Monday, June 4, 2012

The Suburban Cheeseburger

We are delighted to be participating in The Secret Recipe Club this month.  It is so exciting, kind of like Christmas.  This is how it works...  A name is 'drawn' and assigned to you.  "You simply choose any recipe from the blog you are assigned, make or bake it, and blog about it on the date specified..."

We drew The Keenan Cookbook.  We were very excited to find this blog.  It is a joint venture by husband and wife Chris and Rachel from New Jersey who have one child (and one on the way, congrats!!!).  I really enjoy husband and wife blogs, I appreciate the difference in style when it is a collaboration (much like TSRI).  At The Keenan Cookbook he cooks and she photographs.

It was a lot of fun perusing this blog.  I had not seen it before and I love discovering hidden gems!  I especially loved reading Mom's Baked Ziti.  It took me back, made me think of my Mom...  who will be here in hugging distance in 2 days.  I can hardly wait.   I am giddy!!!  Giddy?  Me?  Oh yes!  Anyway, back to what I was saying.  It was like someone was writing about my mom (except she has 5 kids).  I love stories that draw you in.  My mom is also not a recipe writer.  She just uses some of this and some of that.  If I can pin her down long enough this trip I am going to guesstimate recipes while she cooks.  But something tells me my mom and dad will both have lists of recipes they have seen on the blog that they want to try!

I really felt at home with all the family posts.  It is kind of like stepping into someone elses living family cookbook complete with stories. Mom and Great Grandma’s Biscotti Milk Biscuits,   Mom’s Christmas Butter Cookies, Nana's Pound Cake, these all look delicious and come with incredible stories and certainly make you feel like you have been invited in.  Like my dad always says, "First time you are a guest, second time make yourself at home".

If you haven't had the pleasure of sitting down at the Keenan's table or stepping into their living cookbook, I highly recommend you stop by!

Oh, after all that perusing and bookmarking Chad and I agreed on the Suburban Cheeseburger.  I loved reading the recipe at Keenan's and then the original at Crepes of Wrath.  The recipe completely inspired my creation.   We are in the midst of our Summer Grilling Celebration and this recipe was a welcome dish on our little picnic table!  Full of flavor and easy to prepare.  You are going to love it!

The Suburban Cheeseburger
serves 2-4
1 pound 85% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons dried oregano
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

4 hamburger buns, split and buttered
4 grilled onions
4 slices cheddar cheese
8 slices bacon, cut in half
condiments (mayo, ketchup, mustard)

Preheat grill to high.

Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Divide in 4ths and form into thin patties.

Grill burgers until done.  About 3 minutes on each side.  Add cheese slice to each burger before removing from the grill.

Place buttered hamburger buns on the grill buttered side down.  Grill until golden brown and toasted

Serve on toasted bun, top with cheese, bacon, grilled onions and your choice of condiments.  Enjoy!

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  1. Greetings Donna! I am your SRC poster...or stalker as I like to refer to us! I loved reading your blog, and all my kids and neighbors talk about is that amazing Cannoli Ice Cream!

  2. This looks great! Love the grilled onion.

  3. Yum, that burger looks SO tasty - great flavors with all the spices! Plus, grilled onions - awesome!

  4. Looks delish and that grilled onion is gorgeous.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC entry Candied Popcorn.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. That looks like one tasty burger!! Mmm mmm good!

  6. Grilled onions are the best! If you haven't already, I'd love it if you'd check out my SRC pick this month: Dark Chocolate S’mores Pie!

  7. I want one Right Now! Thanks for the inspiration, what do you think we're having for dinner now that I've seen these photos? That's right! ;-)

  8. donna- you rock! Girl this cheeseburger looks out of this world! Don't know who wouldn't want to sink their teeth into it! Hope you are doing well!

  9. This is very appealing, looks delicious!

  10. Love it! I've been on a total burger binge ever since it got warm enough to grill outdoors again, and these look like they're right up my alley... the grilled onion on top is a brilliant touch!

  11. Hi Donna! Thank you for the wonderful comments about our site and checking out all of our family recipes. Love that The Slow Roasted Italian has a similar story as us, Husband and Wife team cooking up good food in the kitchen together. The suburban cheeseburger you made looks amazing and puts our photo to shame! Love the grilled onion too.

    Glad to have new foodie friends :)

  12. Yum! there is nothing like a good burger!!!

  13. Such an interesting post to read. Today while strolling at a mall I was fascinated with this cheese top burger


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