Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Grilled Burger

Today's high in downtown Chicago was 59!!! I haven't felt the warmth of the sun or felt a breeze that didn't chill my spine in MONTHS!!! I really wanted to run outside after work, but it was already getting dark out - yes, even with daylight savings time. Boo. Instead, I ran inside on the treadmill in our building's gym. I plugged out 4 miles as fast as I could - about 8 minute miles.

In order to celebrate the wonderful weather, Bryan suggested we grill up some burgers! Perfect idea! We use our grill regularly throughout the year, even in the winter and storms because it is right outside our door on our balcony. Plus, grilling meats always makes them better!

This burger recipe is made up, based upon what I used to eat growing up. My dad was the grill master and he was always tweaking around with meat recipes. This one stuck with me I guess!

We used very lean ground beef (90/10) and added some diced onions, garlic powder, fresh ground pepper and a little salt. We melted a little cheese on top of the burgers when they were finishing up and toasted the buns on the top rack of the grill. We topped our burgers with some sauteed onions, thinly sliced tomato and mixed greens, served on top of a whole wheat bun. I don't know if you can tell in the picture, but the meat part is about 1.5 inches thick - they only way burgers should be. I had to practically unhinge my jaw to take a bite. They turned out totally awesome! We paired the dish with a delicious glass of red wine - Toasted Head, Untamed Red. It's a perfect everyday dinner wine that isn't too expensive but has a great flavor.

Wednesday = Top Chef at our place! Anyone else see the penultimate episode? Can I just say... finally!

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