May long weekend is upon us, the sun is shining, tulips are poking through the felt-like-forever-frozen earth, seeds are going in the garden, and barbecues are being fired up. It’s Spring! It always feels like an eternity that we wait to shed our winter coats and get outside. And when it finally happens, we go hog wild. The Spring and Summer are so fleeting here in Calgary that we take every sunny opportunity to enjoy the beautiful produce and fresh fish, local meat, and poultry that the market has to offer.
Silver Sage Beef is a full service shop with a complete range of cuts available and an on-site butcher to meet customers’ custom requests. The cattle are raised naturally on wholesome prairie grass on the 100-year old Zentner family farm located south of Cypress Hills; free of all artificial hormones and antibiotics, you can be assured that the dry-aged beef is flavorful, tender, and knock-your-socks-off yummy…. perfect for BBQ season! Even we can’t resist firing up the barbecue or building the first campfire of the year, we bring you a simple, Albertan favorite: BBQ Burgers. And because the greenhouses are offering such beautiful produce these days, we’re going to pair it with a fresh and easy side salad with a homemade BBQ sauce vinaigrette.
6 Fresh-Made Beef Patties from Silver Sage Beef
6 Buns from Yum Bakery
Seasoned Pepper Blend from The Silk Road Spice Merchant
1 jar of Dill Pickles from MacFarlane’s
1 head of Butter Lettuce, 1 bag of Tomatoes (your choice of variety), mini cucumbers from Gull Valley Greenhouses
BBQ Vinaigrette Ingredients
1/4 cup BBQ Sauce from Big D’s (mild or spicy depending on your preference)
The juice of 2 Lemons (and zest from 1) from Souto Farms
1 tablespoon Nixon Honey from Innisfail Growers
1/4 cup Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
*This is where you can get creative! You like cheese on your burgers? Sure! Grab some cheese from Fresh DELIcious or Sylvan Star Cheese. Add bacon! Spragg’s Meat Shop have some killer delicious pork goodies.
Want to add more veggies to your salad? Why not?! Radishes, peppers, green beans, fresh herbs… if you like it, throw it in there. Good food is best when it isn’t too complicated; don’t overthink it. If you like it, use it. We guarantee you can find just what you’re craving in one stop at the market.
We’re big fans of homemade vinaigrette’s because they’re dead simple and delicious. Start by cutting all of the veggies up and tossing in a bowl with a bit of salt and pepper and set aside. In a mason jar, add all of the vinaigrette ingredients and give it a good shake. Pour about half onto the cut veggies and toss. Let people build their own salad by serving veggies with lettuce family-style.
The Silver Sage burgers are perfectly seasoned but we added a little pepper blend to kick it up a notch. These burgers are juicy, flavourful, and are in a league of their own. It would be a crying shame to slather BBQ sauce on them… Don’t you dare. We’re giving you a delicious homemade salad dressing to appease all you saucy burger lovers out there. Trust us.
Preheat a grill or cast-iron grill pan to high. Brush the burger with a little olive oil and season with the Silk Road pepper blend. Grill until slightly charred, turning once (10 minutes for medium-rare). Now, we’re going out on a limb and telling you to ignore what your mother taught you: do NOT squish the burger with a spatula! Let it be. If you want, add cheese for the last 2 minutes of grilling, close the lid to let it melt. You can also place the buns on the grill for 1 minute to toast if you’d like. Place the burgers onto the toasted buns, gather around a full table with family and friends, and enjoy!