Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Spiced-Up California Burgers
By the time summer rolls around, all I want to do is grill, grill, grills. For reals! There is just something about that smoky, fresh, grill taste. It makes everything taste better. Food + Grill = Happiness for the Tastebuds and Drooling from the Neighbors. Just the smell of someone grilling, makes me want to invite myself to their house. I love it. Since we are BARELY rolling into summer in the Pacific NW (Depressing, I know. How's a Vegas girl supposed to live with no SUN?), we are finally trying out some new recipes. These burgers are fabulous! A perfect way to start our grillin' season. For dessert with this, you have to try this Grilled Pineapple. It is to die for or at least worth donating your liver for.
Spice-Up California Burgers
1 lb. lean ground beef
5 medium green onions, sliced (1/3 cup)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
4 slices pepper Jack cheese
4 hamburger buns
4 leaves romaine lettuce
4 slices tomato
1/2 cup French-fried onions
1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. In large bowl, mix beef, green onions, salt and pepper. Shape mixture into 4 patties, about 1/2 inch thick.
2. Place patties on grill over medium-high heat. Cover grill; cook 8 to 12 minutes, turning once, until meat thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 160 degrees F. Top each burger with 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce and 1 slice cheese. Cover grill; cook about 30 seconds longer or until cheese begins to melt.
3. Remove burgers from grill; cover to keep warm. Place buns, cut sides down on, on grill. Cover grill; cook about 1 minute or until golden brown.
4. On bun bottoms, layer lettuce and tomato. Top with burgers and French-fried onions. Cover with bun tops.
Recipe Source: Betty Crocker's "Best Meal in Minutes"
Linked to: Full Plate Thursday, Friday Potluck