Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Poor George III

Aisle 6 Beef Burgers
George Foreman’s Indoor Grilling Made Easy Copyright 2004

1 ¼ pounds lean ground beef
1 small onion, minced
¼ cup teriyaki sauce
3 tablespoons Italian-flavored bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
4 Kaiser rolls, toasted

1. Preheat grill to high and spray with nonstick spray.
2. Put beef in a medium bowl and add the onion, teriyaki sauce, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Using a fork, mix the seasonings into the meat and then form the mixture into 4 patties, each about 1 inch thick.
3. Grill the patties for about 3 minutes for medium-rare (or a minute or two longer if you prefer a medium or well-done burger). Top each burger with a spoonful of sweet pickle relish before sandwiching between a bun. Serve immediately.

The lead-in to this recipe explains that George III came up with this recipe, and named it after the condiment aisle at the Foreman's local grocery store. I get a little tear in my eye, thinking about George III, desperately trying to distinguish himself from the other George's by coming up with crazy burger recipes.

I'm generally a burger purist - just ground beef in my burgers, nothing else. Sometimes I'll grill an onion slice right into the side of the burger but technically that isn't 'in' the burger. But I always salivate a bit when I see commercials where they add teriyaki sauce, worcestershire sauce, onion soup mix, etc to burgers so I've been wanting to experiment with some burger add-ins.

Frankly, I wasn't too impressed. I think just the teriyaki sauce would have been enough. These came out like meatloaf burgers, and I love meatloaf but that isn't what I want for a burger.

I'm having one of those weeks where I had big ideas going in, but not enough time and energy to execute them.

Question of the Day: Do you mix anything into your burgers?


Anonymous said...

I usually mix a little salt,pepper and worchestshire sauce in my burgers.
I'm with you on the great ideas,no time.Seems I've been fighting this for the last month.

Anonymous said...

I've been in a funk for a while and haven't felt sociable enough to comment, I guess. I think I'll backtrack and try to join the world again.
If we're having burgers in the hamburger style, we just like salt, pepper and maybe a little garlic seasoning.
If we have burger patties cooked in the skillet and part of a meal, I would put chopped onion, maybe Worchestshire sauce, sometimes even diced tomatoes.

Randi said...

Lol at the tear in the eye comment. We dont eat red meat so I always add stuff to ground turkey or else its too bland.

ThursdayNext said...

I prefer a burger with just salt and pepper...its the toppings which matter most!

Wanda said...

No, not usually. But then my motto the past few years has been "Slap it together as quickly as possible." So I usually throw a chunk of meat in the pan, open a can of something green and nuke a potato. Dinner is served.

Why do I even read this blog, you may ask? I think I am 'cooking' vicariously through you, C.J. LOL!

'Back in the day', I loved add-ins - chopped onions, cheese-in-the-middle, maybe a little tomato sauce or mustard, bread crumbs, raw egg...just sort of whatever was around that seemed compatible.