Summertime and the Burgers are Meaty

Another hot summer day, another reason to grill.  Today hubby decided to make burgers from scratch without a recipe, and this is the result.

Mine, all mine!

A beautiful homemade beef burger, fresh off the grill.

Here’s how he did it:

  • 2 lbs fresh lean ground beef
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped and seeded
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

All ingredients were combined in a big ol’ mixing bowl and chilled in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.  Just before shaping into patties he added a few tablespoons of water and mixed it one more time.

He grilled them on medium-high for a few minutes until the outside was cooked, then lowered the heat to medium and cooked a few more minutes until the juices ran clear. We put the cheese on for the last minute or so.  The cooking time will vary based on the size of the patties used, and hubby’s not one to scrimp on a serving of meat so he made four big 1/2 lb patties but you could try eight 1/4 lb burgers and they’d cook up a little more quickly.

He topped his with tomato slices, cheddar cheese and mayo.  I topped mine with arugula, fresh orange tomato slices, light mayo, a few slices of black truffle mozzarella, and a side of fresh watermelon.  Does it get any better than that?

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Here’s a couple extra photos of the process:

1.  These simple ingredients want to become something awesome.

Beef, jalapenos, garlic, onion

2.  All mixed up.

All mixed up

3.  Put me on the grill.
1/2 lb patties