Apr 6, 2011

Can I haz Cheeseburger?

Can I haz Cheeseburger?

This ain’t your average cheeseburger, that’s for sure. It’s BBQ season! Finally the snow’s gone and it’s time to get your BBQ on!

We fired up the pit. I seasoned the burgers, stuffed them with mozzarella and slapped them on the BGE. Grilled a few Roma tomatoes and onion slices while I was at it, mainly to get them as sweet and tasty as possible.

I topped the burgers with the grilled vegetables, along with some creamy avocado and voila; here’s why I could never ever be a vegetarian.

Be still my beating heart.

 

Ingredients:

4 buns (of choice)
1 pound ground beef
1 ball mozzarella
1 large onion
3 Roma tomatoes
1 ripe avocado
Hellmann’s mayo (the one and only)
lettuce or salad leaves
extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
freshly cracked black pepper

Seasoning:

1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Lawry’s lemon pepper
1 heaping tsp Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Optional: crispy bacon

 

Directions:

Combine all spices.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

I had my butcher mix up 10oz ground beef with 7oz mixed beef/pork, but you can use all beef of course. Add the spices and mix it up.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

Cut 4 thick mozzarella slices.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

Divide the meat in 4 equal pieces. Place a slice of mozzarella on top of each piece and smooth the meat over the cheese to enclose it completely.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

Turn a medium onion into thick slices and lightly brush/spray them with evoo.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

Cut the tomatoes lengthwise, pour a little EVOO all over and season them with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

I used my big green egg, but you can also do this using a stove top grill and your oven. Preheat your oven to 350F° (175C°).

I got my BGE set up for direct grilling (350F° – 175C°) and grilled our burgers for 5 minutes on each side.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

I transferred the burgers to my raised grid (with dripping pan underneath) to continue to cook them indirectly (or use your oven instead). Gave me room to grill the tomatoes, cut side down, and the onion rings. Give them 2 minutes.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

Flip them over and give the other side two minutes as well. No longer or you’ll cook the heck out of them. Transfer them to a plate and let the burgers continue to cook indirectly while you chop the veggies, 5 minutes or so.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

I gave the tomatoes and onions a quick chop. They will taste fantastic—grilling them brings out so much flavor—and still have a bite to them.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

 
Check your burgers for readiness. They should be fully cooked by now and the cheese will have melted.
 

Use a sharp knife to slice the avocados in their skin and use the back of the knife to scoop out the avocado flesh. Be more careful than I was, I cut myself.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

Bread…
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

… and Hellmann’s. Need I say more?
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

I opted for Italian buns. Spread a thin layer of Hellmann’s on both sides of the bread and top the bottom half with lettuce, burger, tomato, onion and avocado.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

 
If you really want to make yourself happy, throw in some crispy bacon too! I didn’t. I don’t want to be a bad influence or anything.
 

This burger is love. Pure unadulterated love.
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

Who needs a BigMac?
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

The burger has an almost Greek Bifteki flavor to it, combine that with the gooey cheese and flavorful topping and you have grilled perfection!
Can I haz Cheeseburger?

Serving tip:

Tastes fabulous with a side of Bacon & Parmesan Wedges!

Can I haz Cheeseburger?
Ingredients
    4 buns (of choice)
    1 pound ground beef
    1 ball mozzarella
    3 Roma tomatoes
    1 ripe avocado
    1 large onion
    Hellmann’s mayo (the one and only)
    lettuce or salad leaves
    extra virgin olive oil
    kosher salt
    freshly cracked black pepper

    Seasoning:

    1 1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp onion powder
    1 tsp Lawry’s lemon pepper
    1 heaping tsp Italian seasoning
    1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

    Optional: crispy bacon
Directions
    Combine all spices, add them to the ground beef and mix it up well. Divide the meat in 4 equal pieces. Place a slice of mozzarella on top of each piece and smooth the meat over the cheese to enclose it completely.

    Turn a medium onion into thick slices. Cut the tomatoes lengthwise, pour a little EVOO all over and season them with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper. I used a big green egg, but you can also do this using a stove top grill and your oven. Preheat your oven to 350F° (175C°). I got my BGE set up for direct grilling (350F° – 175C°) and grilled our burgers 5 minutes on each side.

    I transferred the burgers to my raised grid (with dripping pan underneath) to continue to cook them indirectly (or use your oven instead). Gave me room to grill the tomatoes, cut side down, and the onion rings. Give them 2 minutes. Flip them over and give the other side two minutes as well. No longer or they’ll end up as tomato puree. Transfer them to a plate and let the burgers continue to cook indirectly while you chop the veggies.

