Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Garden Burger

Garden Burger

     It’s summer time here in the States and what says summer more than grilling out on the grill. Nothing goes better on the grill than a juicy burger. Whether it is BBQ, spicy, lathered in cheese, or just plain, something about that odor of grilled beef wafting through the air just screams summer.

     I have many different recipes for burgers. Some of which I have started showing and posting on here. Who doesn’t love a great burger? Something about them just says a mans meal. I can eat them anyway, whether all dolled up or just a plain piece of beef on a bun. It doesn’t matter to me. They’re great.

     This recipe was inspired by the first nice day that occurs just as summer is about to arrive. You know the one. That day you are itching to go outside, fire up that grill, and hit the garden. Well most of the ingredients in this burger are inspired by just that. A combination of grilled beef with some fresh herbs and produce that remind you of that end of spring beginning of summer day. Please enjoy my Garden Burger.

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbs special seasoning
  • Onion buns
  • Mayo
  • Dill
  • Black olives
  • Red peppers
  • Arugula
  • Smoked mozzarella or Gouda
     My mother taught me a very simple way to make a delicious burger. She never added any egg, no onion, any spices, just simple beef, salt, and pepper. She would press them out with the back of a plate and that was it. Hers always seemed very uniform and so juicy that it was amazing how simple they were.  I decided this time around to just try her simple way of making burgers.  I added my own special seasoning, which I am not going to be giving away at this time. Use any spices you feel will help flavor the meat. Combine the ground beef and seasoning together. Pull out about five equal size balls of the beef mixture. In between two slices of wax paper place the beef patty and gently press down with the backside of a plate. The mixture makes about 5 burger patties. I like to take my thumb and press a little hole into the center of the patties so that when they cook up they do not shrink.  As you are cooking the patties you can take the slices of mozzarella or Gouda and lay on top of each patty to melt.

     Now take a bit of mayo, the dill, and diced up black olives, and diced peppers and combine in a bowl. Take your onion buns and gently grill them. Spread some of the mayo mixture on one side. Lay down some fresh arugula as well. Remove your patty from the grill and position on your buns. There you go! A wonderful garden style burger with all the fresh ingredients and juiciness from the beef. This is definitely a crowd pleasure and people who are even afraid of some of the ingredients will definitely fall in love with this one.