Recipe: Branson’s Famous Mimi Burgers

Branson is known for down home cookin’ that will stick to your ribs and satisfy any appetite. Simple and pleasing, the no fuss food of the Ozarks is something to write home about.

Danna’s barbecue is homemade, local and delicious. They feature old fashioned cooking with local ingredients, slow cooked over hickory wood every night. The famous Mimi Burger features candied jalapenos made by Danna’s mom. Let’s explore this famous recipe that will give an extra kick to your backyard burger.

Recipe- Mimi Burger on Left

Our take on the famous Mimi Burger at Danna’s Barbecue and Burger Shop, with three locations serving Branson:

The star of the show here is the candied jalapenos, which you can either buy or make your own a week ahead of time with this easy recipe. It is recommended you wear gloves while handling jalapenos, they are hot and will irritate sensitive skin!

Start with:

2 cups white granulated sugar. 1/2 cup water. 2/3 cup distilled vinegar. 3/4 pounds fresh green jalapeños, washed thoroughly. You’ll also need a clean 12-ounce mason jar.

Cut the top stems off the peppers and slice into 1/8 inch rings. Cook the water, sugar and vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat until it boils, then stir the sugar until it dissolves.

The next part brings with it a word of caution- you’ll have to add the peppers to the boiling hot syrup, but be careful, when they enter the pot, spicy capsacin will be released into the air. Don’t hover over the stove, and turn on the exhaust fan.

Return to boil and wait 20 seconds to pasteurize the peppers, then move them into the jar with a slotted spoon. Pack them in tight and add the syrup. Get all the air out by poking around with a fork, tighten the lid, and refrigerate. After a week, the syrup will be in the peppers, and they’ll be ready as a burger topping.

For the burger, start with a fresh hand formed half pound ground beef patty, with your favorite fresh bun. Make an indentation in the patty with your thumb, season both sides with salt and pepper, then preheat the grill on medium high heat.

Cook the burger indentation side up for about 5 minutes, then flip and cook for about three more minutes.

Top with your candied jalapenos, melted blue cheese, crisp lettuce and fresh tomato, and you’ve got yourself a nice copy of a Mimi Burger.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .


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