Monday, January 18, 2010

One of those burger days...

Something about a Sunday spent getting things done around the house just calls for an early dinner of burgers on the grill!  Served with some crispy potatoes and charred corn, it's a perfectly satisfying meal.

Since I always like to a little bit of originality, I made a quick-cooking tomato relish to replace ketchup and added some chili and lime to the butter to give the corn a kick! 

All-American Burgers


3 slices white bread
1/4 cup 2% milk
1 1/2 1bs beef mince
1 1b pork mince
1/2 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tsp parsley, chopped
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 eggs


1.  Remove crusts, tear bread, and toss in a bowl with the milk.  Let break soak up the milk as you combine the rest of the ingredients for the burgers.
2.  In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, onion, garlic, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and eggs.  Squeeze excess milk from bread and add to mixture.  Season with salt and pepper.  Thoroughly combine but do not overwork mixture.
3.  Form into patties of equal size and refrigerate until you are ready to grill. 
4.  Make sure your grill is prepared for cooking at high heat.  Brush patties with oil and grill on cooked as desired - approximately 4 minutes per side depending on size.  Add your favorite fixins and enjoy your juicy burger! 
While I generally like to make tomato relish using all fresh ingredients, vinegar, and sugar and slowly simmering down, I wanted a quick fix for an easy meal.  I used tomato sauce (ketchup) as a base to speed up the process and added some fresh ingredients to intensify the flavor.

Quick Tomato Relish


1 tbsp EVOO
1/2 onion chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bay leaf
1 chili, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
3/4 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


1.  Heat pan over medium heat.  Add oil and turn pan to coat.
2. Add onion, garlic, and bay leaf and cook for a few minutes until onion begins to become translucent.  Add chili, cook for 1 minute and add red bell pepper.  Once peppers have softened, add tomatoes.  Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer.
3. Cook until desired consistency and cool to room temperature. 

It's great on burgers, served with cold meats, or add a dollop to a casserole if you like!

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