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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ju[i]cy Lucy Burger

Another recipe I found on pinterest... These were pretty good, alought I like my patties thinner and with a tad more flavoring. I think next time I make them I will use less meat per ball (making 5 smaller bugers instead of 4 large burgers) and I will use some extra seasonings... maybe montreal steak seasonings and extra Worcestershire sauce. I will also top mine with freshly diced jalapenos:)  The hubby and kids really liked them so I'll make them again like this. We served with baked beans, sauteed onions for topping the burger, and sweet potato fries. 

Here is the link of where the recipe came from. They have great step by step pictures of assembling the burgers to look at. 

Ingredients (makes 4 LARGE burgers) (1/2 burger was enough for the kids when served with sides.)

  • 2 pounds Ground Beef (80% preferred), chilled
  • 3 oz Frozen Spinach, frozen and crumbled
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 4 oz. Cheese (American or Fontina, or whatever you like), cut to roughly 1″ squares.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Your favorite burger toppings
  • 1 onion (sweet or red) Saute in a little butter on the stove top  (optional)
1. Preheat grill to high

2. Thoroughly combine beef, spinach, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. If the meat starts to warm up (from your hands) put it back in the fridge, you need to keep it chilled. Measure out 4 oz balls of beef mixture.

3. Roll into a ball then flatten into a thin patty on top of wax paper, about 1/4″ high and roughly 5″ in diameter. On half of the patties place 1 oz of cheese.

4. On to each cheese-topped patty, flip a second patty to cover the cheese. Pinch the edges together forming a swell in the middle. Re-cover with wax paper and refrigerate at least 10 minutes.

5. Grill chilled patties five minutes on first side, then flip, grill another two minutes. Serve on your favorite bun with sauteed onions and your favorite fixings (I used ketchup, mustard, sauteed onion and pickles.)

This was 4 oz of meat, flattened out  
Top with cheese
Top with another flattened 4 oz patty

Grill. Make sure you wait till edges start cooking through before you flip so they don't fall apart. For some reason I had a bit extra meat so I made a single smaller patty with no cheese in the middle as well. 

Had to add a Blue Moon so I could add an orange and make this a well rounded meal:)

Served with ketchup, mustard, sauteed onions and pickles on a bun. Sweet potato fries and baked beans on the side.

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