Outdoor Burger

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Outdoor Burger from Recipe.com
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped green sweet pepper
1/4 cup catsup
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 pounds extra-lean ground beef
8 slices smoked or regular mozzarella cheese
Fresh basil leaves, sliced
8 3/4-inch-thick slices Italian bread, toasted, or whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted

Directions: Combine onion, bread crumbs, sweet pepper, catsup, horseradish, mustard, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add ground beef; mix well. Shape meat mixture into eight 3/4-inch-thick patties. Grill patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in side of patty registers 160 degrees F., turning once halfway through cooking. Top each burger with a slice of mozzarella during last 2 minutes of grilling. Remove from grill, sprinkle with basil. Serve on toasted Italian bread slices or whole wheat buns. Makes 8 servings.

Here's what I started with:

Here's how I did it:

#1 I chopped up the green pepper and onion.  I put them in a bowl with the bread crumbs, ketchup, horseradish and mustard.  I added the ground beef and mixed it altogether.

#2 I shaped it into a a ball and then scored it into 4 burgers.

#3 On the grill they went.

The Finished Product:


I was so frustrated with these burgers.  They were so moist and wet that they fell apart on the grill.  This is the only burger that I was able to take a finished picture of.

As far as taste, this burger reminded me of meatloaf with the breadcrumbs, ground beef, onions, peppers and ketchup.  It had a nice "homey" taste to it; however, as wet as it was when it was cooking, it was almost too dry when it came off.  For some reason, I kept thinking that it would taste good with pasta sauce on it-maybe it was the mozzarella cheese.

While the burger tasted good, the hassle of it falling apart would deter me from making it again unless I could figure out how to make it stay together, pehaps more bread crumbs.

Hope you enjoy!

**(2 Stars)--This dish wasn't very good . I don't know if we would be willing to try it again or not.


Chris said...

You read my mind. I was thinking it sounded more like meatloaf as I read the process. We've gotten back to a more basic burger and it's been good, but sometimes I like to get a little wild and try something like this. And of course, it doesn't always work out:)

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