Make Your Own Gourmet Burgers at Home

Written by admin on May 15, 2009

By Julie F

Hamburgers are really making a name for themselves. What once was a lowly sandwich pressed inside a bun and smothered with ketchup has achieved gourmet status. At many “family” restaurants like Ruby Tuesday’s, Applebee’s, Fuddruckers and Red Robin, hamburgers now cost upwards of $10. The difference? A nice bun and designer toppings.

Grocery stores are getting into the gourmet hamburger business, too. Safeway, Whole Foods and Sunflower Markets now all sell premium hamburgers out of the meat case. At about $4.99 per pound, they are a delicious but expensive meal, too.

The good news is that you can easily make your own gourmet hamburgers with flavor combinations that your family and friends will love. With a bulk package of ground beef, some beautiful rolls from the bakery and a little imagination, you can create your own gourmet burgers for a fraction of the cost and be a grilling hero.

T o make each burger combination, you will need one pound of hamburger, a cup of fillings and about a tablespoon of seasonings. This will make about 4 burgers. You can of course make them larger or smaller if you wish.

Seasoned burger flavor ideas:

*Mix ranch dressing mix and cut up bacon into the burger mix.
*Diced green chilis and cubed or shredded cheddar cheese.
*Chili powder, cumin and cheddar cheese
*Worstershire, onions and black pepper
*Hot sauce, topped with crispy onion fries
To make seasoned burgers – Mix the seasonings right into the ground beef and top with the suggested ingredients. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before grilling or broiling. Serve on split bakery rolls
Filled burger flavor ideas:

*Cracked black pepper with crumbled bleu cheese filling
*Carmelized onions and green peppers
*Provolone, topped with BBQ sauce
*Japalenos with cheddar cheese
*Mozzarella topped with Marinara sauce

To make filled burgers – knead together the ground beef and seasonings in a bowl. Pat into 8 thin patties. Place about 1/4 cup of filling on top of four of the patties, topping each with another patty to enclose the fillings, sealing the edges together. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cooking on the grill or under the broiler. Serve on split bakery rolls.

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