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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cheesy Grilled Burger Recipe

* 1 egg
* 1/2 cup water
* 1-1/2 teaspoons instant beef bouillon granules
* 1/4 cup finely chopped onion, green onion
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, Romano or Asiago cheese
* 1 teaspoon dried basil or parsley, crushed
* 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 pound 86% lean ground beef
* 1 pound ground pork
* 8 onion buns, hamburger buns or kaiser rolls, split and toasted
* Mustard Sauce (recipe follows)
* Lettuce leaves (optional)
* Thin tomato slices (optional)
* Thin red onion slices (optional)
* Dill pickle spears (optional)


1. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine egg, water and bouillon granules. Stir in onion, cheese, basil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and black pepper. Add ground beef and pork. Using clean hands, gently combine the egg mixture and ground meats.(it is important to handle ground meat mixture as little as possible for a more tender, moist burger.)

2. Shape meat mixture into eight 3/4 inch thick patties, about 4 inches wide.

3. For a charcoal grill, grill patties on the greased rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until meat is done (an instant read thermometer inserted into burgers should register 160 degree F), turning once halfway through grilling.

For a gas grill, lightly grease the grill rack; preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.

4. Remove burgers from grill. Serve burgers on buns with Mustard Sauce. If you like, top burgers with lettuce, tomato and onion and serve with pickle spears. Makes 8 servings.

Mustard Sauce:
In a small bowl combine 1/3 cup stone ground mustard, 2 tbls apple juice, 1 tbs honey and 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Yield: 8 Burgers