Yummy Cheesy 'Murrican Burger

So!  I will try to sound as modest as possible when I say this, but I just had the best burger.  It was simple, nothing super special about it, but it was moist with the perfect taste. (The perfect taste... does that even make sense?)  As per my previous post, on Saturday, I had a great vegetable burger.  Then, today at work, we served a picnic-style luncheon at school, and I opted for a turkey burger.  I guess after a few "non-burger" burgers, I was really looking for something true to bite into.  Scroll down to see what you'll need to build this beauty!

1 lb. ground beef 
1 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. mustard
1 tbsp. barbeque sauce
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. smoked paprika
2 tbsp. fresh salsa
1 egg
1/4-cup breadcrumb
Sea Salt, Pepper
2 tbsp. Olive oil
2 slices, American cheese
Leaf lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes
4 Soft Potato Rolls

1:  Combine the first (10) ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.  (The "fresh salsa" is key here -- I usually get it pre-made from the grocery store, but I'm sure if you would like, you can make it yourself.  This fresh salsa was made with tomatoes, green and red bell peppers, onions, garlic, and what tastes like a hint of lime).

2:  Use 3/4 of the beef to make four burger patties, and poke a quarter-sized hole in the middle.  Take the other 1/4 of the beef and make four small patties.  You will use these to cover the hole 'o cheese.

3:  Use a half slice of cheese to stuff each burger.  Cut the half slice of cheese in half again (so you have two squares), and then into quarters.  Pile the four quarters of the half of the half piece of cheese (See, I like this recipe because it makes me feel like an algebra genius!) into the hole and top with the small patty.  Smooth all around and ensure all the cheese is covered thoroughly.

3a:  Repeat with the other three.

4.  Coat the bottom of a pan with your olive oil and when it is hot, insert your burgers.

4a:  Cook cheese-side-up for about 6-7 minutes, depending on the thickness of your burger.  When the sides appear to be cooked, flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

5:  Pile lettuce and tomato on your potato roll, and top with finished burger.  Pair with some classic, crinkle-cut fries (which were plain frozen, but I doctored them up with EVOO and spices) and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!   :-)


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