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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Building A Better Burger

Just when you thought that burgers can never change, someone comes along and decides to make it better. Now when I go into a local burger joint with any of my grandchildren, my mind begins to wander and quietly asks, “can you make a better burger?” My answer is YES! I can!
As a matter of fact, I managed to come up with four new ways of making a better burger and I would like to share them with you all.
Cuban Hamburgers
Topped with ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles, this is a great new recipe to try.
1 lb. Ground Chuck
4 Hamburger buns
8 Thin Slices of Swiss Cheese
8 Thin Slices of Ham
4 tbsp. Mayonnaise
1 tbsp. Spicy Mustard
Pressed Garlic
Salt & Pepper

Make 4 hamburger patties and add salt and pepper to your taste.  Place them on the grill. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, spicy mustard, pressed garlic, salt and pepper. Add the slices on Swiss cheese on the patties just before they’re done, to melt. Spread the sauce on the top of the bun.  Add the burger, and add one or two slices of ham and the pickles.  Lay a second slice of cheese on top before adding the top bun.
Wrap each burger in aluminum foil, and place back on the grill.  Leave on the grill, until the bread is crispy.
And Enjoy!

German Burger Recipe
1 lb. lean Ground Beef
1/2 medium Onion, minced
3 tbsp. fresh Parsley, minced
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1/8 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
2 tbsp. Flour
Butter (for frying, use about 1/4 stick at a time)
1 large Onion, thinly sliced into rings

In a bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, egg, salt, pepper, parsley, flour, and nutmeg.  Shape the mixture into patties. In a skillet, over medium-high heat, melt the butter.  Fry the patties to your taste, 10 to 12 minutes per burger. Remove the burgers and keep them warm.  Fry the onion rings until golden.  Place the burger on a bun and top it with the fried onion.
And Enjoy!

Greek Burger Recipe
1 lb. Lean Ground Beef
1/4c. Feta Cheese, crumbled
1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 tbsp. Red Onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. White Pepper
1 c. Plain Yogurt
1 tbsp. fresh Mint leaves, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh Dill Weed, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
Tomato, sliced
Cucumber, sliced thin
Pita Bread

Combine the ground beef, feta, oregano, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper.  Make sure to mix gently, and shape into 4 patties.  Then put the patties in the refrigerator. Combine the yogurt, mint, dill, salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl.  Refrigerate the sauce while grilling the burgers. Cook patties until thoroughly cooked, flipping once, for about 13 to 15 minutes.
Serve in the pita bread, with tomato, cucumber, and the yogurt sauce.
And Enjoy!

Jamaican Burger Recipe
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Olive Oil
1 1/2 c. Onion, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2/3 Habanero Pepper, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh Ginger Root, grated
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Ground Allspice
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1 1/2 c. cooked Black Beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 c. cooked Long-Grain White Rice
1 2/3 c. Dry Breadcrumbs
4 Hamburger Buns split

In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. of oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and onions and cook for a few minutes.  Add in the habanero pepper until it’s tender. Then remove from the heat and pour into a bowl.  Pour in the rice, beans, and breadcrumbs, and season with allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and salt and form into 4 patties.
Over medium-high heat, fry the patties for about 10 minutes, flipping once.
Serve on buns, with your favorite toppings.
And Enjoy!

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