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Cheesy Avocado Burger

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Ingredients

1/3 cup soft fresh bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
3 tablespoons whole milk
1-1/4 pounds lean ground beef
4 slices Havarti cheese
2 sliced avocados
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup mustard
4 lettuce leaves
4 split and toasted onion buns

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Cheesy Avocado Burger

  • Serves 4
  • Medium

About This Recipe

I think it’s difficult to make burgers at home for a few reasons. First and foremost is food safety. Your burgers should be cooked to a final internal temperature of 160°F to prevent illness. And that temp should be tested with a reliable food thermometer.

Most people don’t bother to do this at home, and that’s just asking for trouble.

So when I want to make burgers at home, I make sure to take the time to check so I know they’re safe.

Having said that, making burgers at home is satisfying because you can make them anyway you’d like. I love to pile my burgers with cheese, avocado, mayo, and mustard. And the bun you serve them on can be anything: English muffins, ciabatta slices, onion rolls, or focaccia.

This burger seems to go best with onion rolls, which are, naturally, also toasted on the grill.

Serve the burgers with My Mom’s Potato Salad (natch) and some cold root beer for your Labor Day bash (or make Root Beer Floats!). Munch on some Crunchy Peanut Caramel Layered Brownies for dessert. And don’t forget the food thermometer!

Steps

1
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Prepare and preheat the grill. You can also broil these burgers; in that case, preheat the broiler.

2
Done

Combine the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, marjoram, onion powder, and milk in a medium bowl.

3
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Add the ground beef and mix gently but thoroughly with your hands until combined. Form into 4 patties. Press your thumb into the center of each patty so the burgers don't puff up while cooking.

4
Done

Grill the burgers over medium coals, turning once, until a meat thermometer registers 165°F. Don't skip this step!

5
Done

Top each burger with a slice of cheese, cover the grill, and grill for 1 minute or until the cheese melts.

6
Done

Assemble the burgers with the avocado, mayo, mustard, lettuce, and onion buns, and dig in.

Linda

Linda Larsen has a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College, and a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota. She has worked for the Pillsbury Company on the Bake-Off and in their test kitchens since 1988. Linda has written 37 cookbooks (and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005.

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