    Give the tomatoes and onions a quick chop and use a sharp knife to slice the avocados in their skin and use the back of the knife to scoop out the avocado flesh. Spread a thin layer of Hellmann’s on both sides of the the bread and top the bottom half with lettuce, burger, tomato, onion and avocado.
Meal type: main course, lunch
Servings: 4
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    23 Comments »

    1. 1

      This looks absolutely delicious!

      Lori on Apr 6, 2011 @ 8:47 am Reply
    2. 2

      Ziet er weer heerlijk uit. vind jou foto’s echt onwijs mooi!

      Femke on Apr 6, 2011 @ 9:01 am Reply
    3. 3

      Oh lord, I will be forever jealous of the BGE. Krijg er honger van.

      Ilse on Apr 6, 2011 @ 10:00 am Reply
    4. 4

      Damn Kay once again this looks fingerlicking good. Much better then the tasteless junk the sell at Mac D’s.  Nothing beats a homemade burger in my opinion.

      Ik denk trouwens dat mayonaise van Amora hier ook goed bij past.

      Kim on Apr 6, 2011 @ 10:25 am Reply
    5. 5

      I think i am going to make these burgers with minced lamb.

      Kim on Apr 6, 2011 @ 11:17 am Reply
    6. 6

      @Kim:

      If you’re gonna make these with minced lamb, you might want to add a little bit of dried mint!

      Kay on Apr 6, 2011 @ 11:39 am Reply
    7. 7

      Thank you Kay that is a good idea

      Kim on Apr 6, 2011 @ 12:04 pm Reply
    8. 8

      Way better then Mickey D’s :)

      arrisje on Apr 6, 2011 @ 1:01 pm Reply
    9. 9

      I recently posted stuffed burgers too. I love the mozzarella idea! Yum! I’ll have to give it a try!
      Beautiful as always Kay!

      The Lunch Lady on Apr 6, 2011 @ 1:04 pm Reply
    10. 10

      You’ve done it again. Cooking things that make my mouth water!

      Maria on Apr 6, 2011 @ 1:16 pm Reply
    11. 11

      Good ole American food ~ Yum!

      Judy on Apr 6, 2011 @ 2:13 pm Reply
    12. 12

      Mmmm that looks fabulous.

      Jen on Apr 6, 2011 @ 5:09 pm Reply
    13. 13

      Looks Divine!

      Diana Abreu on Apr 6, 2011 @ 8:21 pm Reply
    14. 14

      this looks great and sounds easy enough to make!!

      Courtney on Apr 6, 2011 @ 10:23 pm Reply
    15. 15

      Man, oh, man I am drooling and wishing we had affordable mozzarella in New Zealand. I may have to try it with brie… Seriously LOVE your recipes!

      Lattejunkie on Apr 7, 2011 @ 8:29 am Reply
    16. 16

      @Lattejunkie:

      Is feta just as expensive there? Because that’s also a great subtitute!

      Kay on Apr 7, 2011 @ 9:22 am Reply
    17. 17

      I’m crossing my fingers that it will be warm enough for us to grill out this weekend — this looks great.  (It is quite unlikely, but I am a hopeful person.)   I am a fan of the simple hamburger on the grill.  It’s cheap, delicious and fun to make.  Hellman’s is of course essential.
      And I am absolutely amazed at your having had peacocks on roofs where you live.  I would definitely have given up my bath to see them.  (You might have found me gawking in the street in my bathrobe!)
      Peacocks!
       

      Deb in Indiana on Apr 8, 2011 @ 2:45 am Reply
    18. 18

      BBQ season isn’t here yet, we are still getting snow.   The burger looks delicious, I am envious!

      Rhonda on Apr 8, 2011 @ 5:50 am Reply
    19. 19

      Oh. My. GOOOOOOSH!
      I want this. Like now! looks so yummy and so simple! Come on summer!

      Jo Somebody on Apr 9, 2011 @ 4:01 am Reply
    20. 20

      Kay, feta is affordable so I am going to give them a try on the weekend.
      Thanks so much :)

      I listed your recipe as one of my Five Favourite things – http://www.lattejunkie.com/2011/04/fridays-five-favourites-at-five.html

      Lattejunkie on Apr 10, 2011 @ 11:26 pm Reply
    21. 21

      Oh wow! The mozzarella centre is pure genius! I would love to keep that a secret and see my guests’s faces when they find that delicious surprise. I have never made stuffed burgers before. We usually melt cheese on one side. But stuffed burger concept is really something else.

      Bunny Eats Design on Apr 11, 2011 @ 6:01 am Reply
    22. 22

      looks delicious. How long does it take to cook?

      food123 on Jun 14, 2011 @ 6:08 pm Reply
    23. 23

      Your blog is just…. fantastic.

      lola on Jun 18, 2011 @ 6:00 pm Reply

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