3/6/09

Grilled Cheeseburgers - in my oven


On Wednesday night I decided to make cheeseburgers for the kids. We have a fluke of 'good weather' here in the heartland and it was a beautiful night and was about 47 degrees at the time but I decided I didn't want to stand out on the deck and grill them. I was going to make them in the oven. Grilled burgers in the oven. *grin*

Typically I don't dress our burgers up much. I have a spice mix using MSG, salt, pepper and onion powder that I keep on hand, sprinkle our burgers with and top them off with the cheese. My kids don't like me to 'mess' with burgers much. However the spice mix was gone and I didn't have any MSG on hand so instead I decided to use some of our new favorite sauce - I had mentioned it previously about two weeks ago I believe - Country Bobs All Purpose Sauce. I went to their website looking for a burger recipe and found one for Juicy Burgers. It sounded like something my husband would like... but not the kids. They aren't fans of blue cheese so instead I improvised.

The recipe I came up with was juicy and had good flavor. It didn't have so many additional ingredients that it failed to be a 'burger' anymore yet it had enough additions so it wasn't bland.

2 pounds ground beef
3 T water
1 cube beef bouillon
salt
1 T Vegetable oil
2-3 T Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce (you can find this by steak sauces and worcestershire sauces)
1 T onion powder
Lemon pepper seasoning

Drop the bouillon cube in the water and microwave to dissolve. Then mix everything together with your hands and form patties. I got about 8 large patties from this. Here is where the 'grilled' in the oven part comes in; I placed the patties on a wire cookie rack and placed the racks on cookie sheets with 1/2" sides to catch the grease. I placed them in a 400 degree oven and baked until just done and then placed them under the broiler. Broil about 3-4 minutes to give them nice dark color and sear them a bit. Immediately remove, top with cheese and place on toasted buns for the heat to melt the cheese.

Serve with your favorite condiments; ketchup, mustard, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and whatever else you love!
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