Cowtown BBQ sauce my sister brought me, and I used Weber Sweet and Spicy BBQ seasoning. Thanks for the great recipe!
  3. The last year or two I have been reading different magazines and watch Food Network about cabbage slaw on hamburgers. I aways turned my nose up to that thought. Slaw on a hamburger, what have they been drinking?! I have to confess this was GREAT! Our kids even like the recipe. So I will be fixing this burger on the 4th of July at the get together here at our house. I left my slaw sit in the refrig for 5 hours to bring the flavors together more. Made for ZWT III 2007 - United States Region - Build A Burger
  4. I loved this burger and thought it was a brilliant use of ingredients. If this burger was on a menu I would pay 10 bucks for it. I loved the cole slaw. What a nice and different ingredient. Bacon and BBQ sauce and cheddar didn't hurt either! Outstanding job. We are always looking for a better/different burger and we LOVED this. This is my favorite recipe of the tour so far. Congratulations to the creators and congratulations to me for having the good sense to take a chance. Outstanding burger.
  5. Yummyummyummy!!! I didn't follow your directions to a T, but I think I was close. I happened to have Abita beer and Stubbs barbecue sauce on hand, so I used those. The slaw was a bit of a surprise for me, since I usually make the Deep South creamy tangy kind, but it's so good, I might use this dressing more often! Of course, it's a burger with bacon, cheese, BBQ, and beer. This cannot go wrong. Loved it!


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