Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Apple & Sage Hamburgers

A great tip for making juicy, savory burgers is to use beef AND pork in your patties! It really takes the flavor of your burger to another level. And these burgers are all about flavor! Sage, chives, greek yogurt, Tabasco, spinach, apples...yeah, they’re all in there! Don’t be scared...give these “sophisticated” burgers a try!

For the Burgers:
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1 Tbl sage, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
4 wheat hamburger buns, toasted
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled & grated
fresh spinach leaves

For the Topping:
1/2 c. Greek-style yogurt (I like Fage)
2 Tbl mayo
2 Tbl finely chopped chives
3 shakes of Tabasco sauce (more if you like it hot!)

1. Heat the grill
2. Using your hands, thoroughly combine the pork and beef together along with the chopped sage & salt. Form meat into four hamburger patties.
In a separate bowl make the topping by combining yogurt, mayo, chopped chives & Tabasco. Set aside. Using a traditional cheese grater, grate the Granny Smith apples. I like to take the apple after it’s grated and squeeze the excess juice out of it over the sink (if you don’t, I’m afraid your burger might be dripping with apple juice!).
3. Grill patties for 4-5 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Take note that meat always continues cooking for a couple of minutes after it’s off the grill (just let it rest for a few minutes before serving). Resist the temptation to cook the heck out of it- it will yield a very dry burger!
4. Spread the mayo/chive topping on the top of each toasted hamburger bun. Put a good amount of spinach on the bottom bun. Next the patty, then the grated apple and the top! Open wide because this is one big burger! Enjoy!

*I serve these burgers with Alexia sweet potato fries (have you had these before? They are to die-for good!) and a strawberry/banana smoothie! YUM!

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