Yummiest burgers……….

Before I get started on telling how out of this world these burgers are, I have to apologize to my amazing friend Leanne, who also is an amazing cook. I think it has probably been years now that she gave this recipe to me as she called me at the time, with much enthusiasm because she knows how I LOVE feta cheese and sundried tomatoes. So, I never made them until TODAY! Leanne, they are outstanding, the best, thank you! I have missed out for SOOOOOO long…….
Brayden and I got into it a little bit for I made a (what I thought) really good stew last night. He is my carbo king and so I said, “WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE YOU HAPPY?” He dosen’t complain just dosen’t eat. I said, “what? a hamburger, a hot dog, WHAT?” He didn’t have anything to say……….
I decided to indulge him a bit tonight by making a ‘hamburger’ but not the run of the mill kind of hamburger there is a surprise in the middle that will make you scream for joy! It was a hit, and the homemade fries along side were great too, of course! These hamburgers call for a bun, but I just didn’t think it was necessary so here is the hamburger (without the bun)
The yummiest burger ever!
3/4 cup
8-10 basil leaves, finely
6 ounces feta cheese,
1/2 cup drained and chopped sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed)
2 lbs ground
2 medium eggs, slightly beaten
1 tbs tabasco sauce
2 tbs dried italian seasoning,
1 tsp
1/2 tsp freshly ground
3 garlic cloves,
1/2 cup dried italian bread
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesean
6 slices prociutto ( I used bacon)
lettuce leaves
red onion sliced
In a grill with a cover, prepare a medium hot fire
In a small bowl, mix together the mayo and basil. Set aside. In another small bowl, combine the feta cheese and tomatoes. Divide into 6 equal portions, forming balls. Set a side. In a large bowl, combine the ground sirloin, eggs, pepper sauce, italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic, bread crumbs, and parmesan. With hands or a large spoon, gently bring all ingredients together; do not overmix. Form meat mixture into 12 thin patties. On 6 of the patties, gently place the feta and tomato ball onto the patties, pressing down lightly. Place remaining patties on top, press, and seal edges to totally enclose filing, forming 6 total patties

When grill is ready place patties on grill, cover, and cook for 4 minutes, until BOTTOM is brown. With spatula, turn over patties and cook an additional 4 minutes, or until done to your preference. During the last few minutes of grilling place bun down on grill to toast.

Spread generous portions of basil mayo on cut sides of bread. Place patties on bottom pieces of bread, then top with a slice of bacon, lettuce, and red onion.
Ooooooh, it feels gourmet to make it and it tastes gourmet
November 18, 2009 - 7:11 am

Leanne - Marlece, you know I love you dearly. I’m so glad you like the burgers! But can I just say that I think we both need to take a food photography class?! Do they have such a thing? They must. But that picture of that burger needs…something.

But seriously, it’s been awhile since I’ve made those. And you are right, they are divine! Just like you! 🙂

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