Holidays inspire us to make the best food. And what’s a better way to relax after a busy weekend? The burger.
Ever since my boyfriend and I visited Bloomington, Indiana and poked around some of the local shops and bookstores, I’ve had Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking collecting dust on my bookshelf. Pas plus!
I prepared a few things for what we called our “Grown-up Picnic” date centered around the special burger. There was a homemade mayonnaise dipping sauce for our spicy Sweet Potato Fries alongside extra Roasted Red Pepper spread for crackers and veggies. The second was the Adult Root Beer float with Rum Chata instead of ice cream. Rounded out quintessential American comfort food — with a gourmet twist.
Without further ado, here’s the recipe! Let me know if you try it out and what you think!
- 1 lb of ground sirloin (8% fat)
- 1 small yellow onion, finely minced
- 1 egg
- 4 T olive oil
- 2 Drops Basil Essential Oil (or 2 handfuls of finely chopped fresh basil leaves)
- 10 oz of feta cheese
- 2-3 pieces of jarred Roasted Red Peppers
- Finely mince the Yellow Onion.
- Sauté the onion in a skillet with 1T of olive oil on low-medium heat for a slow 10 minutes until very tender but just before they start to brown.
- Combine ground sirloin, egg, 2.5T of Olive Oil, 2 Drops of Basil Essential Oil, and Sautéed Onion in a large mixing bowl. Fold ingredients until well combined.
- Form patties with a small depression in the middle -- this helps the burger hold it's shape on the grill.
- While grilling the patties, combine Feta Cheese and Roasted Red Peppers to make your spread in a food processor. If the spread is too thick, add a little Olive Oil.
- After burgers are finished grilling, set it on your favorite kind of bun and smear the Roasted Red Pepper Spread on top.