Back during my college days at Alfred University I spent long hours in the art studios- usually covered in charcoal, paint or clay. Being a typical fine arts major I'd work until I was starving- and then in my messy garb head to main street on my way home to the Jet, Terra-cotta or a Japanese place to get some food! The Jet was the favorite spot- there was no place better to get cheap delicious diner food in the area. My favorite thing to order was the Burger Club Sandwich. Never before college had I heard of this sandwich.. and it quickly become a weekly indulgence.
Since graduating in 2007 so much has changed in my life. I haven't since picked up a paintbrush, or pencil to sketch..and I have not had a single burger club sandwich. It was shortly as my graduation that my health issues began to show up at which point of course I gave up gluten forever. Not only that- but with a growing level of bad health I became a bit of an anti-social hermit and lost connection with not only friends of the present but those from the past. It was just too hard to go out in public while in pain from having daily autoimmune attacks, watching others eat and drink the things I missed.
Its funny the way life can be- you know you are doing the right career when it has a way of connecting you back with people from all phases of your life that you once cared for. Not only has this site been a journey of my own improved health, and provided me with a job that gave me endless amounts of purpose- It has managed to put me back in touch with so many people. It blows my mind when I come across a childhood friend that I haven't seen in 15+ making one of my recipes and sharing the photos. Just the other day a woman that I looked up to enormously when I was 6-7 years old- was sharing photos of my recipes on instigram that she had made.
The past month unintentionally I found myself reconnecting with a number of meaningful people from my college days.. and ironically this Burger Club Waffle Sandwich recipe was born. For me- memories of food and people always go hand in hand.
Fact: Crispy toasted waffles taste insanely good used as bread for all burgers and sandwiches. Better than bread. And..waffles can be made extremely allergen friendly and are a heck of a lot easier to make than bread.
Last week I created 3 basic waffle recipes that should work for just about anyone. Using one of these recipes- you can make a killer Burger club sandwich. All three recipes have been getting rave reviews. Select the one that best works for you- and or feel free to use store bought waffles for this recipe.
- Waffle recipe of choice.
- Sliced Tomato
- Mayo (I use egg free mayo!)
- Make your waffle of choice. (depending on the thickness of your waffle iron- each waffle recipe makes between 4-10 waffles- If you are planning to use the full batch of waffles for sandwiches you will need anywhere from 2-4 burger patties.
- Set waffles aside- and make your burgers. Place burger patties in a smoking hot skillet, cover and cook each patty for 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked to preference.
- If using store bought waffles (or if using one of my waffles that you have frozen) Throw the waffle into the toaster once to thaw. If using fresh made waffles toaster step can be skipped. Place the (pre-toasted) or freshly cooked waffle into a skillet with a little butter or oil of choice and give the waffle a second toasting so that it gets extra crispy.
- Assemble your sandwiches- using the Burger, Lettuce Tomato and Mayo!
PS. I'm hosting a fun Waffle Challenge on Facebook and Instigram. All you need to do is to create a fun sandwich or other recipe of choice using one of my waffle recipes as the base- and then post the photo on Facebook/instigram and tag me. I'm giving away prizes for the best Photo and Best Recipe idea! Read here for more fun details.