The Gastromancer’s Guild - Burger Time

HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (7/31/13) - First off, I’m a geek, and I’m a foodie, that was born and raised in Paducah, KY.

I’ve had an affinity for video games ever since the first time a controller graced my hands when I was six. My love for cooking took hold the moment I held a knife, and I started my career in food at 14. I’ve spent serious time playing every make and model of video game out there, while working every position in various area kitchens. At 21, I enrolled at Louisville Kentucky’s Sullivan University College of Culinary Arts and graduated with my degree two years later. From there, I spent the next three years in kitchens around the Washington, DC area. I’ve now returned to Western Kentucky and am completing another degree at Murray State University in Nutrition and Exercise Science. In my spare time, I co-host a video game podcast called TADPOG (Tyler and Dave Play Old Games).

I’ve had a strong desire to share my love of food and its preparation with others, and am honored that the good people at Sugg Street Post are giving me an opportunity to blend all of my passions together. I now have a place to present them to the public in the form of The Gastromancer’s Guild.


The Gastromancer’s Guild

What is a common food most people in America grew up on that also has a video game about its construction? The burger and its video game, Burger Time, are the only examples I can think of where the two worlds cross. I recently had the displeasure of trying to play through Burger Time (it’s so extraordinarily difficult that it can drive you mad) and I would rather partake in the burger. So this week Gastromancers, let’s bust out some spells about one of America’s favorite foods.

Never heard of Burger Time? Here’s a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVTssi7FLd0

As always, sent any questions, comments or requests to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WEEK 28 – Burger Time Foods

Grilled Red Snapper Burger with Mango Ketchup (4 sandwiches) (Journeyman)

1 lb. fresh red snapper fillets
3 egg whites
1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. Thai fish sauce
2 tbsp. chopped green onions
1 tsp. fresh chopped dill
1 oz. fresh bread crumbs
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 loaf of French bread, quartered
1 oz. fresh spinach
4 tbsp. mango ketchup

mango ketchup recipe:
5 medium mangoes
3 tbsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh chopped ginger
1 dash of ground cinnamon
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 oz. granulated sugar
4 fl. oz. white wine
½ tsp. ground allspice
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 whole clove

For Ketchup – peel and put the mangoes. Puree the pulp in a food processor. Add all remaining ingredients and pulse together. In a heavy saucepan, cook the mixture over low heat for 1 hour until well reduced and thickened. Allow to cool. Strain and chill for 24 hours.

For Burger – Chop the red snapper by hand or with a food processor. Place the chopped snapper in a stainless steel bowl. Add the egg whites, salt, cayenne pepper, fish sauce, green onions, and dill. Mix well. Add enough bread crumbs to bind all the ingredients together. Form into four burgers ½ inch thick. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Heat a grill or broiler until very hot. Drizzle a little oil over the burgers just before cooking and place over heat for 1 ½ minutes on each side. Serve immediately on the French bread with spinach and mango ketchup.


California Burger – (1 sandwich) (Apprentice)

4-6 oz. ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1 whole wheat bun of your choice
2 oz. guacamole
1 oz. alfalfa sprouts
2 slices of ripe tomato
1 thin slice of red onion

Form the ground beef into a patty. Season the patty with salt and pepper. Broil or grill patty to desired doneness, turning once. While the patty is cooking, toast the bread if desired. Remove the patty from the heat source. Apply the guacamole, alfalfa sprouts, tomato, and onion. Construct the burger.


Lamb Burgers with Mint (6 burgers) (Apprentice)

1 lb. 12 oz. ground lamb
2 oz. bread crumbs
1 beaten egg
3 oz. minced onion
2 crushed garlic gloves
3 tbsp. fresh chopped mint
salt and pepper to taste
6 buns of your choice

Place the lamb in a bowl and mix in the bread crumbs, egg, onion, garlic, and mint. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Form the mixture into six patties. Grill or broil the patties until browned on both sides. Construct with desired toppings into a burger.


Tiers of Difficulty

Apprentice – At this level, very few ingredients and basic preparation are used. Recipes of this level are often components of other dishes.

Journeyman – This is where applications of heat and knife-work may start, but the steps are still few in number.

Mage – A fairly competent level of work is required as a Mage. Recipes of this level require a fair amount of skill, use teachings from the previous tiers, and increase in complexity while adding more techniques.

Alchemist – At this level, very complex single dishes are created that require several applications of numerous techniques, as well as multiple ingredients.

Gastromancer – This is the highest degree of difficulty. This may take the level of the Alchemist, but will be multiplied into several dishes.

Sugg Street Post
Written by Tyler Holland
Photo by Jeff Harp

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