I haven’t eaten a fast food burger in years. It’s just not worth it. It’s not even satisfying. If I’m going to have a burger, I want more than a slim, under-seasoned, overcooked patty full of mystery meat topped with soggy iceberg lettuce and a few pickles. Yuck. Don’t waste the calories.
Make your own burgers at home. It’s night and day as far as flavor goes. And if you own a grill, always opt for grilling your burgers. The added smoke flavor is worth the effort. And then you can toast the hamburger buns on the grill, and grill the pineapple (incredible!) and grill some corn on the cob, etc. It’s a better option.
This burger recipe may seem like it has a LOT of ingredients – and it does, but that’s where the flavor comes from. And this particular recipe somehow captures the perfect combination of sweet and spicy and salty and meaty but not overbearing. The patties may look super thick, but you’ll notice I only used 1 lb of meat, and I made 7 burgers. The trick is stuffing the burger with cheese. Incredible.
1 lb ground beef
2 oz ground sausage
1/2 cup mashed black beans
1/3 cup diced onions
1 large fresh jalapeno, diced
2 strips thick bacon, diced and cooked
1 can green chiles (or less if you want)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Mix all ingredients except cheese in a bowl (use your hands) and form 7 patties.
Using the bottom of a cup, push down the center of the patty and form the exterior meat around the cup (to form a meat bowl). Fill the “bowl” with cheese.
Refrigerate for an hour, and grill to your liking.
Top with some incredible toppings.