Burgers are a family favorite around this house. Oh who am I kidding, they are probably a family favorite around most people's homes. Or the favorite of a tired wife/mother who can plop a plate of burger patties into her husband's hand and tell him to "run along" as he grills up the little puppies on the BBQ...leaving you nothing to do but slice a few buns and wash a couple pieces of lettuce. ALL the taste, and NONE of the hassle.
We mom's definitely have this meal time song and dance figured out.
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 heaping tsp grill seasoning
1 tsp oregano
1/4 cup bread crumbs (I just throw in whatever I have, which sometimes includes crushed up crackers or oatmeal)
4 whole-grain buns
8 slices of bacon
1 tomato, sliced
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tbsp Dijon mustard or grainy mustard (even regular mustard works fine)
1 tbsp honey
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all burger patty ingredients except ground beef. Once they are well mixed, add the ground beef and mix until just combined. Mixing the other ingredients first will prevent you from over-working and over-mixing your beef...which would make your burgers tough. Divide your beef mixture into 4 and shape into patties. At this point you could begin to cook patties, or freeze them. To freeze, lay out a small piece of wax paper and add the first patty on top. Put another piece of wax paper and then another patty. Continue until all patties are stacked and then wrap well in aluminum foil and place in freezer.
Cook burgers over medium-heat, either on the grill or in a frying pan. Cook about 5 minutes on each side or until burgers are cooked all the way through. Whatever you do, don't DON'T SQUISH YOUR BURGERS WITH THE SPATULA. All that juicy goodness should end up in your mouth and not on the inside of your BBQ. While cooking the burgers, also fry bacon. Slice buns open and grill until toasty or place under the broiler.
To assemble, smear a healthy dollop of honey-dijon sauce on both sides of the bun, topping with the burger patty, bacon, lettuce and tomato. I also like a bit of salt and pepper on the tomato slice.
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The sweetness of the honey mustard works well to compliment the richness of the beef and saltiness of the bacon. A seriously good burger to make at home. You will feel like you ordered it from a restaurant. And if you made your hubs cook the burgers, it will almost be like you are at a restaurant...hopefully service comes with a smile.
This recipe is being submitted to this month's BISTRO edition of "Waiter, there's something in my..." created by Cook Sister! and hosted this month by The Passionate Cook.