My hubby loves linguica. It’s pretty hard to find down here where we live, but when he found some in the Boston area where he used to live, and the company ships it….well let’s just say we now have a mini freezer full of his scored bounty. What is linguica? I’m glad you asked. It’s a Portuguese sausage. It’s made from pork butt (which is actually a cut taken from the pig’s shoulder not the down under side) seasoned with paprika, garlic, pepper and cumin. It’s then brined, stuffed into casings then smoked. It has a mild, spicy flavor. It is quite good I can assure you.
For this burger I used ground linguica mixed with beef. This is definitely for a cheat day, but it’s oh so worth it. The double patties are so juicy and flavorful with the spices and hint of smokiness from the linguica. Then there is the cheese. All that gooey, cheesy goodness between those delicious patties and covers the top like a warm cheesy blanket.
I know in the picture above the burger looks to be on the rare side, but it’s the color of the linguica. So no stomach rolling there. If you happen to score some as well, you can not go wrong with this burger topped with cheese and all of your favorite burger condiments. Let your imagination go a little wild and savor this not so ordinary burger.
Here’s what you need:
*sturdy hamburger buns
*sliced cheese; I used white American
*Your favorite hamburger toppings
For The Burger:
*1 LB. ground linguica
*1 LB. ground beef
*1 TBS. Worcestershire sauce
*2 tsp. onion powder
*2 tsp. garlic powder
*1/2 tsp. salt
In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients for the burger
Form into patties. These are going to be 2 patties per burger so form to desired thickness.
Heat a large cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Place the patties into the hot skillet.
It’s ok if you can’t fit all of the patties in the skillet at once. You can cook these in batches.
Cook for about 5 to 6 minutes then flip them over and cook for another 3 minutes.
Cover each patty with cheese.
Cover the skillet and cook until the cheese is melted.
Place one of the patties on the bottom half of the bun, then top with another. Top with your desired hamburger toppings and serve.
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