Teriyaki Burgers

teriyaki burgers

Despite what I said yesterday about barbecuing in this weather, we had a spot of sunshine and I couldn’t resist the outdoors!  I threw my plans for slaving away in the kitchen out the window and quickly threw together some barbecue ideas.

This recipe is (slightly adapted) from the Looneyspoons collection.  Their name is much more fun, but I think teriyaki sums it up nicely.  You make a teriyaki sauce and add some of it right in with the meat, leaving the rest to baste the patties with later.  They are full of flavour, and if you top them with Swiss cheese, they are AMAZING!  If you roast some red peppers and slice them up, too, it brings everything to a whole other level.  However, I charred my red peppers this week, and so survived without them.

The roasted carrot avocado salad can be found here, and is also super delicious.  Instead of roasting the carrots in the oven, put them in a disposable pie plate and stick them in the barbecue instead.

Teriyaki Burgers

makes 4-6 patties, depending on how much you want to eat

What you need:
    1/4 cup ketchup
    2 Tbsp soy sauce
    1 Tbsp brown sugar
    1 1/2 tsp grated ginger root
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    1/2 tsp sesame oil
    1 to 1 1/2 lb ground beef
    1/3 cup oats
    1/3 cup chopped green onions
    1 egg
    slices of Swiss cheese (optional)
    hamburger buns and toppings

What to do:
In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger root, garlic and sesame oil.

In a large bowl, combine 3 Tbsp of the ketchup mixture, ground beef, oats, green onions and egg.  Mix well (I find using my hands works best).

Form the mixture into patties.  I use a measuring cup and make them 1/3 cup or 1/2 cup, depending on how hungry we are.

Preheat the barbecue and brush the grill with a little oil.  Grill the burgers for about 5 to 6 minutes per side, brushing on the ketchup mixture near the end.  If you are adding cheese, put it on for about a minute to let it melt.

Serve on buns with your favourite toppings.


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