Burgers are also the quintessential summer food. All American and perfect for outdoor eating, burgers offer versatility for the cook. Spread out all the fixings for everyone to build their own or go upmarket and make specialty recipes. This one is a favorite, pretty darn good burgers that fit the bill for a simple and satisfying meal. Spicy, saucey and sumptuous they can also take a starring role at parties, picnics and potlucks.
Burgers are comfort food extraordinaire. Tasteless burgers leave a bad taste in your mouth. Two ingredients make the best tasting burgers; good meat and just the right seasonings.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp Picante Passion
- 1 1/3 pounds ground beef sirloin, turkey, chicken or pork
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 cup diced white onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 slices pepper jack cheese
- 4 Sesame Seed buns
- 4 leaves lettuce
- 4 slices tomato
Preheat grill for medium-high heat. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and 1 tsp of Picante Passion. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the ground sirloin, yogurt, red pepper, onion, garlic, 1 tbsp Picante Passion, and Worcestershire sauce using your hands. Divide into 4 balls, and flatten into patties. Lightly oil the grilling surface, and place the patties on the grill. Cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until well done.
When cooking hamburgers, whether on the grill or frying, never 'smash' the hamburger. Most people believe that removes grease from the hamburger, but that is not so. The grease melts and cooks out of the burgers with the heat from cooking, so what you are actually 'smashing out' is the natural juices, which makes for a dry hamburger.
During the last 2 minutes, lay a slice of cheese on top of each patty. Spread the Picante Passion mayonnaise onto the insides of the buns. Put burgers in the buns, and top with lettuce and tomato to serve.
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