The mouth watering char – grilled aroma of burgers and hot dogs perfumed the air. Beckoning, eat me, I need to get inside your belly, to heck with that diet and cheat. Let’s just say I have a weakness for the grilled fragrances and flavors that are associated with Memorial Day and summertime.
There’s nothing like the warm sun beaming on your face while sipping on an iced tea or a beer that freezes your brain. The mindless chatter of friends and family as they catch up and the laughter of children as they run around carefree. Grilled steak and lobster or shrimp and scallops. Potato salad, pickles, grilled corn on the cob dripping with butter and grilled asparagus with some grilled chicken breasts, or how about some grilled hot dogs and sausage? Oh and last, but certainly not least, the all American grilled cheesy beef burger. It can be an amazing experience as you close your eyes and totally concentrate on the act of eating it. Nothing else matters. This is the power of a truly delicious burger, it will place you in that comfort zone.
In dedication to comfort foods of the world, here is a recipe for one of my top favorite indulgences. The juicy cheddar stuffed burger. Infused with the goodness of fine cheddar, the flavor of the cheese blends in with the meat creating an absolute chemistry. Of course the concept of a cheddar stuffed burger is not new, I just put my own unique twist into this recipe.
Note: There is only one temperature to eat this burger and that is medium well, any rarer and the burger will probably fall apart.
- 2 lbs of ground sirloin (or beef chuck)
- 3 tbsp of ketchup
- 3 tbsp of steak sauce
- 2 tbsp of Tabasco
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1 tsp of minced garlic
- 2 beefsteak tomatoes
- Sliced white mushrooms
- Grated white cheddar cheese
- Spinach leaves or mixed greens, (the greener, the better)
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- Splash of light Italian dressing or balsamic vinegar
- Spicy mustard
- Whole wheat burger buns
Take the two pounds of ground sirloin and spice it up with the steak sauce, ketchup, Tabasco, minced garlic, salt & pepper. Then add the finely chopped onion. Incorporate the spices into the meat. Its better to set it aside in the fridge for at least 3 hrs, because it will give it time for the flavors to marry. Then form two patties (thin, but not overly so) Take the grated white cheddar and place it on top of one of the patties. In fact, you can push the cheese (as much as possible) into the meat but be delicate. Then take the other patty and place it on top of the patty covered with the shredded cheese. Press the outer edges together so they blend to form one big patty. Repeat. 2lbs of beef will yield about six patties.
PS: Toast or grill the buns, saute the mushrooms, stack the burger with the sliced tomato and dark greens, splash it with dressing, then add the spicy mustard & more ketchup, Voila! The flavor and texture is indescribable, you just need to taste it. This is a burger that will bite you back. ;D
PSS: For added pizzazz to each bite, incorporate genuine finely chopped bacon into the beef along with the finely chopped onions and other spices. Really amazing.