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Creative Burgers: How to Dress Up Your Beef With A Little Zip
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.”
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
- Bacon & Cheese
- Southwest Chili Pepper & Jack Cheese
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!
Hamburger with Cream Cheese and Jalapenos!
The "ZIP" Ingredients for a Yummy Burger!Click thumbnail to view full-size
- 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
Let's Make a Burger!
- Rinse and lightly pat dry the following: Sweet Basil, Sage, Tarrogon, and green onion. Coursely chop and set aside in a bowl.
- Mince 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic (You can also use 1 Tablespoon)minced garlic from a jar)
- 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.
- 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)
- Add your onion and herbs and continue to saute on medium heat to allow all the flavors and aroma build (approximately 1 minute)
- 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.
- 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)
- On the bottom slice, place two patties on the bread. Place 1 Tablespoon of the chopped tamed jalapenos on each patty.
- 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)
|Serving size: 1 Hamburger Sandwich|
|Calories from Fat||207|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 23 g||35%|
|Saturated fat 16 g||80%|
|Carbohydrates 51 g||17%|
|Sugar 2 g|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 30 g||60%|
|Cholesterol 115 mg||38%|
|* 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.