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We bought a grill!  Prior to this purchase we had a Little Smoky charcoal grill that is about 1 foot tall and you have to basicaly kneel next to it to grill.  It holds approximately 1 & 1/2 burger patties.  I was so excited when the husband decided to buy a gas grill because we normally use a grill pan for “grilling” which does an okay job, but it’s not the same.  One of the first grilled meals I chose was a Beer Burger which I first called “Jamaican” because used Red Stripe [it was the only beer sold in a single bottle at the grocery store].  When I told the husband, he said to call them “Ja’makin” Beer Burgers like “you’re making” beer burgers, so there you go.  We are kind of special here. 

Anyway…

Have you ever had a food epiphany?  I have had a few since I really started cooking because there were several things I had never even tried before (I can be pretty darn picky).  But no food epiphany so far has rivaled the one I had when I ate this Beer Burger.  I am amazed at what beer can do to the flavor of a burger.  I hate beer, I really do.  But in a burger?!?  Holy wow it’s the best thing I’ve ever had.  I will never grill a beef burger without beer again!  Hooray Beer! <– Also husband’s input.

We made this with Baked Oven Fries and Grilled Zucchini Planks (recipe soon to follow).

“Ja’makin” Beer Burgers

Recipe #: 59

Saved Since: July 2009

Count: 15 down

Husband’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Serves 2 to 3

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef (85/15)
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. beer (use Red Stripe for “Ja’makin” burgers 😉
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped

Cook

  1. Heat your grill to medium-high.
  2. In a bowl combine beef, onion, beer, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic.
  3. Form into 2 large or 3 medium patties.
  4. Cover and grill patties 12 to 15 minutes or until cooked to preferred doneness.
  5. Toast buns and add preferred toppings.

Source: as seen on Sweet Savory Southern, originally from Betty Crocker, Grilling Made Easy.

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I have had a chicken burger only once before that I remember (yes that’s an old blog of mine) and it was pretty good. So I felt another chicken burger was in order.  Let me tell you something about a chicken burger with some garlic-rosemary mayonnaise.  It’s delicious.  I never would have thought I would really enjoy this recipe.  I saw Giada make them on TV and the burgers looked tasty so I added them to my list.  But I didn’t expect to really, really like them.

I liked this recipe because it has 4 main ingredients and I am of the school of thought that burgers should ultimately be simple.  Hello chicken, mayo, rosemary, and garlic.  It doesn’t get much simpler than that.  And prep was a snap too.  Hello mixing the four ingredients and forming patties to grill.Our only issue was the amount of rosemary.  I mean yes, it’s a garlic-rosemary burger, but holy rosemary batman!  Next time, I’ll cut that back a bit but we’ll definitely have thesea gain sometimes.  And per the husband’s request we will have lettuce and tomato toppings. (If you read a bit in my blog entry from the first chicken burger I ate, you’ll learn I am a burger minimalist.)

PS the original recipe left us with quite a bit of mayo leftover so the recipe below reflects a reduction in the amounts for the mayonnaise.

 

Chicken Burgers with Garlic-Rosemary Mayonnaise

List #: 73 (You can see the full list on the About  page).

Saved Since: April 2010

Husband’s Rating: Delicious; “Less rosemary, more toppings”.

My thoughts: A surprising success; my kind of burger: simple and minimal.

Recipe Count: 3 down, 202 to go

 Recipe

(ingredients listed are for 2 servings; originial recipe written for 4)

Ingredients

   For mayonnaise:

  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced

   For burgers:

  • 1/2 lb. ground chicken
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 burger buns
  • olive oil

Cook

  1. Mix mayonnaise: In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, garlic, and rosemary.  Set aside.
  2. For the burgers: Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.  In a large bowl, mix together the ground chicken, salt, pepper, and most of the mayonnaise mixture (leave aside about 2 tsp. for later).
  3. Form the mixture into 2 patties and place the burgers on the grill.
  4. Cook for about 7 minutes on each side.  Transfer to paper towels and let rest for a few minutes.
  5. Brush the cut side of each bun with the olive oil and a small amount of the mayonnaise.  Grill buns for 1 to 2 minutes until slightly golden.
  6. Assemble burgers: spread some of the remaining mayonnaise on the buns and build your burger.

 Source: adapted from Giada De Laurentiis.