Friday, June 15, 2012


Hamburger with cheese and grilled onions

My husband loves hamburgers.  I've managed to get him to eat (and even enjoy) turkey burgers, but he still prefers burgers made from beef.  Sadly for him, I haven't bought beef (of any kind) for quite some time, due to the price.  However, I checked for clearance meat when I was at the grocery store this week and low-and-behold, there was 90% lean ground sirloin on clearance for 50% off.  The original price was over $7/lb, but they were on sale for $3.70-something/lb.  Pair that with the 50% clearance discount and it's a great deal!  When I told him we were having burgers, he was so thrilled that they were beef!

1 lb ground beef
1 slice of bread, crust removed (I used whole wheat)
2-3 Tbsp milk
1 egg yolk
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste

Place bread in a bowl.  Pour just enough milk over it to saturate the bread, but not more than the bread can absorb.  Let sit for 10 minutes.

You want your bread to be nice and soggy so you don't end up with chunks of bread in your burgers!

Preheat grill to medium-high or high heat.

In a large bowl, combine beef, soggy bread, yolk, worcestershire, cayenne, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well.  The best way to mix it is with your hands!  Just be sure to wash your hands really well with warm/hot water and soap before touching anything else!  Form into 4 patties.  When forming patties, make them a bit larger (in diameter) than want them to end up.  They will shrink when they're cooked.  Also, make them thinner in the center than around the edges.  Sprinkle each side of all burgers with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and garlic powder. Grill for approximately 5 minutes per side, or until burgers are cooked through.  If you want a cheeseburger, add cheese during last couple minutes of grilling.

For an extra yummy burger, slice onions into discs (don't separate the rings).  Drizzle with vegetable oil and place on grill with burgers (but don't place the onions directly over the heat).  Instead of using raw onions on burgers, use the grilled ones!

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