Sunday, July 1, 2007


I have a burger-challenged Blogland buddy. The other day, I was reading blogs and came across hers where she talked about barbecuing frozen hamburger patties, for goodness sake! Knowing her a bit, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that she had gotten caught up in a sale at Nordstrom's with no time to make "real" burgers, but even so, making a good burger shouldn't take very long.

Well, since then I've been thinking a bit about burgers, and with the nice barbecue weather we're enjoying here in California, I thought today was a perfect day to barbecue and pass on to all of you (and my burger-challenged friend) my recipe--these burgers are simple but really excellent!

Here's what you'll need:

1 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons finely diced jalapeno
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons diced onion
1/2 package taco seasoning mix
salt and pepper to taste (not shown)

I'm not sure what it is, but the diced jalapeno gives the burgers flavor but doesn't seem to make them too hot and spicy. You can buy the jalapenos diced in the small cans, but I got tired of wasting most of the can, so I bought a jar of sliced nacho jalapenos, and I just dice them up as needed.

Using your hands, mix the ingredients together in a bowl.

Divide the mix into four balls and pat into patties.

You can add whatever you like to top these burgers: cheese, bacon, avocado or guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and onion are a few suggestions. We kept them simple tonight with cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Summer time is great for fresh fruit, so I mixed up peaches, raspberries, blackberries, and pitted cherries. Corn on the cob was a natural choice as well. Yum!

So, no more frozen hamburger patties, right? Yeah, you know who you are! Next time, I'm sending the burger police! LOL!


Tazzie said...

Ohhh yay, that sounds so yummy! I'm filing this one away for our next BBQ!

Greenmare said...

well that recipe does sound easy, but can I just have the one in the top picture? that fruit looks pretty good too.

Carole said...

But, but, but.... they're not perfectly round like the frozen ones! LOL Dh would love that recipe being a jalapino lover. Add cilantro and he's in heaven. Thanks for sharing!

Nicole said...

Wow, is all I have to say! I want one right now, and I just finished my dinner! I will be trying your method for sure.

Sharon said...

You can kiss my ............ Well I think you get the message. We are having pork steaks tonight. And baby there not frozen.

Sharon said...

And by the way.......... why isn't anyone defending her burger challenge friend?????? Where are all my peeps out there in blogland????

atet said...

Oooh, sounds yummy. Though I usually buy pre-made patties at my local butcher. Of course, they are usually black angus with blue cheese and bacon in them. Yummm. We are lucky enough to have a fantastic meat market in town. They even make their own award winning brats. Supper yummy when they are boiled in beer and seasonings then grilled to crisp the skin. Oh man. I need to go to the store tomorrow. I think it's going to be brats and beer for the 4th!

Kim said...

Author's Reply to Sharon: About the "peeps" who should be defending you--have you considered calling O.J.'s legal team?! LOL!