By Mike Thayer
A bun doesn't make or break a great burger, the meat does.
Here's a recipe that makes for a great burger, a patty so full of flavor, not only is the bun not required, neither is lettuce, tomato or other toppings.....
Sweet Heat Burgers
- One pound of Sweet Italian sausage
- One pound of 80/20 ground chuck
- 1/2 Tablespoon of seasoning salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded Buffalo Wing cheddar cheese
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. If you can't find shredded Buffalo Wing cheddar cheese at your favorite grocery store, regular sharp shredded cheddar and some Louisiana Hot Sauce is a nice substitute. Form meat mixture into patties. When your grill is ready to receive, place the patties over the hot spot to get those great grill marks and a good sear. Keep the lid off and watch for any flare ups. When you see red juices flowing to the top of the patties, flip those burgers over to the lower heat side of the grill and get ready to put the lid on. Before ‘lidding‘, place some butter and garlic in a grill safe dish to melt down on the low heat side of the grill next to those great smelling burgers. Check after about five minutes. The garlic butter should be melted and the burgers should be about ready. For well done burgers, wait to see the juices run clear. Top burgers with the garlic butter just before plating.
It's another dose of YUM!