Summer is here! The longest day of the year has recently passed and it’s time to get those grills fired up. I don’t have a grill at my apartment in California, so now that I’m home in NY it’s time for some serious grilling, 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.