Salsa Burgers

11 Mar

– 1 lb ground beef (I’ve found that the 85% lean works best)
– 1 1/2 cups salsa of choice
– 1 slice white bread, crumbled
– 1/8 to 1/4 cup milk
– 2 cloves garlic, crushed (the crushed roasted garlic in a jar works well too, 1 tsp)
– 1 tbsp. Worcestershire
– salt and pepper to taste

– Burger buns
– Sliced cheese – american, cheddar, pepper-jack, swiss, etc.
– Condiments – ketchup, mustard, relish, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, jalapenos, etc.

Place the ground beef in a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup of salsa. In a separate bowl, mix together the white bread and milk (add gradually so it doesn’t get too “soupy”) until it forms a thick paste. Add to the burger meat. Add garlic, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Mix all together very thoroughly (by hand works best!) and form into four equal patties (slightly concave, or a bit thinner in the middle than on the edges, they cook better this way).

Heat skillet over medium-high heat – do NOT add patties until skillet is very hot. Quickly sear both sides of the burger patties, about 60 seconds each side, to brown and seal in the juices. Turn heat down to medium. Add remaining one cup of salsa to the pan (or more if you like them “sloppy”!), turn burger patties to coat. Cook, covered, for 3-5 minutes each side (for medium to medium-well burgers).

Place each patty on burger bun, and top with cheese and condiments as desired. I, of course, add jalapeno slices to mine. Mmmm…

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