All American Burger

Hamburgers are as American as apple pie and here is one that uses “All American” ingredients along with an “All American” beer. Remember to use ground beef with about 20% fat for the juiciest burgers. The key to this burger is the cheese, a semi hard white cheddar, which is grilled directly on the grill. This technique gives the cheese a unique flavor and nicely melts and surrounds the burger with flavor when it is placed on top of the burger. We serve this with A1 Sauce, which adds a great steak kick to the burger or use your own favorite steak sauce and condiments. Mix it up your way and enjoy an “All American” grilling experience! Ingredient amounts will serve 4.

Ingredients

Burger
1 lb. of ground beef that has 20% fat
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
4 slices of a semi hard white cheddar cheese or your favorite semi hard cheddar cheese
4 buns of your choice
Non-stick cooking spray
Accompaniments (optional)
Red onion thinly sliced
Dill pickles sliced
1 tomato sliced
Iceberg lettuce cut using the chiffonade technique
A1 Sauce for dipping

Technique

Prepare any condiments that you will be using and refrigerate.

Place the first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Form burgers into 4 patties. Grill on a preheated grill over medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. Grilling times will vary depending on your grill, how thick your burgers are and how well you like them done. Remember that it is best to allow the burgers a rest time after finished grilling to lock in the juices. During this time, the meat will continue to cook a bit more. Spray inside of the buns and grill to warm, about 1 minute. Check often, so they don’t burn. Remove burgers and buns. Use a grill bush to clean any parts of grill from leftover burger meat. Reduce heat to low and place cheese on grill and grill for about a minute, 30 seconds on each side. Watch carefully, so it won’t melt too much and fall into the grill. Place cheese on each burger and place on bun. Serve with your favorite accompaniments and enjoy!

Suggested Side Dish

Maggie’s Creamy Potato Salad with Fresh Dill or Creamy Pasta Salad with Shrimp.

Suggested Beverage

Try a beer, such as, an ice cold long neck Bud or Bud Light, Saint Arnold’s Lawn Mower Pilsner Ale (Houston, TX) or your favorite beer by Sam Adams.

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