The Berliner Sandwich

July 23, 2010
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  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Amanda's "Radler" reminded me of a northern German beer, the Berliner Weisser, which sometimes is served with a shot of Waldmeister, a sweet woodruff flavored syrup for drinks. The drink is a lovely shade of green. I used to walk through the Grunewald in Berlin to a docked ship called the Alte Liebe and have lunch for one of these during a year I lived there. Alternatively, you could get a shot of raspberry instead. So I made one more foreign-inspired burger for dinner tonight, even though the classic American burgers seem to be our most beloved. It was a hunt to find the beer and syrup today, but they were both in town! Berliner Weisse Mit Schuß is the official name of the drink itself. I did add some to the beef before cooking. The burger is really delicious with fresh chives and the beer in the mix. The drink is perfect with this, too. My photos do not do this justice. —Sagegreen

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound mix of ground sirloin and chuck
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon Berliner Weisser beer
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced
  • olive oil for cooking
  • 20 tiny gherkins
  • 4 good rolls/Brötchen
  • 4 tablespoons whole grain dijon mustard
  • 16 ounces pomme frites
  • 4-8 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • green tomato pickles as garnish
  • 4 Berliner Weisser mit Schuss (4 beers of this type with Waldmeister shots to each)
  1. Add chives and 1 tablespoon Berliner Weisser beer to the ground beef and form patties.
  2. Add salt and pepper to both sides.
  3. Heat a heavy pan and add olive oil. Saute the onions.
  4. Sear the patties and cook until medium rare.
  5. Serve with mustard and onions on hard rolls with pomme frites and vinegar, gherkins, and green tomato pickles. Add a Berliner Weisse mit Schuss for the drink.
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14 Reviews

adamnsvetcooking January 17, 2011
Adam's birthday is coming up and he gets to pick what I make for his birthday dinner. This recipe is his birthday dinner choice :)
Sagegreen January 17, 2011
That is the best compliment ever! Happy Birthday to Adam!! Hope you will include the drink, too.
Sagegreen August 3, 2010
I just uploaded 3 new images of the Berliner Weisser served in the more typical globe styled glass, even including the straw in one of the photos...if anyone is interested.
adamnsvetcooking July 30, 2010
We made this for dinner today, the burger and the drink!!! Yummie :)
Sagegreen July 30, 2010
Thank you so much for letting me know! I really appreciate it when someone tries out a recipe and likes it. I am going to make this again on Monday!
dmanburger July 30, 2010
This looks fantastic !!
Sagegreen July 30, 2010
Thanks! But I confess this recipe is more about the drink!!! Then the burger follows. I do like the whole package though! It is about the experience.
Sagegreen July 27, 2010
This is worth the effort to make this recipe and the drink if you want to capture the experience!
omarston July 24, 2010
omg that just made me really hungry!
Sagegreen July 24, 2010
It tastes really good, too. Have it with the special drink!
Lizthechef July 23, 2010
My hat is off to you - there should be a prize every week for the cook most dedicated to a recipe. After watching your entries for several weeks, I am convinced you are the "real thing". Cook on!
Sagegreen July 23, 2010
That is really sweet! Thank you. I really love getting inspired by this site and sharing with everyone.
mrslarkin July 23, 2010
whoa..this sounds really good. The green stuff looks really interesting; will be looking for it! P.S. your photos look great!
Sagegreen July 23, 2010
Thanks! And thanks for looking at all the photos. The burger could no doubt be made with any good beer, but the drink is more particular! Check the section where Lambics are carried in your liquor store-that's where I found both the beer and the Waldmeister. Himbeer is the raspberry, but I think that is too sweet.