Sunday, May 3, 2009

Pepper jack Mushroom Burgers

Who doesn't love a great hamburger? I love hamburgers and mine are just veggie burgers. Tonight for dinner we had a picnic, but when it started raining we had to move it to the house instead of at the park. Dallan (Ber's boyfriend) was in charge of hamburgers so I helped him make different hamburgers than just the normal old plain meat kind. These patties are nice because they have all your favorite toppings inside so you don't have to add them on after it's cooked.

Pepper jack Mushroom Burgers:

Fresh mushrooms
Pepper jack cheese
1 egg
Fresh garlic
Grill (steak) seasoning
Salt and pepper
half an onion

In a frying pan, saute your mushrooms in a mixture of olive oil and butter. Don't salt the mushrooms until they are almost finished. Salt draws out the water and if they are too wet it will take forever to brown them. When they are just about finished to your liking salt and pepper them.

In a separate bowl add hamburger. Grate in half an onion. This gives flavor and keeps the meat moist without having huge chunks of onion for someone to bite into. Add about a palm full or a little more of grill seasoning, lots of Tony's, salt and pepper, fresh garlic (as much or as little as you would like, minced or grated into the meat) and an egg. Mix well (your hands work the best! Your hands are the best kitchen tools you have). When the mushrooms are finished chop them up into smaller pieces and add to meat. Add lots of cheese (several handfuls depending on how many burgers you are making).

Mix well. Form a small patty about the size of a quarter and cook in a frying pan to test out your seasonings. If they are right and you don't need to add anything else, form into patties and grill!

I grill mine on low so that they don't burn.

I also make huge patches of this mix and form them into patties and freeze them. That way anytime Martin wants a good hamburger I can just pull it out of the freezer already made.

(If you are going to make large batches of these, I would invest in a hamburger press. That way the patties are all about the same size and will cook in the same amount of time.)

Formed uncooked patty

We had lots of people, so we had a lot of burgers. Yum!

This picture does not do these burgers justice, but it's all I have.

I had a southwest black bean patty, yum! One of these days I'm going to attempt my own recipe at those. I'll let you know how they turn out.

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