Original Lauer-Kraut Burgers
- Burger Filling:
- 1 3/4 pounds 80/20 ground chuck
- 1 1/2 yellow onions, chopped 1/4-inch
- 2 teaspoons restaurant-grind black pepper, divided
- 1 medium head green cabbage, chopped 1/4-inch
- 1/2 cup Lauer Kraut (substitute bagged kraut, not canned)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Lauer-Kraut Burger Bread Dough Mix:
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3/4 cup powdered milk
- 8 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
For the burger filling: Begin by browning the ground chuck in a large skillet over medium heat, crumbling the meat pretty finely as it browns. Once the chuck is browned, add the chopped onions and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cook the onion down a little, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chopped cabbage, sour kraut, salt and the remaining1 teaspoon pepper. Let the mixture cook 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how done you like the cabbage. Strain and let cool.
For the dough: Put the yeast and sugar in a 4 cup measuring cup and add warm water to the 1 cup mark. Stir together and let set until the yeast rises to twice its original size. Put the powdered milk in another 4 cup measuring cup and add water to the 2 cup mark. Stir together. In large mixing bowl, add the flour, salt and shortening. Cut the shortening into the flour by hand. Next, make a well in the flour and add the eggs, yeast mixture and the powdered milk mixture to the flour. Work together until it all comes away from the bowl (you may need a touch more flour or water). Oil the dough slightly on each side, cover and then let rise 10 minutes. Pinch and let rise another 15 minutes.
To assemble the Lauer-Kraut burgers: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put bench flour on the table and put the dough on the flour. Begin to roll the dough as close to a rectangle as you can, roughly 24 by 30 inches. Once the dough is rolled out, cut the dough into squares, roughly 6 by 6 inches. Take a square of dough and roll it out a little bigger, roughly 8 by 8 inches. Turn the re-rolled square over and add a full cup of filling mixture into the middle of the dough. Bring the opposite corners of the square together, and then bring the other 2 opposite corners together. You should have all 4 corners drawn together. Then pinch down the 4 seams of the dough. Once you pinch all the seams, push down slightly on the kraut burger. This will release extra air and help you find any place you missed sealing the kraut burger. Turn the sealed pocket over and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
Recipe courtesy Mama Lori Lauer "The Boss" at Lauer-Krauts, Brighton, CO.