Reuben Burgers

Carla Hall
Servings: 4
1 to 2 hr

A burger for the record books!

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Rueben Burgers:
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/2 pound pastrami (sliced very thin)
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese (cut into 1/2-inch wide strips)
  • 1 pound ground beef (80/20)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups sauerkraut (drained, squeezed of excess moisture)
  • 4 potato buns (toasted)
  • 1 cup Thousand Island Dressing
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
Thousand Island Dressing:
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 3 tablespoons yellow onion (peeled, finely grated)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled, grated)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • Line a plate with paper towels and set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Grease the underside of a separate baking sheet with olive oil. Grease a third baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray and set aside.
  • On the greased baking sheet, spread pastrami slices out in an even layer. Place the baking sheet that is greased on the underside, on top of the pastrami and place in a cold oven. Adjust temperature to 350ºF and cook pastrami until crispy, about 35 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to prepared plate to drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, on the lined baking sheet, spread cheese slices out in an even layer and place in oven once it has reached 350ºF. Bake until the cheese is crispy, about 10 minutes.
  • While the cheese and pastrami are baking, preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  • On a clean workspace, divide beef into 4 equal portions. Using hands, gently form each portion into a patty. Season with salt and pepper. Place patties on the grill and cook, flipping halfway through until medium rare, about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • While the patties are cooking, place a cast iron pan on the the grill and warm olive oil. Add sauerkraut and cook, tossing occasionally until charred, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if necessary, remove from heat, and set aside.
  • To Assemble: On the top and bottom bun, spread a small dollop of Thousand Island Dressing. To the bottom bun, add cooked patty and top with a layer of cheese, crispy pastrami and sauerkraut. Finish with top bun and serve.
  • For the Thousand Island Dressing: In a small bowl, add mayonnaise, ketchup, white vinegar, relish, onion, garlic and season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  • To Toast Buns: In a dry skillet, over medium heat, add buns cut-side down and toast until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.
  • Tip: Crunched for time? Crisp up the pastrami in a saute pan with a little bit of olive oil!
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