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Herb Butter Burger

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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  30 Minutes
  Serves 4
Necessity is the mother of invention, goes the old saying. This recipe grew out of a sad fact of life in 21st century America: that to be safe, you must cook burgers to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. This constitutes overcooking in my book, so to put some of the moistness and richness back in the burger, I tuck a nugget of herb butter into the center of the patty. Tip: For safety reasons, grill your hamburger to the internal temperature of 160 degrees F. A digital instant read thermometer discloses the temperature quickly and accurately.
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin or chuck
4 tablespoons Herb Butter, cut into 4 half inch thick disks (see recipe)
8 slices cooked bacon
4 slices cheddar, Swiss, or roquefort cheese, about 4 ounces total
Iceburg lettuce, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slices
Thinly sliced ripe tomatoes
Drained sliced dill pickles or sweet pickles
Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish
Other necessary recipes:
Herb Butter
Wet your hands with cold water and divide the ground beef into 4 portions. Working quickly and with a light touch, pat each portion into a thick patty. Make a depression in the center with your thumbs. Place a disk of butter in this depression. Fold the edges of the burger over to encase the butter and pat the burger into a plump round patty. (Patties can be prepared up to 8 hours ahead. Transfer to platter. Cover with plastic and refrigerate.)

Prepare barbecue (high heat). Brush and oil the grate. Generously sprinkle the burgers with salt and pepper. Grill the burgers until cooked through, 4 minutes per side for medium-rare, or until meat thermometer registers 160 degrees F. when inserted through the side of the burger into the center.

Place the burgers on the buns, adding the garnish and condiments of your choice.

Recipe created exclusively for by Steven Raichlen.

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 514
Fat. Total: 29g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 22g
Sodium: 366mg
% Cal. from Fat: 51%
Cholesterol: 93mg
Protein: 39g
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