Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beery Beef Burgers

Few of us can resist the combo of salty and sweet. It’s what makes this burger recipe, which blends the crunch of crushed pretzels, the tang of beer and pickle relish, and the sweetness of roasted red peppers and onions into a new classic
Servings:         8 burgers
Prep time:       20 minutes
Cook time:      Broil 14 minutes

2/3 cup beer
1/2 cup crushed pretzels
2 to 4 tablespoons chopped onion
2 tablespoon pickle relish
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
8 hamburger buns
Roasted sweet pepper strips, onion slices, pickled peppers, sliced tomato, ketchup, and/or mustard

1. Combine beer, pretzels, onion, relish, and salt in a bowl. Add ground beef and mix well. Shape meat mixture into eight 3/4-inch-thick patties.

2. Place patties on unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat for 12 to 14 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in burger registers 160 degree F, turning burgers once. Or place pattties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill 14 to 18 minutes until done (160 degree F), turning once.

3. Serve on toasted hamburger buns or French bread with assorted condiments. Makes 8 burgers.