Summer is here! The longest day of the year has recently passed and it’s time to get those grills fired up, because there’s nothing quite like an outdoor BBQ in the summertime: friends, family, fun, the fourth (of July) and fabulous food (from fire and flames). Here’s a great way to jump-start your summer, some flavored hamburgers. I’ve been making these ever since I got a burger cookbook a few years back. The book has some good looking recipes, but I’ve only made this one – once you taste them, you’ll see why. They work well with ground beef, pork, turkey or chicken. If you can’t find lean ground pork, ask the butcher to grind up a pork tenderloin for you.
20 oz (1.25 lb) lean ground pork, beef or turkey
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 (10oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 packet dry onion soup mix
Quite simple, really. Mix the ingredients together very well, form into 6 or 7 patties and grill or broil until well done. The cheese crisps up very nice and adds a great texture to the burger. I usually dress the burger up with a slice of cheese, shredded cabbage (far superior to lettuce in my opinion) and ketchup.
When I don’t have grill access, I’ll cook it in a pan on medium heat. It takes a little longer too cook all the way through, but it comes out super crispy.