I know – it’s 10:30 p.m. and National Cheeseburger Day is nearly done, but sometimes life gets in the way. It was a crazy day filled with lots of work (for my real job), house responsibilities, kids’ bath day, tornado watches and a hubby who got stuck in horrific traffic and didn’t get home until super late. Yet, we still managed to pull together a fantastic National Cheeseburger Day Meal. It was delish and so satisfying – you will certainly forgive me for posting this so late. Make it tomorrow for dinner. Do it. You can thank me later.
I have no idea what to call it since I totally made this recipe up so let’s call it, “National Cheeseburger Day’s Pumped Up Burger“. Here is what you will need:
- 1 lb. of ground turkey (this is what we always use, you can certainly use ground beef)
- 1 can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 package of turkey bacon, optional (again, what we use. Real bacon will work as well)
- 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 TBS of garlic powder
- 1 tsp of paprika
- salt and pepper
- Good quality kaiser rolls
- Lettuce pieces, tomato slices and onion slices for burger (if you like this on your burger)
- ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and hot sauce (optional)
I placed my ground turkey into a bowl and added the can of pinto beans. I mixed them together and added all of the spices until burger mixture was fully incorporated. Once mixed well, I prepared the turkey meat mixture into individual sized burger patties. We tend to like our burgers on the larger size and I make small, kid-sized burgers (like slider size) for the boys. This recipe yielded three large patties and 3 small patties. Once formed, set burgers aside and begin other prep work.
I then began to cook my turkey bacon. I made the entire package, although you could easily cook only enough slices for the burgers, or leave the bacon out altogether. Whatever bacon we didn’t eat with dinner tonight the kids will eat tomorrow with breakfast. While the bacon was cooking I prepped my toppings and condiments. I prepared my lettuce leaves, sliced my tomato and onion and also prepped my kaiser roll by smearing on a small amount of mayonnaise on the roll.
Now it was time to cook the burgers. I cooked mine on an electronic griddle. I browned them on both sides and made sure the burgers were well done before adding the cheese. I like my cheese to be all melted and gooey so I topped my burgers with a large lid and added a few drop of water to the griddle so the cheese would melt from the steam. Once ready, I placed my burgers of the prepped kaiser roll, adding my toppings and then my condiments. I opted for a small circle of ketchup, followed by another circle of mustard and then finished off with a drizzle of hot sauce.
The burgers looked great and tasted even better. The pinto beans were a great addition to the burger. I loved the idea of adding the beans for a couple of reasons. 1). Beans are a great source of fiber; 2). A nice punch of protein to add to the turkey meat; 3). Pinto beans are also budget friendly so I was able to make nice-sized burgers without having to use a ton of ground beef.
Here is how our National Cheeseburger Day Meal turned out for me and my husband, as well as our kids’ plates.
My husband and I ate our burgers with salad because we try to limit our intake of potatoes. You could certainly opt to eat yours with french fries.
For the boys, I also added their choice of fruit (one chose strawberries and one chose raspberries), salad (with different choices of salad dressing) and two graham cracker/peanut butter sandwiches. Everyone was pleased and the kids gobbled their meals up – score!
I hope you ate a cheeseburger today in celebration of National Cheeseburger Day. If you didn’t get a chance to eat one today, try to eat a cheeseburger tomorrow. I hope you choose my recipe as your recipe of choice the next time you make burgers at home. If you do, come back to the page and let me know what you thought!