Wednesday, May 15, 2013

BBQ, Bacon, Cheddar Burgers

"Grill Season" is officially here!!!!!  I just love spring/summer in San Diego... the days get longer, the nights are warmer, and food gets taken outdoors to be cooked on the grill or barbecue.  I mean, who doesn't love the smell of food cooking on a barbecue?  Not only can grilling be healthy (depending on what you're grilling!), but it is also easy, requires a lot less clean-up, and makes your food taste amazing!  One of my favorite things to grill is burgers.  There's something about the smell and taste of a burger from the grill/barbecue that screams "SUMMER" to me...

Although I love me a regular hamburger or cheeseburger, I think it's fun to try new patty recipes too.  Here's a delicious recipe to jazz up your standard ground beef patty!  I use a 90/10 ground beef for a leaner, healthier burger patty...

BBQ, Bacon, Cheddar Burgers

1 lb. 90/10 ground beef
1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup low sodium bacon bits (or about 4 slices of bacon)
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 plain breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon onion powder
dash of grill seasoning (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined well.

Form into 6-8 round patties. Sprinkle patties with grill seasoning (optional).

Place on a preheated and oiled grill.

Cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side, depending on thickness.

Top patty with a slice of avocado and tomato for maximum burger deliciousness!!! Place the patty on a hamburger bun or you can eat without the bun (we are not eating as many carbs at dinner so we opted for lettuce wrap). Either way it's good. :)

Since it's 'that' time of year, stay tuned for more barbecue and grill recipes...


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