|Vintage Take on Cheeseburgers|
Recipe by Robin
There’s something about warm weather that inspires me to remember summers past. Long-ago skinny-dips in a few choice lakes, sun and fun at the beach, picnics with family members who have now passed on. Along with memories of celebrations and excursions, I remember the day-to-day summertime of my childhood. When I was on break from school, my mom designated me as assistant cook. While still at work, Mom would call me and instruct me on how to begin preparation of the family evening meal. She completed the cooking tasks when she got home. Sometimes I’d come up with an idea on my own and cook the entire meal myself. So this recipe is one of my adolescent ideas. Surprisingly, it passed the blogability test when I made it recently after more decades than I’ll admit to.
|A Burger for All Seasons|
Makes 4 burgers
1 lb. organic ground turkey
3 oz. Swiss cheese, grated
1 tbsp. olive oil
8 oz. can tomato sauce
Parsley for garnish
It’s easiest to make the patties when the turkey is well-chilled, especially when kitchen is hot. Divide ground turkey into four equal parts. Divide each quarter in half again. Make 8 patties, as thin and even as you can. Be sure that there are no holes or thin spots. Patties will be about 3½ - 4 inches in diameter.
|Keep Cheese off Edges of Patties|
Using a thin pancake turner or spatula, pick up a no-cheese patty. Place it evenly on top of a cheesy patty. Seal the edges. Pick up the double patty and fine-tune the edges, being sure that they are completely sealed and burger edge is neat and rounded. Place on plate.
Repeat sealing process with 3 remaining burgers.
Turn electric frying pan on to 400 degrees F. When water dropped into the pan sizzles, coat bottom of pan with olive oil. Place burgers in pan. Cook for 4 minutes.
Lower frying pan temperature to 350 degrees F. Flip burgers carefully (a little cheese might leak out). Cook for 2 minutes.
Pour tomato sauce over the top and sides of burgers. Continue to cook for another 2 – 3 minutes, until sauce is heated through.
Remove burgers to serving platter and garnish with parsley.