Summer is finally here and there’s nothing like a BBQ to start off the year! Nights are still chilly but what better way to end a night with a goodie filled cheeseburger and perhaps some s’mores from the grill. I have never been a huge grill-girl but it’s never too late to learn! I can feel a high chance of recipes for various meat sauces and recipes coming up. Honestly, this was the first meat “dish” I prepped and cooked from start to finish. Meat isn’t the preferred but sometimes you just have to enjoy a succulent burger.
(makes approx. 7-8 patties)
- 500g organic fresh ground beef
- 3 links (1lb) of maple, thyme sausage
- 1/2 cup chives (chopped)
- 1/2 cup parsley (chopped)
- 3 teaspoons cayenne
- 3 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon peppercorns (crushed)
- 1 cup old cheddar cheese (cubed)
- 2 tablespoon rosemary (crushed)
- Chimichurri sauce
Directions: (Honestly, this is pretty simple)
- In a large bowl, take the meat out of the sausage casing and combine it with the beef. It’s important to use your hands to give it some love.
- Add in the chopped chives and parsley and mix. (Here’s where you can add an egg if you’re into that kind of thing but the fat from the sausage holds everything together nicely)
- Mix the spices together and slowly add it into the meat mix. It’s important to add a little and mix in intervals for proper incorporation
- Add the salt and pepper and keep kneading the meat until fully incorporated.
- When the meat mixture is ready, make a 1 inch ball and flatten it into a patty.Then layer the filling ingredients and take another chunk of meat and place it on top and pinch the sides closed.
- Get them on the grill, top it off with bacon and gouda for about 7 minutes or so and you have yourself a juicy cheeseburger!
It’s very filling and flavourful. The gooey cheese in the center of the patty combines well with the chives. I wish there could’ve been more of a maple syrup flavour but that’s an easy fix! The spices add a nice kick to the burger and the flavours are quite distinct, which is always nice. This was the first time I tried chimichurri sauce and man is it ever delicious! Thanks to Big Lou’s Butcher in Vancouver for their amazing meats! Local is always so much better!