Hard Rock Cafe is celebrating Oktoberfest with a Germany-inspired burger, the Samuel Adams Octoberfest Schnitzel Burger.
Available September through October 31st, it has German flavor accents: schnitzel (breaded pork cutlets) instead of beef patties, sauerkraut, whole grain mustard and beer-accented cheese sauce, all on a pretzel bun.
The Oktoberfest burger is similar to the Schnitzel Local Legendary Burger served year-round at Hard Rock Cafe locations in Germany. Here’s more about schnitzel.
The Oktoberfest Burger is served with a side of seasoned fries and a Samuel Adams Octoberfest beer.
What’s an Oktoberfest beer?
Oktoberfest Beer, or Märzen, is a smooth and malty amber lager with an ABV* of 6% or higher. See our Beer Glossary for the different types of beer.
RECIPE: SCHNITZEL BURGER
Ingredients Per Burger
1. PREPARE the schnitzel (recipe—substitute pork cutlets for the veal) and toast the buns.
2. LAYER atop the bottom bun: mustard, arugula, schnitzel, cheese sauce, sauerkraut, schnitzel, cheese sauce, sauerkraut, bacon, mustard. Fasten with a toothpick if needed.
RECIPE: BEER CHEESE SAUCE
Cheese sauce can be used on everything from breakfast eggs to dinner grains, potatoes, rice and veggies. This recipe is adapted from on TheBeeroness.com, a great resource for cooking with beer.
Make cheese sauce with freshly-grated cheese. Photo courtesy Azteca-Foods.Europe.com.
1. COMBINE all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Process on high until very well blended, about 5-8 minutes.
2. EMPTY the contents into a saucepan and cook over medium high heat. Whisk rapidly and continuously until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper as desired; for an extra kick use the cayenne or chili flakes. For a perfectly smooth sauce, use an immersion blender as necessary.
3. SERVE warm.
†Do not use pre-shredded cheese.