Sunday, May 10, 2009

Min's Gourmet Burgers

We love burgers. We always try to add a little something to our ground beef for flavor and variety. Usually, it's ground pork and whatever fresh herbs (marjoram, rosemary, oregano, etc) we happen to have on hand. This time, inspired by just having made and loved Alessandra's Meatballs, we decided to add some olives too.

The olives we have are a mix of different kinds, stuffed with different things like jalapenos, little onions, peppers. They are delicious, and they made a fabulous addition to our burgers. We also added garlic and fresh parsley. The pork gives the beef a boost of flavor and keeps it juicy on the grill. The spices and everything else just make it all delicious. You will be amazed what just a few simple additions do to transform your burgers.

I also got some fancy cheese slices to top our burgers off, Applewood Smoked Bacon Cheddar and a nice Pepper Jack. We grilled the burgers, then served them with White Bean and Tuna Salad, and a fruit salad that Wifey brought over. It made an excellent meal.

Min's Gourmet Burgers
Serves about 8
Addition measurements are approximate; feel free to change or substitute!

2 pounds ground beef
1 pound ground pork
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
3/4 cup mixed stuffed olives, chopped

Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix gently with your hands, not working the meat too much or too roughly but until all ingredients are incorporated. Cover and let rest in refrigerator for one to two hours, or more.

Form into patties and grill until they are done to your liking. Serve with your favorite burger toppings.

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