Burgers are coming in all kinds of packages these days. I’m always happy to see restaurants that offer whole-wheat bun options, less happy when I see disgustingly indulgent bun options, like the fried mac-and-cheese buns at Zombie Burger. Yes, ZB in downtown Des Moines is an excellent restaurant, very tasty choice with lots of creations, but the mac-and-cheese burger that has mac on a burger between two fried mac-and-cheese patties as buns: disgusting.
And then there are those who offer protein-style options, like lettuce wraps, which I really like. Quesadilla wraps are big now, too.
So in my quest to use up all 21 egg roll wrappers purchased for a single-serving recipe way, way back at the start of summer, I had another idea. Most have been appetizer ideas, but this is a wrapper idea. Wrap a burger in an egg roll wrapper for a crunchy alternative to buns that adds a nice texture.
And it’s just cute. To me it looks like a little infant burger poking out of a little nest.
The reality is that it’s actually a substantially-sized venison patty that packs a lot of delicious flavor, but back to being cute…
Here’s how to wrap your burgie in its nest for an alternative to the bun that’s a little more fun.
1 egg roll wrapper
4-6 oz. burger, cooked
toppings of choice
Preheat broiler to high or set your oven to bake at 450 degrees. Lightly grease a broil-safe pan. Set aside.
Lay the burger on the egg roll wrapper, in the center. Now slide it down closer to one corner. Not all the way, but close. Fold the two perpendicular corners over the sides of the burger, tuck the closest corner over the top of those and fold under. With the flap that hasn’t been folded yet, curl that underneath the burger for extra support/ crunch.
Note: Make sure your burgers aren’t dripping in grease as that’ll cause the wrapper to not crispy up, just stay soggy.
Broil for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. If baking, expect the crisping to take a little longer, more like 6-7 minutes.
Let cool a tad and then tuck in your favorite toppings. Crunch in and enjoy!
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