Pastrami Burgers with Fry Sauce – Utah

We’ve talked about regional burgers before when we explored the Minnesota Juicy Lucy and the Okie Onion Burger. Now comes the

Pastrami Burger - Utah

Utah Pastrami Burger. Made famous by Utah’s Crown Burgers, the Pastrami Burger has been around since the 1950s in California. Manuel Katsanevas, founder of the Crown Burger on North Temple Street, admits that he learned to make pastrami burgers from a guy in Los Angeles. This ode to beef is topped with sliced lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese and of course, hot pastrami.

And you cannot forget the fry sauce. Fry sauce is a little like a smooth Thousand Island dressing, seasoned with pickle juice rather than relish. Great on the burger, the fry sauce also is a tasty dip for French fries.

Prepared to be dazzled by speed, snow and aerial tricks at various events at Utah Olympic Park in the next few weeks including the Luge World Cup, the Nordic Combined Continental Cup, the US Freestyle Aerials Selection, and the Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup.

Pastrami Burger

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 min.
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

For the burgers:

  • 1 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ pound thinly slice beef pastrami
  • Sliced American or Cheddar cheese
  • 4 burger buns
  • Sliced tomato, lettuce, onions (optional)

For the fry sauce:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2-3 teaspoons pickle juice (to taste)
  • 2-3 dashes hot sauce

Instructions

For the fry sauce: Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.

For the burgers: Mix ground beef with salt, pepper garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. Divide into 4 patties. Grill 3 to 4 minutes each side for a medium burger. Place on buns. Top with cheese, then pastrami warmed for a few minutes in a frying pan. Add fry sauce and other desired fixings.

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5 thoughts on “Pastrami Burgers with Fry Sauce – Utah”

  1. Hi Kat– this looks like a luxurious! we are pastrami fans, but don’t indulge too often. Hope you are enjoying getting ready for Christmas. Do you have a big hub bub around your house??? (and, of course, what do you eat?!) xo

    1. Hi Rhonda -Pastrami is definitely a once-in-a-while indulgence! Having company btwn Christmas and New Years. We tend to go a little nuts for NYE but not sure what we are going to have yet, sometimes we do crab legs and sometimes we do fondue. Ham for Christmas, my college boy’s request. – Kat

      1. Hey Kat–sounds like a delicious week– isn’t fun to have your kids come home and to fee them?! I’m making my grocery list of meals for kids– they’ll all be here over a week! Can’t wait!

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