"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans."--Ernest Hemingway

"I Can Die Happy Now" Burgers Recipe

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This recipe for "I Can Die Happy Now" Burgers, by , is from Belles of the Bowl, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Amanda Steele
Added: Tuesday, March 27, 2007


2 lbs ground beef
1/3 cup finely shredded potatoes (or use 1 small potato,
1 envelope lipton's dry onion soup mix
1-2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1/3 cup barbecue sauce (use your favorite smokey-flavored
BBQ sauce)
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs (more if needed)
1-2 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
seasoning salt (to season while cooking) (optional)
6 hambuger buns (sliced in half)
softened butter (use butter only!)

sweet onions, slices
sliced cheese (use any cheese desired)
1-2 plum tomato, thinly sliced
pickles, slices
shredded lettuce
pickled jalapeno peppers

1. In a bowl crumble the ground beef.
2. Add in the dry soup mix, shredded potato, garlic,
barbecue sauce, breadcrumbs and black pepper.
3. Using clean hands mix the until combined, add in more
breadcrumbs if needed to just hold the mixture together (do not
overwork the meat or it will be tough).
4. Divide the seasoned ground beef into 5-6 equal patties.
5. Using your large finger or the back of a small spoon
make a shallow dent into the center of each patty (about 1-inch
6. Place the patties onto a large plate or a small cookie
sheet; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minumum of
4 hours or up to 24 hours to blend flavors.
7. Before cooking the burgers, spread softened butter on
each cut slice of the bun, then place on the grill or frypan and
lightly toast; remove and set aside.
8. Grill or panfry the burgers as desired until cooked
through (if desired sprinkle a small amount of seasoned salt on
top while cooking the patties).
9. Serve in toasted buns with choice of condiments.

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4 Hours 40 minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
The name says it all. If you're feeling adventuresome, try roasting, peeling and chopping a poblano pepper as well as about a cup of diced bacon. Don't skip the marinating of the meat to let
the flavors marry. After all, everyone knows that the best
burger is a happily married burger...




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