We had a great dinner the other night. Heck, it was perfect. You have to understand I grilled for myself, my newly vegetarian wife, and a very picky 6 yr old. The baby had baby food so I didn’t cook for him. Duh…
Thanks to a couple of threads at TVWBB, I was craving burgers, beans and chips. I had to make things happen just right to make everyone happy.
Here’s what I did:
For myself and our daughter I made burgers. I took 1 1/2lbs of 80/20 and combined with about 3 tbls McCormick Hamburger Seasoning, one beaten egg, about 1/4C very finely diced sweet onion so our daughter wouldn’t notice them, 2 tsp store bought minced garlic and combined. Don’t over-work it or you’ll end up with mush.
I made 4 patties, 3 big ones for big daddy and 1 small one for our daughter, reserving the rest for spaghetti tomorrow night. I also pushed the center 2/3’s of the burger in so that as the burger rises it will be flat when done.
For my wife I took one portabello, removed the gills with a spoon, lightly wiped it clean with a damp paper towel, let dry, then brushed it off. About 15 minutes prior to grilling I coated it in zesty Italian dressing for a marinade. Don’t marinade portabellos very long, they can’t handle it because they soak up so much and get mushy nasty.
The beans I made were the best I’ve ever made. I started with regular, large can of Bush’s Baked Beans in a pot on low. While that was warming up, in another pan I put about 1/4C of diced sweet onion, 1 Tbls oil and slowly cooked until almost translucent. I then added 2 tsp of the same garlic I used above and let heat for a couple of more minutes. I then added about 1/4C ketchup, a generous handful of brown sugar and some of the hamburger seasoning. After thickening I stirred the sauce into the slow simmering beans.
I let the beans simmer for a long time. I didn’t want them runny, I wanted them thick. About 1 1/2hrs on a small burner, stirring about every 10 minutes. They were good and thick.
I preheated the grill to about 500*, brushed it clean and oiled the grates. On went the burgers, ‘shroom and a lollipop onion for the wife.
I cooked the ‘shroom gill side up, then turned it at the same time I flipped the burgers. I pulled the ‘shroom shortly thereafter and put it in the house to cool a bit.
After flipping the burgers I moved them to the cool side, added sliced sharp cheddar to melt, and started toasting the kaiser rolls. Within a couple of minutes everything was pulled from the grill.
I dressed my burgers with lettuce, mayo, tomato, and ketchup. I could only eat two.
The wife’s “burger” was ‘shroom, lettuce, tomato, mayo, grilled onion, ketchup and mustard. Next time we’ll put some cucumbers on it.
Our daughter had ketchup and mayo on hers. She swore I put onions on it, but I didn’t. They were in it…..
The beans were so good I’m going to make them this weekend when I smoke some Baby Backs for football on Sunday.
Next time you make some burgers give this recipe a try. They really were the best burgers yet.