Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Backyard Cheeseburger

For those of you who, like me, love the grill and everything it can cook, I present to you the Backyard Cheeseburger. It is perfect for parties and get-togethers, quick dinners, and potlucks when you're in a hurry.

The special sauce is not for children. Be advised.

Special Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise.
1 tbsp. dijon mustard.
1-1/2 tsp. roasted garlic.
3/4 cup ketchup.
5 tbsp. vodka.

Hamburger
2-1/2 lbs. ground beef, formed into patties.
Salt and pepper to taste.
2 tbsp. canola oil.
6 potato rolls.
6 tbsp. melted butter.
6 slices cheddar cheese
36 slices bread-and-butter pickles
12 tbsp. Special Sauce

For the Special Sauce: combine the first 5 ingredients on the list in a large bowl and mix.

Season patties with salt and pepper and coat with oil. In a very hot skillet or on a grill, sear patties for 4 minutes on one side. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm. Wipe out skillet.

Brush potato rolls all over with melted butter. Toast on both sides on the grill or skillet. Put 1 cheese slice on top half of the roll. Grind some black pepper over the cheese and put in toaster oven or back on grill for 1 minute or until cheese melts.

Place 6 pickle slices on each bottom roll, top with hamburger, and spoon 2 tablespoons of special sauce on burger. Top with other half of roll and serve. Serves 6.

The Editor loves cheeseburgers, and has made finding the ultimate one his mission. Most store-bought burgers are merely essays in the craft, but this is a true masterwork. Enjoy it at your next public function with his compliments.


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