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Creative Burgers: How to Dress Up Your Beef With A Little Zip

Updated on August 14, 2013
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What's the Beef?

The first appearance of the hamburger occurred in the 19th or early 20th centuries. Most Americans believe that the “hamburger sandwich” was originally created in America by combining two slices of bread with a piece of steak or a ground beef patty. The controversy over that presumption was because the two basic ingredients, bread and beef, were prepared and eaten separately for many years before they were united in the combination. Shortly following, the hamburger began to evolve with the traditional trimmings we know today, including lettuce, tomato, onion, and sliced pickles.

The hamburger has taken on many disguises of cuisine throughout the decades. The more creative you can be, the better. We have barbecued, fried, and baked our burgers with our favorite toppings, spices, and sauces. From the traditional burger to the blackened Cajun style, we have enjoyed this famous sandwich we call the “hamburger.”

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Adding Zip to Your Burger

I have had my burgers dressed so many ways throughout my life. Of course, the burger with tomato, lettuce, onions, pickles, and sometimes cheese never fails when you want to go traditional. However, there is so much more you can do to a burger to give it "flair", to "step it up", to give it a little ZIP!

Just a few ideas of how to dress up a burger:

  • Chili N' Cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Bacon & Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Southwest Chili Pepper & Jack Cheese
  • Mushroom

The list is endless. So many possibilities, so little time!

Adding Another Style to the List

I love jalapenos on my burger. They give it a spicey hot zing. However, some people cannot handle too much heat on their burger. Mezzetta makes a "tamed" jalapeno that will please the pallette of everyone who love those little peppers. They still have the zing in the taste, but the heat is not intense, therefore you can enjoy your burger and have your jalapenos too!

One evening while preparing to make my jalapeno burgers with pepperjack cheese, I discovered that I was out of ...jack cheese! In fact, I was out of all my cheeses I would or could use on my burgers. The only "cheese" I had in the fridge was ........cream cheese! On a Burger? I thought about it for a minute and remembered I had created a cream cheese spread with jalapenos awhile back and thought..worth a try. If I didn't like it.. the dog was ready and willing to be my guinea pig!

Well, to my surprise, it was one of the best combinations I had ever tasted on a burger. To my delight, it is now high on my list of "ways to cook my burgers." I hope you enjoy this recipe. It's fast, easy, and oh so delicious!

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Hamburger with Cream Cheese and Jalapenos!

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Makes 2 sandwiches

The "ZIP" Ingredients for a Yummy Burger!

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Sweet Basil, Tarragon, Sage, and Green Onion add a wonderful aroma and taste to your burgerOlive OilFresh Minced GarlicTamed Jalapeno Peppers & Cream Cheese SlicesSourdough Cracked Wheat Bread
Sweet Basil, Tarragon, Sage, and Green Onion add a wonderful aroma and taste to your burger
Sweet Basil, Tarragon, Sage, and Green Onion add a wonderful aroma and taste to your burger | Source
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Olive Oil | Source
Fresh Minced Garlic
Fresh Minced Garlic | Source
Tamed Jalapeno Peppers & Cream Cheese Slices
Tamed Jalapeno Peppers & Cream Cheese Slices | Source
Sourdough Cracked Wheat Bread
Sourdough Cracked Wheat Bread | Source

Ingredients

  • 4 hamburger patties, (2 ounces each)
  • 4 slices cracked wheat sour dough bread, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, Fresh garlic, used 3-4 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 sprigs(approximately 6-8 leaves) fresh sweet basil, chopped
  • 3-4 leaves fresh sage, chopped
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 2 green onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup tamed jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 4 slices cream cheese (block), 1 ounce each
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Let's Make a Burger!

  1. Rinse and lightly pat dry the following: Sweet Basil, Sage, Tarrogon, and green onion. Coursely chop and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Mince 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic (You can also use 1 Tablespoon)minced garlic from a jar)
  3. Shape 2-3 ounces of your favorite ground chuck or beef into patties. (A little larger than palm size as they will shrink while cooking) Sprinkle Pepper on both sides of each patty. Set aside on a plate.
  4. In a large skillet (enough room to hold the 4 patties)add your olive oil and garlic on medium heat and saute the garlic until it sizzles (approximately 1 minute)
  5. Add your onion and herbs and continue to saute on medium heat to allow all the flavors and aroma build (approximately 1 minute)
  6. Carefully add all four patties to the pan stirring the herbs around the patties and placing some on top of each one. Turn the heat up to Med-High and cook on one side (approximately 4-5 minutes) Then turning once and cooking the other side for approximately 3-4 minutes. All the while intermixing all the herbs with each patty. *Note: Burgers should only be turned once. This allows the flavors to stay in the meat and to not over cook. When patties are fully cooked, remove them from the pan with all the herbs onto a plate and set aside.
  7. Brush one side only of your 4 slices of sour dough bread with olive oil and place oiled side down in pan for 3 minutes on med-high heat. Remoce and place two slices on one plate, repeat for the second plate (oiled side facing up)
  8. On the bottom slice, place two patties on the bread. Place 1 Tablespoon of the chopped tamed jalapenos on each patty.
  9. On the top slice (oil side facing up) take 2 slices of cream cheese and spread over the entire slice. Place top slice over the jalapenos and cut sandwich in half. Serve with slice watermelon or fresh melon of your choice. *note (Melons add the right taste combination with the cream cheese and peppers)

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Hamburger Sandwich
Calories 690
Calories from Fat207
% Daily Value *
Fat 23 g35%
Saturated fat 16 g80%
Carbohydrates 51 g17%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 30 g60%
Cholesterol 115 mg38%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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About the Author

Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you oliversmum! I think you will really enjoy this recipe. It's a favorite in our household! :)

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      oliversmum 4 years ago from australia

      Goodness me . Your hamburger recipe looks and sounds really delicious. We love our beef over here, and are always looking for more interesting ways to cook it. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us. :) :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Ahhh my little Lynn sister.. you're welcome to salivate over my hubs anytime! *L* ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      hahahaha....Oh vocalcoach.. you are a hoot! Love you too!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I've read this before, but I salivated this time around, too! LOL

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I had to come back and visit my "BullBoy" and this mouth watering recipe. (I sub the real beef for a veggie burger.)

