I’m baaaaaack! Our wedding was perfect, the honeymoon was beautiful, and my stuff is on the moving truck to meet me on the other side of the country. I’m getting settled into my new lifestyle in WA (although I will always be a Jersey Girl!), and I am so excited to get back into blogging. Somehow it went from the crazy-ness of the days before our wedding at the end of July to being mid-August! How did that happen and where did summer go? I’m determined to make the last bit of summer last as long as it can, which is why I’m blogging today about my new favorite hamburger recipe. I concocted this earlier this summer and everyone keeps requesting it!
As soon as summer hits, I start thinking of long days at the beach, backyard cookouts and nights under the fireworks. This All-American Burger recipe definitely fits the summertime bill! I named it as such because when I think of American food, I think of copious amounts of cheese on everything, and washing it down with an icy cola. Both of these iconic foods are mixed into the meat of the burger, which makes for an incredibly flavorful, and moist patty. It pairs really well with my families favorite recipe of Sweet Potato Fries!
All-American Burger Recipe
(These ingredients are for the burgers themselves, feel free to “decorate” any way you please- on a bun, with cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, ketchup and mayo is how I prefer, but you do what you want!)
– 1 lb ground chuck (we get ours from the butcher, so I know it’s lean meat)
– 1/4 – 1/2 cup of cola (I went with Coca Cola brand) – more or less depending on how moist your meat is
– 1/2 cup of cheddar or pepper jack cheese, grated (we like the heat, so we used pepper jack, but you substitute for your favorite cheese!)
– seasonings- cayenne, garlic powder, seasoned salt, steak seasoning etc.
In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, parmesan, cheddar cheese and cola until well combined. (Remove that jewelry and get your hands in there to mix it well!). Form into 4 patties and season with your favorite seasonings- I sprinkled cayenne, garlic powder, seasoned salt and Montreal Steak Seasoning on mine.
Grill/Cook over medium-high heat until cooked to your preferred level of done-ness. I cooked mine in a cast iron pan with a little olive oil to prevent sticking, and they needed about 3-5 minutes per side. You could grill them, but you tend to lose the juciness of the soda. In the cast iron pot (or pan), any juices that escape sit in the pan and the burger cooks in it. Yum!
Let the burgers sit for a few minutes and “decorate” however you wish!
Sweet Potato Fries
– 2 lbs of sweet potatoes
– olive oil
– seasoned salt
Preheat oven to 400*
1. Prepare your sweet potatoes by peeling them and slicing them into 1/4 inch slices.
2. Prepare a tray for cooking- line a tray with nonstick foil, or regular foil that has been sprayed with a release (we use olive oil in a sprayer).
3. Arrange the sweet potatoes in a single layer on the tray.
4. Spray with olive oil (or drizzle if you don’t have a sprayer)
5. Season by lightly sprinkling seasoned salt and cayenne over the sweet potatoes. I like the kick that the cayenne provides, so I season it heavily, but you could easily substitute paprika if you aren’t a fan of the spice.
6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft and crisping around the edges. We like to put the oven on convect/broil for the last 5 minutes to really crisp them, but be sure to watch them, because they tend to burn quickly!
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