This week, the seasons officially changed and we reached our favorite time of year; Autumn. One of the best parts of this season is the addition of new Fall food items at the Walt Disney World Resort. From pumpkin spice goodies to not so scary treats, the parks are filled with unique food items for you to sample.
Unfortunately, not all of us can make it out to the place “Where Dreams Come True” this year. But, not to worry. We’re bringing another specialty Disney Dish to you. So, you can have a little taste of Autumn in the parks in your home. It’s our copy-cat recipe for the Mickey Monster Mash Burger from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafè.
Let’s get our monster on!
The components for our Mickey Monster Mash Burger from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafè are, mostly, very traditional for a cheeseburger recipe. You’ve got your Ground Beef, Hamburger Buns, Cheese, Lettuce and Tomato.
Pretty standard, right?
Where this recipe differs is the addition of Potato Barrels (Tater Tots) and Sriracha Aioli.
Now, I could create homemade Tots for this burger, but it really isn’t necessary. A frozen bag will work just fine for this dish.
As for the Aioli, I’ll confess to you right off the bat that we’re making a “cheater’s” Aioli. That means we’ll be using Mayonnaise instead of whipping together Egg Yolks, Oil and a couple of other ingredients. I do this because it’s a bit safer than using Raw Eggs.
Well…okay…you got me.
I’m mostly doing this because I’m too lazy to do all the whipping it takes to get it to come together. If you’d prefer to make it all by scratch, just let me know. I’ll be happy to give you a Traditional Aioli recipe.
I have one more note about the ingredients you see above. You may notice I’m using Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns and Ground Bison. These are personal choices I’ve made. You don’t need to follow suit, however. I just tend to make slightly healthier choices, if I can. I know that sounds silly for a burger with Bacon, Cheese, Potato Barrels and a Mayonnaise based sauce.
But, just humor me, okay!
Let’s get cooking!
The Sriracha Aioli
Like I’ve already said, this is very much a “cheater’s” aioli. That means it’s pretty simple to put together. Simply add the Mayonnaise, Minced Garlic, Fresh Lime Juice, Sriracha, and Salt to a small bowl. Whip together, using a Wire Whisk until well combined. Taste and adjust the seasoning with Salt and/or Sriracha. Store in a squeeze bottle or other air-tight container until ready to use.
Next, you’ll want to get your Bacon cooked. You can do this in whatever way you prefer. When I’m doing a lot of slices, like with this recipe, I prefer to do mine in the oven. I just feel it ensures the Bacon will keep its shape better and requires less “hands on” effort.
What I do is preheat my oven to 400ºF. I then lay all the Bacon Slices on a Sheet Pan with Parchment Paper. (For this recipe, I’ve cut the slices in half so they fit better on the Burger). Place in the oven and cook at 400ºF for about 15 minutes or until the slices reach your desired amount of doneness. Reserve until ready to serve.
For our Burgers, I use a blend of ingredients that I use most of the time. Note, if you prefer Turkey Burgers or, even, some of the Plant-Based options available to you now, this mixture will work equally well.
Add the Ground Beef, Granulated Garlic, Granulated Onion, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt and Pepper to a medium-sized bowl. Using your hands, mix all of the ingredients until they just come together. Try not to over-mix the meat as it can dry out and become a little on the tough side.
Portion out the mixed Burger meat into your desired amount of portions and form into patties, like in the photo above. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes then cook in whatever way you prefer.
As you can see from the picture above, I prefer to cook my Mickey Monster Mash Burger Patties on the grill. Whether you do yours on the grill or in a pan, be sure they are well heated before adding the meat. Then cook for approximately 5 minutes per side or until it reaches your desired amount of doneness. Be sure to add the Muenster Cheese right at the end so it will melt slightly then remove from the cooking surface and let rest for about 5 minutes.
The Potato Barrels (Tater Tots)
Like I’ve already said, I’m not making these from scratch. So, we’re just following the package directions and timing them so they’re cooked, crispy and ready to go as soon as the Burgers are done.
