A thick, juicy burger coated in ketchup with a kick of chilies.Gather Journal Burger with Spiced Ketchup
It’s the kind of love story only Quentin Tarantino could dream up. When Alabama, the call girl with the syrupy Southern drawl, meets Elvis-obsessed Clarence, it’s love. After stealing a bag of cocaine from her pimp (Gary Oldman with a glass eye and dreads), the ’90s-era Bonnie and Clyde skip town. Besides being quintessential road fare, the burger—ours is extra bloody and doused with spicy ketchup—happens to be Clarence’s favorite meal.
Ketchup: Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Cook chilies until lightly toasted and fragrant, 1 or 2 minutes per side being careful not to burn. When cool enough to handle, discard stems and tear chilies into small pieces.
Cook onion, celery, and garlic, with oil in a medium saucepan until softened and translucent, 10-15 minutes. Stir in chilies (with seeds), tomatoes, 1 cup of water, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Cool slightly.
Working in batches, purée tomato mixture in a food processor or blender, then strain through a fine sieve into the cleaned saucepan. Add the vinegar and sugar and simmer, stirring occasionally, until ketchup consistency, about 2 hours. Cool completely. Season to taste.
Burgers: Heat grill to medium-high. Form burger patties each with a small indentation in the middle. Sprinkle each side generously with salt and pepper. Grill burgers about 3-4 minutes on each side for medium. Toast buns just until charred, about 30 seconds. Serve burgers with add-ons and plenty of Spicy Ketchup.