When my children were small, we ate our share of burgers. Burgers were easy to make, filling and always kid-friendly. However; burgers can become a rut in and of themselves. I was always “experimenting” with burger recipes, looking for new ways to serve up the same old thing. One of my favorites from the “old days” was to mix breakfast sausage (Jimmy Dean regular) with ground beef. The sausage brought a wonderful flavor to the burger. Cooked on a hot grill, the outside of the burger developed a nice “char” while retaining a juicy interior.
It seems like yesterday that my little boy was playing with his Tonka Truck as he sat on a blanket spread out on a lush green lawn while his sister and I cooked up burgers for everyone on our tiny portable grill. In my mind’s eye this was clearly yesterday. I have to remind myself that it is a memory from more than forty years ago! Today that little boy is a bushy-bearded man with a family of his own. And my little kitchen helper is searching to make her own mark way on the world. Although not “discovered” she is an awesome artist in her own right.
Hamburgers and potato salad. That was our Saturday night special all those years ago.
2 lbs Ground Beef
1 lb Ground Breakfast Sausage (Jimmy Dean Regular)
1 Envelope Dry Onion Soup Mix
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste
8 Slices Cheddar Cheese (optional)
8 Large Hamburger Buns, brushed with olive oil
Prepare charcoal grill for burgers.
In a bowl, combine ingredients until well-mixed. Divide into 8 large burger patties, separate each patty with waxed paper. Cover and refrigerate until 30 minutes prior to grilling. While the grill is heating, set the burgers on the counter and let them come to room temperature for easy of grilling.
Season meat with hamburger seasoning. Cook hamburgers on hot grill until cooked through, turning once, about 5-6 minutes per side.
Remove burgers to serving platter. Top desired burgers with cheese. Tent to keep warm.
Lightly toast buns. Build your burgers any way you like them – lettuce, tomatoes, red onions. Add your favorite condiments – mustard, mayo, ketchup. Enjoy!