Wait before you stop reading, yes watermelon can not only be grilled, but it turns into a delicious tasty burger.
Recently we saw some hype about the watermelon burger in a trendy New York restaurant and thought we would try it, so yesterday we bought a sugar baby watermelon, fired up the grill and prepared a tasty sauce of grilled orange juice, fennel and crushed garlic.
We expected the watermelon burger to be soggy and gross, but it was grilled and delicious. It’s amazing how the texture changes when the watermelon is grilled. Watermelon can be made into steaks, mock tuna and baked ham.
If you enjoy adventures in cuisine, give this one a try, you won’t be disappointed!
Grilled Watermelon Burger with Fennel and Goat Cheese
4 watermelon steaks, approx. 1 inch thick
4 ciabatta buns (or your favorite)
1 fennel, fronds diced
1 medium orange
2 large cloves garlic, diced
2 tbsp white vinegar
¼ tsp salt
cracked pepper to taste
Cut watermelon steaks to roughly the size of the bun, sprinkle lightly with salt and set aside.
In a bowl, combine finely diced fennel, zest from orange, garlic, vinegar and salt.
Cut orange in half, and rub orange flesh with a paper towel and olive oil. Grill face down for about 2 minutes, until grilled. Squeeze juice into bowl with fennel and other ingredients.
Wipe grill down with olive oil and grill watermelon steaks, approximately 4-5 minutes per side. Watermelon should have grill marks, dry out and caramelize.
Top with goat cheese, and grill for another minute to melt cheese.
Rub buns with olive oil and grill oil side down for a minute.
Serve with fennel mix on top and cracked pepper, to taste.