Thursday, July 7, 2011

Stan's "Veggie" Burgers

Looking for a more nutritious burger for
your summertime BBQ?  Serve these up.

Now these are not what vegetarians call veggie burgers,
these are what we call "veggie" burgers
burgers filled with lots of veggies.

Our friends Stan and Connie invited us over
for an afternoon pool party for about 30.
Stan cooked up the burgers
and everyone brought dishes to pass.

He shared his great recipe with us.

Stan's "Veggie" Burgers

2 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1/2 C. finely chopped red and or yellow bell peppers
1/2 C. finely chopped mushrooms
4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. Italian seasoning salt (recipe follows)

Mix the ground beef with all of the ingredients and form
into patties. 
Season both sides of the meat with additional 
Italian seasoning salt. 

Place patties in freezer for 15 minutes if desired to chill and
set the meat so it holds together well on the grill.

Grill and serve.

Italian Seasoning Salt

(This is one of those recipes we learned at our
first cooking class in Italy.  It is a great seasoned
salt for just about anything.  Stan and Connie also
have a pizza oven and they went to the cooking
class in Italy too.)

2 C. Kosher salt
1/2  head garlic, peeled and crushed
1/4 C. fresh basil
1/4 C. fresh rosemary
1/4 C. fresh sage
1/8 C. fresh thyme

Chop all of the fresh herbs together very finely.  
Toss the salt with the garlic and herbs and place
on a large baking sheet.  Let set out overnight to
dry.  It might take longer in a humid climate. 
 The salt draws the moisture out of 
the garlic and herbs and the herbs should
be crisp when dried.

Store in a covered container.  If you want
the herbs and garlic smaller, whirl the dried
and finished salt in a blender or food processor.

(This is the salt before it has dried overnight.)

Enjoy this for all kinds of seasoning needs.

These burgers will not only up the nutrition
of your grilled burgers, but will get rave

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  1. Thank you so much for your fabulous recipe for burgers with veggies! Wow, nice for the grandgirls! Lots of hugs, FABBY

  2. These sound wonderful. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Always love getting new ideas.

  3. I could eat 2 of those right now!! YUM

  4. Now THAT'S my idea of a veggie burger:@) Really lovin' the Italian Salt, I have everything except the sage...

  5. These sound great..we would really love them! :D

  6. These burgers look and sound great!

  7. This is as close as our family will get to vegetarian! Thanks for sharing the recipe for the Italian salt too, that sounds fabulous!

  8. I love a good burger! One of my faves!

  9. Was hoping they were vegetarian veggie burgers-(vegetarian over here) :) but I love that the idea of extra veggies and the seasoning sounds wonderful!! :)

  10. AND the flavor of the veggies melded with GARLIC? HEAVEN! I make a basil pesto, goat cheese stuffed burger that is the thrill of the grill! So yummy! Anita

  11. OOh that seasoning.. it's wonderful. I have all the fresh herbs at my fingertips. The burgers look fabulous.. thanks so much for sharing.. Many blessings, marlis

  12. OMYGOSH, I do love a good burger and this looks fantastic.

  13. Mmmmm.... now I want a burger! It looks wonderful! I may have to try these this weekend.

  14. A new direction for the tried and true burger...the Italian Seasoning Salt will be an culinary adventure for me to try...I know, it's sad that making salt qualifies as an adventure. Thanks for the recipe! Cherry Kay

  15. Call the burger what you like; I'll call it delicious!
    And I'm intrigued by the seasoned salt—sounds wonderful.

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  17. These days, I have my boy's friends at home...Teen agers, I will try this recipe for them
    Thank you

  18. Looks yummy! I would like to eat at your house. You and Joni are always cooking something good. Did your mother cook all the time too?

    I see your followers are taking a rest too. Isn't it interesting how they come and go these days!

  19. Your photos on this are so great -- who knew raw hamburger could look so good? These look yummy. Joni

  20. That's my kind of veggie burger! I can't wait to try these this summer!

  21. Great idea to add veggies to a burger! They must have been delicious. I cannot wait to try them:) The seasoned salt sounds great too!

  22. Yum! These look so good. We love hamburgers over here and I've got to try this!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  23. these look fantastic for a pool party! anne

  24. This one is definitely in my files now. Thank you!
    Love a good burger!

  25. Thank you! I love this recipe idea and I'm going to try it for a pool party at my house:)

  26. Not a veggie burger fan, but these look worth a try.

    - The Tablescaper

  27. What a great idea! I'd love to try these!

  28. Bonjour Jacqueline
    I prepare this veggie's burger to my teen this week-end.
    We called it maxi burger...
    They really enjoy it. The whole family also...(:)). I published and link on your magnific blog
    Have a nice day and thank you for this receipe


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