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The Oregon Trail Burger

From the eastern High Plain Desert traveling westward along the mighty Columbia River, turning south over majestic Mt. Hood and the Cascade Range, following west across the farm dotted Willamette Valley, reaching farther west still to the rugged Pacific Northwest Coast — the Oregon Trail Burger was inspired by the richness of Oregon’s own bounty. Caramelized Walla Walla sweet onions and sauted native Oregon mushrooms top a half-pound, one-inch thick juicy sirloin/chuck steak burger seasoned to perfection. Finished with a dollop of the sour cream and blue cheese mixture and a handful of mixed field greens, this incredible Northwest inspired burger is crowned with a warm Kaiser roll spread with fresh horseradish sauce to finishit off with just the right amount of kick. Lewis and Clark would have been very proud.


1 lb. ground sirloin
1 lb. ground chuck
1/4 c. fresh basil, chopped
1/4 c. fresh curly parsley, chopped
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Fleur De Sel (artisan sea salt)
2 tbsp. fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 c. sour cream, divided into two 1/4 c. measurements
1/4 c. blue cheese, crumbled
1 tbsp. fresh horseradish, finey grated
1 medium Walla Walla sweet onion, sliced
8 oz. mixed wild Oregon mushrooms (Matsutake, Golden and Yellow Chanterelle), sliced
3 tbsp. olive oil
8 oz. freshly washed mixed field greens
4 fresh Kaiser rolls, sliced in half


Step 1: Preheat grill to Medium-High or 450°F. Step 2: Prepare basil, curly parsley, garlic clove, mushrooms, onions, blue cheese, and horseradish as indicated in ingredients list and set aside. Step 3: In a large mixing bowl combine ground sirloin, ground chuck, basil, parsley, garlic, 1 tspn. salt and 2 tspn. pepper. Mix well with a fork, taking care not to overwork the meat while evenly incorporating all the ingredients. Step 4: Divide meat mixture into four equal parts and form into 1” patties about 5” across. Season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside. Step 5: In a small mixing bowl combine 1/4 c. sour cream, blue cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly and set aside. Step 6: In a small mixing bowl combine remaining 1/4 c. sour cream, grated horseradish, salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly and set aside. Step 7: Heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet (directly on top of the grill or side burner if so equipped set to Medium-High heat.) Add sliced onions to the skillet. Saute’ slowly for 20-30 minutes or until onions are caramelized. Remove onions from skillet, cover with aluminum foil to keep warm, and set aside. Step 8: Return skillet to the grill, heat remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil and add sliced mushrooms to the skillet. Saute’ slowly for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Remove mushrooms from skillet, cover with aluminum foil to keep warm, and set aside. Step 9: Place meat patties directly on preheated grill and close lid. Grill for 3-5 minutes then flip once with a spatula and continue to grill for another 3-5 minutes until cooked medium-well. Remove burgers from the grill and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Step 10: Set the heat on the grill to Low and place the Kaiser rolls face down with the lid open to get them just warmed up a bit, but not toasted. Step 11: Assembling The Oregon Trail Burger: Spread 1 tbsp. of the horseradish sauce on each the bottom and top Kaiser roll halves. Center a burger on the bottom Kaiser roll. Top the burger with a 1/4 serving each of the caramelized onions, sauted mushrooms, sour cream and blue cheese mixture, and a small handful of mixed field greens. Crown the burger with the top Kaiser roll. Voilà! The Oregon Trail Burger!


The Oregon Trail Burger celebrates Oregon’s rich pioneer history as well as its modern present day diversity by using regional Northwest ingredients. Keeping in step with the Made in Oregon theme, compliment your Oregon Trail Burger with a generous pile of your favorite Kettle™ Brand potato chips and a cold pint of Widmer Brothers™ Hefeweizen with a lemon wedge — and enjoy the ultimate Northwest summertime backyard grillin’ cuisine! * Also goes well with Sutter Home White Merlot (a little plug for the sponsor never hurts!)