Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Pretzel Bun Craze

So we've all seen the commercials. Wendy's, Sonic, Chilis, they're all doing it. From burgers to hotdogs, this past summers hottest fast food craze was...The Pretzel Bun! My husband and I try to shy away from fast food for obvious reasons, but that being said we thought we'd "fancy up" some homemade burgers pairing this new fad with some organic, fresh ingredients.

So this soft, chewy, salty little number is clearly dense in calories and an insane amount of sodium. When I cook at home and can control my ingredients, I try and make mindful choices on what's going in my body. My husband actually found some regular Bavarian pretzels at one of our favorite bakeries, Silver Moon on the way upper west side- These are a little smaller, thinner and less dense. We just sliced them vertically and voila, the Kocher's version of a (slightly healthier) pretzel bun!

We added organic sirloin burgers (Cooked to medium in a grill pan, this is NYC, we don't have the luxury of outdoor space and a real grill) and stacked them high with Vermont cheddar, fresh lettuce, tomato, red onion and dill pickles. My husband also added his "secret sauce"which I've shared with you below and to be honest, goes great on just about anything! For our side we baked up some amazing store bought onion rings made by Alexia. They're all natural and trans fat free! Yum-o!

P.S. On a recent trip to Ohio I tried the Wendy's pretzel was pretty awesome.

Ryan Kocher's "Secret Sauce"

2 T mayo (store bought or homemade)
2 T organic ketchup
About a 1/4 T of Sriracha (if you don't like spicy you can use less, just a little squirt)
A few splashes of Worcester sauce to taste
A pinch of salt and pepper
*optional-add in your favorite fresh herbs like thyme or parsley for an extra kick 

Mix all of the ingredients above into a bowl and enjoy! Perfect on burgers, sandwiches, 
hotdogs and for fry dipping:) 

Homemade Cheesy Pretzel Bun Burger with Baked Onion Rings dusted with Parmesan...
Nom Nom Nom  

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