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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. 


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


  • 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


  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.



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


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


   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


  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.