Friday, September 14, 2012

Labor Day Burger

Labor Day celebrates the dedication of the American worker, but is also a time honored tradition. It’s a time to celebrate the last hot days of summer vacation and what better way than the ultimate summer cookout.  Burgers are a staple in most American diets, and America is such a melting pot there are tons of ways to make one. From veggie burgers to old fashioned char-grilled one, burgers are an ever changing food that everyone can enjoy. Here is a recipe for the absolute ultimate Labor Day burger. You can even switch the recipe up to tailor to your taste!

                                                      Ultimate Labor Day Burger

(Serves about 2)

  • 1 pound ground beef (or tofu burgers)
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese, or more to taste       
  • cooking spray
  • 2 slices Colby-Jack cheese (or cheese substitute)
  • 2 thin tomato slices
  • 2 slices avocado
  • 2 hamburger buns, split
  1. Mix ground beef, bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, black pepper in a bowl until thoroughly combined; divide meat mixture into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into a large patty, making them as thin as possible. Sprinkle shredded Colby-Jack cheese onto 2 of the patties, leaving an edge about 3/4 inch wide uncovered. Place second patty onto the cheese and press the edges of the patties together to create 2 cheese-stuffed burgers. Place stuffed patties into freezer to chill slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  3. Spray the grill grate with cooking spray and place burgers onto grill; turn heat to low, place lid over grill, and cook until outsides of burgers are lightly charred and cheese has melted, about 10 minutes per side. Maintain grill temperature at about 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Use a spray bottle of water to control flames; flames should just lightly contact the bottoms of the burgers to create a slight char. After the first flip, place 3 partially-cooked bacon slices onto each burger.
  4. About 2 minutes before burgers are done, place a Colby-Jack cheese slice onto each burger; top with tomato and avocado slices and transfer burgers to plate to rest for 1 or 2 minutes. Serve burgers on hamburger buns.
Bon Appétit!

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