I’m not going to lie to you and tell you this Mickey Monster Mash Burger is an easy one to assemble. This is due, almost entirely, to the Potato Barrels. Obviously, they’re round. That means they’re going to want to roll right off the top of the Burger. The melted Cheese and Sriacha Aioli help a little bit but it’s still not an easy process. So, just be prepared for that.
Now that you know that, let’s get assembling. Begin by placing the Lettuce and one or two Tomato Slices directly on top of the bottom half of the Toasted Bun. Next, come the Bacon Slices. Then, add the Burger Patty and a handful of the Potato Barrels. Using a Squeeze Bottle, or a spoon, drizzle the Sriracha Aioli over the top of the Barrels and complete with the top half of the bun.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Our Mickey Monster Mash Burgers from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafè are terrifyingly sloppy but, also, down right delicious! The Burger is spiced perfectly and extremely meaty. It’s complemented excellently by the mild richness from the Muenster Cheese and the fresh, brightness of the Lettuce and Tomatoes. They all play very well with the savoriness of the crisp Bacon Slices.
If this was just a standard Bacon-Cheese Burger, you’d be in pretty good shape right here.
But this is a Disney Specialty Burger!
So, it should come as no surprise, though, that what makes this Burger amazing is the addition of the Potato Barrels and Sriracha Aiolia. The Tots add a wonderful earthiness, a fantastic hint of salt and a glorious, crispy texture addition. Meanwhile, the Aioli takes it to the next level with its richness and just that perfect hint of well-rounded Sriracha heat that ties the whole thing together.
You’ll definitely want to make this spectacular Disney themed Burger for your little monsters, this weekend! It’s scary good!
Just be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand!
Mickey Monster Mash Burger from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafè
Makes approximately 3 – 4 Servings
For the Sriracha Aioli
- 1 cup – Mayonnaise
- 2 cloves – Fresh Garlic – Finely Minced
- 1 tbls – Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 tbls – Sriracha
- ½ tsp – Salt
For the Burger Patties
- 1 lb – Ground Beef
- 2 tbls – Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tsp – Granulated Garlic
- 1 tsp – Granulated Onion
- ½ tsp – Pepper
- 1 tsp – Salt
- 3 – 4 slices – Muenster Cheese
For the Mickey Monster Mash Burgers
- 1 pkg – Potato Barrels (Tater Tots) – Cooked according to package instructions
- 3 – 4 – Hamburger Buns – Toasted
- 8 slices – Bacon – Cooked to desired crispness
- 2 – Tomatoes – Sliced
- 4 leaves – Iceberg Lettuce
For the Sriracha Aioli
- Add the Mayonnaise, Minced Garlic, Fresh Lime Juice, Sriracha and Salt to a small bowl and whisk until well combined
- Taste and adjust seasoning, as necessary, with Salt and/or Sriracha
- Store in a Squeeze Bottle or other air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve
For the Burger Patties
- Place the Ground Beef, Worcestershire Sauce, Granulated Garlic, Granulated Onion, Salt and Pepper in a medium-sized bowl
- Mix, by hand, until all of the ingredients just come together. Be careful not to over-mix
- Separate into desired amount of portions then form into equal sized patties
- Let rest for 10 minutes
- Place on a hot grill or pan and cook for approximately 5 minutes per side or until the Burgers reach your desired amount of doneness. Place a slice of Muenster Cheese on top near the end then remove from heat and allow to rest for about 5 minutes
- Serve hot
For the Mickey Monster Mash Burger
- Cook the Bacon Slices to your desired amount of crispness
- Cook the Potato Barrels (Tater Tots) according to package instructions
- Place a Lettuce Leaf, Tomato Slice(s) and Bacon Slices directly on top of the bottom half of the Toasted Hamburger Buns in that order
- Next, add the Cheeseburger Patties followed by the cooked Potato Barrels
- Drizzle the top of the Barrels with the Sriracha Aioli and place the upper half of the Toasted Hamburger Buns on top
- Serve immediately
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