In his stand-up movie “Delirious,” Eddie Murphy had a bit about his wanting to go to McDonald’s for a hamburger. However, his mother didn’t want to spend the money and decided to make him a homemade burger instead. He was disappointed because his mother’s burgers were greasy, filled with big chunks of onion and bell peppers, and served on square Wonder bread.
I could relate to that bit because I had to eat similar homemade burgers when I was a kid. There were only two occasions when we ate restaurant burgers – when someone else was buying and when we ran out of sandwich bread (we ate generic bread because Wonder bread was too expensive).
Now that I look back on those burgers, I can appreciate my mother’s creativity and ability to make due with the ingredients that she had available.
When I make hamburgers at home for my kids, I try to keep it simple – grilled patty, hamburger bun, and ketchup. If I try to go too far outside of those parameters, my kids start to revolt.
Despite their objections, I decided to create a new burger recipe – Cheddar Burger Subs. I knew that the kids would question my bread choice just as I questioned my mom’s. However, I eased their concerns by reminding them how much they loved submarine sandwiches. My burger sub would combine the best of both worlds.
They agreed to have an open mind, but I could tell they were still skeptical. They started to come around when they heard the sizzle of the burgers on the grill and smelled the aroma of the onions wafting through the kitchen.
- Hamburger Patties (preformed of made with ground beef)
- Whole wheat sub rolls
- 1 Whole Sweet Onion (Vidalia or other brand)
- Tillamook Sliced Medium Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Avocado
- Garlic powder
- Slice onion into thin strips and set aside.
- Peel and slice avocado and set aside.
- Form patties (or use preformed) and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Cook patties to desired temperature (rare, medium-rare, medium, medium-well, well-done.
- Remove patties from heat and drain off excess grease.
- Place cheddar cheese on top of patty to melt.
- Cut sub rolls in half and toast.
- Spread mayonnaise on both halves of rolls.
- Cut patty in half and place both pieces side-by-side on bottom roll.
- Grill onions and place on top of patties.
- Add avocados and top roll.
I served the burgers with oven-baked cajun potato wedges. The kids really enjoyed the Cheddar Burger Subs and so did I. I liked how the creaminess of the cheese complimented the creamy avocado and sweet onions. This dinner was a winner.
- Me – Thumbs up.
- KayEm – Thumbs up.
- Nee (11) – Thumbs up.
- N (9) – Thumbs up.
- X (5) – Thumbs up (although he was not a fan of the avocado and grilled onions).
Therefore, this dish gets a rare family rating of 5 out 5 stars.
Question: What is your favorite burger?