      Q. What did Mr. and Mrs. Hamburger name their daughter? A: Patty.

      Love you~

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Ooooo Somehow I think BBQ's at your house would be wonderful Marites! I'm happy you are bookmarking this hub.. this is a really yummy recipe. ♥ Thank you so much!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Everyone in the household is a burger monster, especially the one who lights up the grill. He has a special recipe with added breadcrumbs and almost all sorts of spices (no, I'm exaggerating), but yes, spices that makes the burger so homemade yummy and perfect with patties this thick (you didn't see that, lol), it hurts to open my jaws around a third big bite.

      I'd like to bookmark this too, Lisa! Thank you so much.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Yeow Susan.. your son's burger sounds fabulous as well! Think I'm gonna have to try that one! Let me know how you like this recipe after you get the chance to try it! :) Thanks for the votes and shares. Good to see you again!

      Thanks so much sgbrown! So nice to see you here again! I have actually had my burgers with your favorite way. I love worchestershire sauce on my burgers. I use herbs as much as possible. I'm big on bringing out the flavor of my meats. It's also fun to experiment and see how it turns out. Thanks for the votes up! :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Awesome hub! I would not have thought about putting that many herbs in a hamburger, or cream cheese, but it sounds great! One of my favorite ways to cook a burger is with worchestershire sauce, cheddar cheese and fried onions! As a matter of fact, we had that for supper tonight, although I didn't fix it as a "burger", I fixed it as a hamburger "steak". Voting this up and awesome! :)

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Hey Lisa, I thought my son made the best burger by using crumble maple syrup bacon and cheddar cheese, but after reading this... I am going to have to rethink that. Cream cheese and jalapenos sounds absolutely delicious, and I am going to try it.

      Thanks for the idea! Votes and shares! :-)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      It sounds like our two households are related! I hope you get a chance to try the recipe... it's definately one of my favorites. Thanks so much for the thumbs up and shares Mary! :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I don't need to add to everyone's comments about what to add to a burger. Burgers are number one around here, in fact, when we go out to eat 90% of the time we order burgers, but I must admit your recipe sounds interesting AND delicious, and not too difficult. It's now on my to do list!

      Voted up, useful, interesting and SHARING.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      You are so right sgbrown...sauteed onions are always number one with me..ooo and mushrooms. What is so cool is that everyone has their favorite version from what they've grown up with or where they are from. Thanks sweetie... so good to see you sg! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL Peggy.. They are always so willing to help mama! I know what you mean with all the choices.... the possibilities are endless! :) Thanks for the votes up and sharing!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Too many choices! I love hamburgers with all of the above! Fried onions and mustard and awesome,but so are sauteed onions and mushrooms! I am definately going to have to try this recipe! Voted up, awesome and sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Love fried onions, jalapenos and avocado on my burgers. Of course other things are also good. Choices! Choices! Nice to know that your dogs are also gourmets. Haha! Up votes and sharing.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Oh STOP Victoria Lynn!!!! Now you're making me hungry and it's only 10:30 in the am! LOL Let me know how you like it if you try it! It's a great combination! Nice to see you :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Jenn-Anne! It's a really good burger! Hope you get to try it sometime. If you do, let me know how you like it. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      hehehe, Thanks vocal coach! Somehow I knew you would appreciate my "Bull!"

      I certainly appreciate all the sharing you have done for me. It's been quite the challenge trying to get back into the swing of things sine my illness. Love you and your sweetness! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great hub! I love traditional burgers, loaded with all the stuff you listed, plus mayo, mustard, and ketchup! I also love other ways--bleu cheese and mushrooms, bacon added to anything! BBQ sauce, onions and pickles! I love burgers lots of ways. Yours looks unique! Have to try!

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      Jenn-Anne 5 years ago

      Yum! Now I'm really hungry! Really enjoyed this hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hahahaha - I love the cow! That dude really knows 5th avenue. This recipe looks so good I'm about ready to give up being a vegetarian. Well...no...now I can't do that. Not after falling in love with "the hottie in a sombrero and heart-shaped sun-glasses." Five stars and sharing all over the place.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Well, you picked one of my favorites as well alocsin! Thank you so much for your votes! :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, I'm picking bacon and cheese as my favorite. But that recipe packs a zing. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL.. The German's did. But the American's would never admit to it! LOL

      I love aged cheddar on mine as well. Oh let's face it.. I love anything and everything on my burger! hehe Thanks Kelly!!! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Looks like everyone likes bacon! Lol

      I like aged cheddar cheese on my burger! Of course a little bacon on top of that!

      Fun hub Lisa! I love your photos too. Nothing beats a good old hamburger. I heard the Germans invented it?? I'm sure the French would say they did too. Lol