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Wilderness Garlic Burgers

Maine Homestead Feast

Wilderness Garlic Burgers

The forests of Maine are wild, vast, and teeming with life. From its moss-laden woods to the echoes of loons across its pristine lakes, Maine is an ode to nature’s unspoiled grandeur. And amid this beauty, Maine’s culinary scene flourishes, drawing inspiration from its surroundings, its history, and its culture. One such dish, capturing the very essence of Maine’s wilderness, is the Wilderness Garlic Burger.

Imagine taking a walk through a Maine forest. The rustle of leaves, the distant sounds of wildlife, and that unmistakable aroma of garlic wildflowers that occasionally wafts through. The Wilderness Garlic Burger is a culinary interpretation of that experience. Each bite transports you right into the heart of the state’s sprawling green expanse, making you feel one with nature.

Central to the dish is garlic, an ingredient cherished not just in Maine but globally. But in Maine, garlic takes on a special significance. Local festivals celebrate its bounty, farmers take pride in cultivating varieties that thrive in the state’s unique soil composition, and families pass down recipes that elevate garlic from a mere ingredient to the star of the plate.

The cream cheese mix, imbued with the robustness of minced garlic and the depth of Italian herbs, is reminiscent of Maine’s pastoral fields, where dairy cows graze freely and wild herbs dance with the winds. It’s a fusion that speaks volumes of Maine’s European settlers, who brought with them seeds, livestock, and culinary traditions that harmoniously blended with the state’s indigenous practices.

Maine’s beef industry, though not as vast as its western counterparts, is deeply rooted in tradition. The ground beef patties, generously seasoned with garlic powder, salt, and pepper, celebrate this legacy. Each bite is a testament to Maine’s commitment to sustainable farming and ethical practices. Add to this the richness of provolone cheese, and you’ve got a concoction that echoes the warmth of a Maine homestead.

The creamy garlic sauce is the proverbial cherry on top. A delightful concoction of garlic’s robustness, tempered with the velvety touch of heavy cream. The addition of parsley pays homage to Maine’s gardens, which, no matter how big or small, often have a dedicated patch to this fragrant herb.

Pair this burger with a brioche bun, and the experience is transcendent. The soft, buttery brioche complements the burger’s hearty nature, creating a balance that’s both rustic and refined – much like Maine itself.

But beyond its flavors, the Wilderness Garlic Burger is a story. A story of Maine’s settlers and their journey. Of farmers who work tirelessly, rain or shine. Of local festivals that celebrate the state’s bounties. And of families that gather around the table, making memories, one meal at a time.

As the seasons change and Maine’s landscapes shift from the vibrant hues of autumn to the serene whites of winter, dishes like the Wilderness Garlic Burger serve as a comforting constant. They remind us of Maine’s enduring spirit, its close-knit communities, and its respect for the land and its offerings.

Wilderness Garlic Burgers

Print Recipe

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Mix

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs

Burgers

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 8 teaspoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Creamy Garlic Sauce

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Extras

  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns

Instructions

  • Prepare the cream cheese mixture by combining the softened cream cheese, minced garlic, and Italian herbs. Set aside in four portions.
  • For the burgers, thoroughly mix the ground beef, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Split this mix into eight equal portions, then shape them into balls and subsequently flatten them to get 1/4″ thick patties. Place a dollop of the cream cheese mix on four patties, cover each with another patty, and gently press their edges together.
  • Grill these stuffed patties, placing a slice of provolone cheese on each during the last moments to melt.
  • For the creamy garlic sauce: In a saucepan, combine the garlic, garlic powder, and water. Let it boil until the water nearly evaporates. Stir in the heavy cream, parsley, salt, and pepper. In a separate bowl, mix cornstarch with water and add this into the sauce to thicken it.
  • Assemble the burgers by laying a burger patty on each bun, drizzling the creamy garlic sauce over, adding any other preferred toppings, and capping off with the bun top.

So, the next time you find yourself yearning for a slice of Maine’s wilderness, remember that it’s just a burger away. Because with every bite, you’re not just savoring a meal; you’re immersing yourself in a world where nature and nurture go hand in hand, creating symphonies that linger long after the last morsel is gone.

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