Five Dynamite Recipes for Backyard Burgers

By Daniel Z. Kane

Backyard burgers are one of the things that make summer great. But, everybody needs variety, so here are five super recipes you can add to your rotation.

Grilled Inside-Out Southwestern Cheeseburgers- Serves 4

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You'll need:

one and a half lb lean ground beef two tablespoons finely chopped onion two tablespoons drained Old El Paso chopped green chiles eight slices pepper Jack cheese, 2x1x1/4 inch (about four oz) four kaiser rolls, split a quarter cup Old El Paso taco sauce or Old El Paso Thick 'n Chunky salsa

To prepare:

1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. In medium bowl, mix beef, onion and chiles. Shape mixture into 8 thin patties. Top each of 4 patties with 2 slices cheese. Place remaining beef patties on top; pinch edges to seal securely. 2. Place patties on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 14 to 16 minutes, turning once, until burgers are slightly firm when pressed in center. Add rolls, cut sides down, for last 4 minutes of grilling or until toasted. Serve patties on rolls with taco sauce.

Zesty Burgers- Serves 4

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The ingredients are:

1 to 1 1/4 pounds of lean ground beef 1/4 cup of chopped onion 2 tablespoons of green pepper, finely chopped 3 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon of prepared horseradish 1 teaspoon of salt 2 teaspoons of prepared mustard 1 dash of pepper your favorite burger toppings 4 split buns, toasted

Preparation Instructions:

Combine lean ground beef with onion, green pepper, ketchup, horseradish, salt, mustard, and pepper; mix lightly. Shape into 4 patties about 1/2 inch thick. Grill or broil to desired doneness, about 5 to 7 minutes on each side. Serve with a variety of toppings and split toasted buns.

Texas Stuffed Grilled Burgers- Serves 5

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Required ingredients:

5 pounds lean ground beef 6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons hickory seasoning (optional) salt and pepper to taste 2 cups chopped onion 2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms 2 cups chopped cooked ham 3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Preparation directions:

Preheat a grill for high heat. When the grill is hot, lightly oil the grate. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, hickory seasoning, salt and pepper until well blended. Make 8 or 10 balls, and flatten into patties. On one half of the patties, distribute the onions, mushrooms, ham and cheese. Carefully cover the piles with the remaining patties, making sure to seal all of the edges of the patties together tightly and enclose the filling. Grill the patties for 8 to 10 minutes per side, or until meat is well done, and cheese in the center is melted.

Marinated Hamburgers

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The ingredients you'll need:

3 T. Lemon Juice 1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt 1 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 T. soy sauce 1 T. A-1 sauce 1 T. oil 1/2 C. beef broth 1 tsp. Heinz 57 sauce 1/4 tsp. garlic salt 1 tsp. vinegar

To prepare:

Combine the ingredients.

Use a pound and a half of ground beef to make patties.

Put the burgers in a covered container and pour the marinade over them. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from marinade and sear over high heat to seal in the juices.

Mushroom Stuffed Burgers- 6 servings

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Required ingredients are:

1 1/2 pounds hamburger 1/4 cup finely diced onion 2 eggs, lightly beaten 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs 1/4 cup ketchup 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms 6 slices Swiss cheese

Proceed as follows:

Mix well the first 7 ingredients and form into twelve 1/4 inch thick patties. Melt the butter and saute the mushrooms lightly in it. Place on 6 of the patties. Top with remaining patties and seal edges.

Broil or grill to desired doneness. Top with cheese. Serve on toasted buns.

I love all 5 burgers. They're fun and easy to make. And, they're delicious. I hope you'll enjoy cooking and eating them as much as I do.

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