With Summer coming to an end I’m trying to get as much grilling in as possible before the cold winds of Winter hit. We are entertaining family this weekend so I decided on a classic, satisfy everyone burger. Who doesn’t like burgers, right?
There are two things you need for super juicy, flavorful grilled burgers: Fat and seasonings. For the best tasting burgers, choose ground meat with a higher fat content. For example, an 80/20 ground beef is perfect for grilling burgers anything other than that would produce a pretty dry burger.
On its own, ground beef doesn’t have much flavor, so it is important to add additional seasoning. For this recipe, a combination of sweet Italian pork sausage, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic and fresh rosemary are used to pack a lot of flavor into each bite. As an added bonus, the Worcestershire sauce and onion increase the juiciness of the burger without adding a lot of extra fat.
This recipe doesn’t specifically call for bacon, but Mr. R says it is a wonderful addition to the blue cheese and avocado! Score!
Tip: For best results, grill burgers over direct, high heat for 8-10 minutes. Actual cook time will depend on the thickness of your burgers and the desired degree of doneness. Add softer sliced cheese to the patties about 1 minute before they are done. For harder, chunkier cheese, such as crumbled blue cheese, move your burgers to indirect heat a couple minutes before they are finished. Then add the cheese and close the lid for 2-3 minutes until it has completely melted.
Let’s move on to that recipe, shall we?!
- 2 lbs. regular ground beef (80/20 preferably)
- 1 lb. sweet Italian pork sausage
- 3 T. Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ c. white onion, very finely minced or grated
- 4 cloves garlic, very finely minced or grated
- 3 T. fresh rosemary, stems removed and leaves finely minced
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Tomato slices
- Blue cheese
- Sliced avocado
- Clean grill grates and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Add all ingredients to a large glass bowl and combine thoroughly. Make sure both types of meat and all seasonings are completely incorporated throughout the mixture.
- Divide meat mixture into 8 equal parts and shape each part into ¾ inch thick patties. Place patties on a lined tray and use your thumb to create an indent in the middle to keep them from puffing up while cooking.
- Cook patties over direct, high heat on your grill for 8 – 10 minutes. Final cooking time will depend on desired level of doneness and how thick you make each patty.
- If topping with soft, sliced cheese, add slices about one minute before cooking is complete. If using a harder, chunky cheese, such as blue cheese, move burgers to indirect heat 2-3 minutes before they are done. Top with blue cheese and close lid to allow cheese to melt completely.
- Serve on toasted buns with lettuce, tomato, slices of avocado and bacon, if desired – or top with your favorite condiments, instead.
See you in the comments,