Best-Ever Beef Burgers

Photo-Column-Best Ever Beef Burgers copyManitoba houses the third largest beef population in Canada and with all of that succulent steak walking around it’s hard not to get caught up creating the perfect beef burger!  I grew up eating burgers that were ok- not great and with the honest ignorance that is childhood, I thought that those burgers were it- there was no other way to eat ground beef…But as my palate matured it began to get ornery and demanded a burger that wasn’t well… boring and so I got down and dirty in the kitchen and produced these babies. Beautiful Beef Burgers full of flavor (and some fibre). Enjoy this humble offering of burgers in the land of beef.

2 lbs. ground Manitoba beef (we are lucky enough to get ours from the farm up the street)
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 c. washed and chopped mushrooms
1 Tbsp butter
1Tbsp oil
1 pkg onion soup mix
2 eggs, beaten
2 c. bread crumbs
12 thick slices of mozzarella cheese

In a skillet over medium heat melt butter into the oil and then sauté onions and peppers until the onions look translucent (about 3 minutes). Add garlic and mushrooms and cook until mushrooms have lost most of their extra moisture, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl mix together eggs, breadcrumbs, onion soup mix, Worcestershire sauce and beef. Pour in your veggies and mix it all together. Cover your beef mixture and let it cool in the fridge for about an hour (cool beef holds together better but if you are pressed for time you can skip this step).

Preheat your BBQ to medium (about 450F) and while the beast is warming up, shape your cooled beef into burgers. Make sure your grill is scraped clean and then set those burgers on to sizzle. Cook until the beef is no longer pink in the middle (it is important to cook ground beef thoroughly), about 5-8 minutes per side. Once the burgers have been flipped once and are half way through cooking, top the grill-marked side with a thick slice of mozzarella cheese and let it melt.

Serve on toasted kaiser buns that have been brushed with garlic butter and slathered with your favorite condiments. IMG_3696

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