Alright Avengers fans… I have another Marvel inspired burger recipe for you! The other day I was re-watching THE AVENGERS in anticipation of the sequel AGE OF ULTRON. Now *SPOILER ALERT*, if you recall, one of the closing images of the film is New York City in devastation, and just the flickering “A” on the Stark Tower Complex in Midtown Manhattan.
NYC played a big role in the Avengers film. Thinking about New York, and naturally this hungry girl started thinking of all the delicious food the City has to offer… Which then made me crave a good ole fashion Brooklyn Reuben Sandwich. I know I know. The Stark Tower was in Midtown, not Brooklyn… but I’ve always found the most delicious Reubens in Brooklyn! Sadly, as I didn’t have any corn beef or pastrami, I decided to go with the next best thing. I had ground beef, so I decided to make myself some Brooklyn Reuben BURGERS instead!
Below I’ve included a tutorial on how to create my Brooklyn Reuben Burger as inspired by The Avengers. I’m sure this would be a favorite of Captain America, as he is a homegrown Brooklyn boy at heart!
Brooklyn Reuben Burger Recipe
1-2 lbs. of ground beef
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
2 slices of toast
black pepper (to taste)
salt (to taste)
Thousand Island dressing
Before we start, just in case you have not prepared your sauerkraut prior to starting this burger recipe, let me give you a super quick tutorial on how to do so. I use a simple can of sauerkraut I pick up from the grocery store, though you could Google on how to ferment your own. Strain the sauerkraut in a strainer and rinse if you wish for a less saltier taste. Place the sauerkraut in a pot on your stove top. Adding in seasoning to your desire. I like to add in sugar, cinnamon, garlic powder, and black pepper. Pour in enough water so that the sauerkraut is barely covered. Bring to boil, and then lower the heat to “low”, cover the pot, and let the sauerkraut simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
So now to begin the burgers. Put your ground beef into a large mixing bowl. Add your black pepper, salt, and minced garlic to taste. I like to add in mustard seed as well to my burger meat. Add in your egg and a squirt of Thousand Island dressing. Make sure you mix well!
If you don’t have a grill and decide to cook on the stove top, the process is pretty easy. Cook the burgers on one side, then flip them to the other side to cook. Cover the burgers and let them simmer to really cook the inside as well. Place a slice of Swiss cheese on them and let that melt during the last few minutes.
Now for the sauerkraut. If you pre-made your sauerkraut, you’ll want to heat it up in a saucepan on your stove top. Doesn’t need to be for too long. Just enough to warm it up. Place your desired amount on top of your burger.
Now for the final topping… pickles! Now I know not traditionally do you find pickles in a Brooklyn Reuben sandwich. However I just love the *crunch* that pickles give to a sandwich. So only appropriate I add them to my burger too!
… and there you go! You now have a complete Brooklyn Reuben Burger! Sure it might not have corn beef or pastrami. However it has the same delicious toppings you find on a Reuben from your neighborhood New York deli. Now I mentioned how I can’t wait for May, right? Oh yes, May 1st the latest installment of the Avengers series hits the big screen! Can’t wait either? Well to hold you over until then, cook yourself a Brooklyn Reuben burger to pay homage to New York and check out the trailer below…
Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
In case you missed it… check out the trailer below!
Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st, 2015!
Who is your favorite AVENGER?
I was provided the trailer as a blogger for Walt Disney Publications. I did not receive financial compensation for my recipe post.