Shameless Inaugural Tie-in: Obamaburgers

Inauguration Day was Tuesday and with it the world, particularly the blog world, was predictably awash in Obamania. Witness: a very impressive Obama pizza. And what Inauguration party would be complete without the Baracktail? My humble (and not very timely) addition? Obamaburgers!

“Obamaburger” is actually a poor choice of name since these burgers don’t have any connection to Obama specifically. They were just patriotic hamburgers in honor of Inauguration Day. But if they weren’t called Obamaburgers, it wouldn’t be a shameless tie-in.


For two burgers:

  • Two buns (I used potato-rosemary rolls)
  • Butter
  • 2/3# Ground Bison, made into two patties
  • Blue Cheese (Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue)
  • Mixed greens
  • 3 T Buttermilk
  • 3 T Yogurt
  • 2 T Mayo
  • 2 t Champagne Vinegar
  • 1/4 t sugar
  • 1/8 t garlic powder
  • salt and peppa

Assembly is pretty straightforward (these are burgers). Mash a 1/2 c of blue cheese with the buttermilk until they are pretty well mixed and then stir in the ingredients that follow, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper (that means a lot of fresh-cracked black pepper). You now have blue cheese dressing. Spread some butter on the (split) buns and broil them to desired burnedness. Take down your smoke alarm* and get a cast iron pan really, really hot. Introduce the bison flesh to the metal and allow them to mingle for a minute and a half, then flip. Crumble on some blue cheese and cook another 90 seconds. Then the burgers go on the buns, the blue cheese dressing goes over the burgers, the lettuce goes on top, and then the other half of the bun. Put your smoke alarm back.

And now the part where I explain through the highly tenuous connections to Inauguration Day! First of all, the meat is bison, and there’s nothing more patriotic than eating native species. You might say the potato-rosemary roll is a tribute to two very important waves of immigration that shaped who we are as a nation, those being Irish and Italian (and, in so doing, completely ignore every other group). Finally, we have the colors of the American flag: blue from the blue cheese, white from the creamy dressing, and, as for red:


Yeah, that’s the best I’ve got. See you in ’16!

*I assume no responsibility for any injuries or deaths caused due to smoke inhalation, fire, or other damages related to following the instructions in this recipe.


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5 comments on “Shameless Inaugural Tie-in: Obamaburgers”

  1. Cassie 24 January, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    My mouth is watering, when can I come over for dinner?

  2. Martha 24 January, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    So now it’s really time for me to get that inauguration day post up…

    Please know I am most amused! There’s no better thing to do on the bus.

  3. Cat 25 January, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Hi, fellow Minneapolitans! Re: your question to Wendy about the pommes frîtes, we went to 112 Eatery Saturday (I live a block from it) and with all respect, those p.f.s are even better than Barbette’s! (Those are my 2nd choice, though.) Think Spring!

  4. Martha 25 January, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I can’t wait to try their (112’s) burgers… we’ve only been for fancier fare.

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