May 4, 2013

Southern Style Hamburgers

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There are few things in this world that I love more than a good hamburger. It’s true! My husband can attest to this fact. When we first began dating, hamburgers seemed to be the only thing that I would order when we were out for dinner. Amusingly enough, I wasn’t the one who made this realization. My love has me blind.

Not only do I love my hamburgers, but piling on a plethora of toppings makes me undeniably happy.

However, I often find myself in a state of dismay, as I seem to always make a mess of myself in the process of eating the heaped-on-pile-of-goodness. There must be a remedy.

This desperation led me to only one logical solution: mix all of the toppings into the ground meat before cooking it! The toppings become amongings. Score. The result? My mind was blown. So was the rest of my family’s. It was everything a burger should be: delicious, juicy, tender, in my belly…

Beef quality makes or breaks a burger. ShopRite now proudly carries Clayton’s Organic Beef- straight from family owned Clayton Farm to your table- and it is truly top notch. You can rest your mind at ease while feeding it to your family. All pastures on the farm are free of all the scaries: pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, and antibiotics; and the cattle is fed from the farm’s own organic grain!

Southern Style Hamburgers
Yields approximately 12 hamburgers

3 lbs Clayton’s Organic Beef
8 slices bacon
8 slices sharp cheddar
1/2 of vidalia onion
1 cup collard greens, rinsed
1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1. Preheat your grill and line with aluminum foil.
2. Chop the bacon, cheddar, onion, and collard greens into bite-sized pieces.
3. In a large bowl, combine all of the above ingredients, using your hands. Icky! Barbecue sauce… everywhere… I know, ya gotta get past it, it’s worth it.
4. Roll the meat into spheres about twice the size of a golf ball. Flatten into patties and make an indentation in the center of the patty with your thumb.
5. Cook for approximately 5-7 minutes per side for medium doneness. Try not to flip the patties too much while cooking: the super lean patty can fall apart when over-handled.
6. Serve (maybe top with some spare barbecue sauce) and enjoy!