Happy Fourth of July!!

For the holiday’s I like to do a big post with great food.  Since this is the summer and the 4th of July is such a big grilling day, I decided to make burgers and fries.  Not just any burgers, firecracker burgers.  Not just any fries, sour cream and chive fries.  This was going to be the best grilling day ever.

Firecracker Burger with Sour Cream and Chive Fries
Firecracker Burger with Sour Cream and Chive Fries

Firecracker Burgers

  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef – You can use leaner meat but 80/20 makes the perfect burger
  • 4 slices pepperjack cheese
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 1 habenero
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tbs chipotle hot sauce
  • 1 tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Sour Cream and Chive Fries

  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 tbs chives
  • salt
  • Spicy Chipotle Ketchup

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbs chipotle hot sauce
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Cutting the French Fries

    The first step is cut the potatoes and get them soaking.  You need to let the fries soak for at least 30 minutes in cold water before you fry them.  This will help remove some of the starch so that your fries don’t stick together.

    Soak for at least 30 minutes.  Longer is better.  If you soak for longer make sure to change the water every couple hours.
    Soak for at least 30 minutes. Longer is better. If you soak for longer make sure to change the water every couple hours.

    To create the fries, peel the potatoes.  Then using a mandolin or a sharp knife, cut the potatoes into strips.  I cut the potato into vertical strips, then rotated the potato and cut the strips into fries.

    Six potatoes make enough for 4 people
    Six potatoes make enough for 4 people

    Cut as thin or thick as you like
    Cut as thin or thick as you like

    After you cut the potatoes place them immediately in the water to keep them from changing colors. After you finish cutting the potatoes change the water in the bowl. Replace the water with cold water.

    Making the Firecracker Burger Patties

    Place the hamburger meat into a large bowl.

    Dice up the jalapeños and the habenero and place in the large bowl.

    Jalapenos and Habeneros
    Jalapenos and Habeneros

    Dice Finely
    Dice Finely

    Now add the chili powder, salt, pepper, chipotle hot sauce and the worcestershire sauce.

    Chipotle Hot Sauce
    Chipotle Hot Sauce

    Worchestershire Sauce
    Worchestershire Sauce

    Mix by hand until combined. You don’t have to mix it until the peppers are evenly distributed. Actually having some bites with peppers and some without was rather refreshing. Plus, it was a lot of fun to see how spicy each bite was going to be.

    Split the meat into quarters. This will make it so that you can make four patties.

    Split into fourths
    Split into fourths

    Take a fourth of the meat and roll into a ball. Place the ball on a piece of wax paper. Fold the wax paper over the meat and press down to form perfect patties. Place the wax paper covered patties in the refrigerator until you are ready to grill them.

    Wax paper makes forming patties super easy.
    Wax paper makes forming patties super easy.

    Spicy Chipotle Ketchup

    This is super easy. Mix the ketchup, chipotle hot sauce, chili powder and salt in a bowl. That is it. Super easy and super tasty.

    Mix up the ketchup
    Mix up the ketchup

    Making the Sour Cream and Chive Fries

    Preheat your oil to 320 degrees.  Blanche the fries in the low temperature oil for 3 minutes.  This will cook the insides of the fries.

    Blanching the fries cooks the inside, we will cook the outside in a bit.
    Blanching the fries cooks the inside, we will cook the outside in a bit.

    Cook in small batches and after 3 minutes remove the fries when they are pale and a little translucent.  Place the fries on some paper towels to drain while you cook the rest of the fries.

    Let them drain.  Once you have all of the fries blanched increase the fryer heat to 375 degrees.
    Let them drain. Once you have all of the fries blanched increase the fryer heat to 375 degrees.

    Now that you have all of the fries blanched turn the heat of the fryer up to 375.  When the fryer is preheated start coating the fries.  To make the sour cream and chive fries, you need to lightly batter them.  Sounds like overkill, I know, but it is awesome.

    To make the batter, place the flour and 2 tbs of chives in a dish.  Mix thoroughly and set aside.

    Flour and Chives
    Flour and Chives

    In another bowl mix the sour cream, milk, dash of salt and remaining 4 tbs of chives.

    Mix the sourcream, milk and chives
    Mix the sourcream, milk and chives

    Place some of the fries in the flour mixture.  Coat them the best you can.  Dust off the excess flour.

    Dust the fries
    Dust the fries

    Now coat the dusted fries in the sourcream mixture.

    Mix the fries in the sourcream mixture
    Mix the fries in the sourcream mixture

    I know this sounds tedious, but you need to place the fries in the fryer once at a time.  Otherwise they will stick.  A way around this would be to place the fries once dipped in the batter on a tray and individually freezing them.  Then when you are ready you can dump a bunch in the fryer at once.

    Place in the fryer one at a time
    Place in the fryer one at a time

    Fry for 2-3 minutes at 375 degrees, until the fries are golden brown.  Remove from the fryer and drain on a rack or paper towels.  Once removed lightly dust the fries with salt.

    Perfectly Cooked Fries
    Perfectly Cooked Fries

    Grilling the burger

    Preheat your grill on high for at least 15 minutes before you place the burgers on the grates.  This will allow you to get the best grill marks.  Place the patties directly over the heat and grill for 5-7 minutes on the first side.

    Place the meat on preheated grates
    Place the meat on preheated grates

    Flip and grill for another 6 minutes.  This all depends on the doneness that you like.  For medium I usually cook for about 6 minutes on each side.  The second side may take a little less than 6 minutes.

    Perfect Grill Lines
    Perfect Grill Lines

    With about a minute left cooking on the second side add the cheese and toast the buns.

    Closing the lid of the grill helps the cheese melt.
    Closing the lid of the grill helps the cheese melt.

    To assemble the burger place the burger on the base of the toasted bun.  On the top half of the bun layer on the chipotle ketchup, letuce, tomato and onion.

    The lettuce and tomato help cut the spice
    The lettuce and tomato help cut the spice

    Serve the hamburger with a side of fries and chipotle ketchup for dipping.

    Firecracker hamburger with sourcream and chive fries
    Firecracker hamburger with sourcream and chive fries

    This burger was amazing and the fries were absolutely delicious.  I did not incorporate the peppers evenly in the burger and it worked out.  Some bites were spicy and some were not as spicy and served as a nice break from the heat.  The name for the burger was very accurate.  It was full of fire and some bites exploded with heat.  The fries were crispy and delicious.  If you have never made fries from scratch they are amazing.  You will never buy the frozen ones again.

    Happy Fourth of July!  I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday weekend.

    -Rex

    Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

    8 Comments

    1. i bet patty lou has something up her sleeve, i bet she has something to add this weekend fatboy, as a tribute to your mom, lets get something from her this weekend

    2. This looks like the perfect 4th of July meal. My stomach started growling just reading about it. I love the idea of dipping the fries in the sour cream mixture. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    3. Thank you very much for the GREAT recipes! I have been searching for a sour cream and chive fry recipe for years!

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