Grilling burgers is not complete without a little flavor of Jamaica. This seasoning has been popular all over the Caribbean for years. It's the signature of Caribbean cooking, and this fabulous Jamaican Jerk Seasoning burger is the perfect American style twist to the traditional style Caribbean cuisine.
Traditionally, the spice mixture was rubbed or marinated onto pork and chicken. This was done not only to add flavor, but to preserve the meat as well. The spice originally comes from the Spanish word charqui, and that is how we ended up with the word Jerky-meaning served meat. Today the spice is used on a variety of meats such as beef, sausage, veal, fish and shrimp.
Burgers have become the most popular summer grilling food in the United States. People are continuing to create new and creative burgers with their own personal flare. If you have never tried this spice in a Burger, give it a whirl. It has quite a bite, but with the right combination of a unique condiment to tame it down, you will be in business.
There are several different recipes to make this spice, but two main ingredients are present in all varieties: Primento and Scotch bonnet pepper-which is hottest chili pepper there is. Most recipes include a mixture of the following elements: salt, pepper, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, garlic, thyme, or scallions. Check online for to find the recipe that is right for you. You can make it by hand, using a food processor, or you can buy it pre-made from the store or online. If you opt to make it by hand, please be aware that a little goes a long way.
The best way to make Jerk burgers is to create a marinade first. There are many websites that offer a range of Jerk burger recipes. Marinades vary, and can include anything from lime juice, soy sauce, ground ginger, onions, sugar, olive oil, white vinegar, orange juice, to dark rum.
If you make the seasoning by hand, be careful of the hot chilies. It is possible to get a skin rash from the spice. Always use gloves and try to avoid touching your face. If you get the chili in your eye, it will be far from pleasant.
If you are not a huge fan of spicy food, there are a variety of mayonnaise recipes to cool down a bit of the bite. One of the most popular mayo recipes is the orange-chipotle mayonnaise. This is actually very easy to make. It consist of mayo, orange juice, and canned chipotle chilies.
No matter if you are new to creating your own unique burgers, or to this Jamaican spice in general, you will have fun using this Caribbean style tang to create a diverse array of summer grilling cuisines. Once you have tried the spice with the burgers, use it on fish or pork. This seasoning is versatile and can be used with almost any grilling concept you can think of. Maybe you will become known for your unique Fabulous Jamaican jerk seasoning burgers.