Smoky, Bold, Cincinnati Chili Burger: You Can Thank Us Later

by Pat Martin February 09, 2017

Spicy & Bold Cincinnati Chili Burder | Recipe | Wayward Gourmet

I swear, some of my best ideas come in the shower.

The trouble with “Shower Ideas” for me is that no matter how brilliant, how inspired, or how epic the concept might be, it is often abandoned there within the confines of the 3 walls + curtain.  “Shower Ideas” tend to slip away, out of my head and down the drain. And why, you might ask?

Nowhere to write anything down.

Now, most of the day I am thinking about food (shocker, I know.)  At breakfast I’m thinking about what I’ll have for lunch, at lunch I’m thinking about dinner, and at dinner I’m thinking about dessert.  It’s a vicious cycle, but it is who I am and I’ve embraced it.  The morning in question, I was lathering up with a new butter scented body bar I received in my stocking for Christmas (don't judge.)  Food scented body washes are problematic for me, because it takes my usual food frenzy and turns it into complete madness.  But on this morning?  This morning, inspiration struck.

I started thinking of Cincinnati Chili.  The smoky and sweet flavors that just feed the soul.  The problem?  I wanted all of the Cinci-Chili flavors, but I didn’t want to make a huge vat of chili.  What did I want? 

A burger.

I wanted a patty of perfectly spiced meat, grilled, and topped with a buttery bun.  I wanted sweet, savory, and simple Cincinnati Chili flavored burgers.  In a desperate effort to not forget this stroke of genius, I started repeating the following phrase out loud: “BRILLIANT SHOWER BURGER!  BRILLIANT SHOWER BURGER!  BRILLIANT SHOWER BURGER”

It worked, and this burger was born.

For now, I will sit in culinary bliss with my sweet, savory, and hearty burger masterpiece.  I shall eat this edible epiphany and bask in the glory of my shower induced genius, and lament the fact that so many other brilliant notions of mine have been rinsed out of my mind along with my shampoo.  Perhaps I should start to bring a dry erase marker into the shower with me to capture all my masterful musings?

...that’s a good idea.  I should write that down.


Smoky, Bold, Cincinnati Chili Burger

  • 1 lbs 85% ground beef (for burgers, we like
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1 small onion, finely grated
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbs Wayward Gourmet Steak Your Claim Spice Blend
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbs Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce



  1. Whisk egg and add all wet ingredients. Stir until combined.
  2. Add all dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until well blended.
  3. Gently work in ground beef, being careful not to over handle the meat.
  4. Grill and enjoy! Really, it is that easy.  Top it with a sharp cheddar cheese, or slather some sour cream on it, or even top it with some spicy salad mix.  Whatever you like to do with a burger?  Go for it.  This isn’t rocket surgery.

Let us know how it turned out, we love to see your creations on Instagram #WaywardGourmet and Twitter @WaywardGourmet. Send em to us and we'll post your deliciousness on our site. 

Pat Martin
Pat Martin


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