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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Jack Cheese Burgers with Tomato Avocado Salsa on Ciabatta Rolls

Don't let the fancy name scare you. These are just yummy cheese burgers topped with some guacamole salsa. I wanted to do something easy but nicer than just plain old burgers. I spotted this recipe in a book I checked out from the library. These burgers were really good. A hamburger pattie with grated cheese throughout and topped with a tomato avacado salsa. I took the seeds out of the jalepeno and the salsa was very mild. Next time I will leave some in because I like things spicy. I served them on Ciabatta Rolls instead of hamburger buns. I was going to put bacon on them too, but in my rush forgot. The only other thing I would change is to add some garlic powder to the hamburger patties next time.
Jack Cheese Burgers with Tomato-Avocado Salsa
from the Perfect Recipe
1 1/4 lbs. 100 % ground chuck
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
3/4 c. grated Monterey Jack Cheese
Tomato-Avocado Salsa
1 small avocado, peeled and pitted
1 small ripe tomato, cut into very small dice
1 tbsp. minced scallion
1 tsp. finely minced jalepeno pepper (if you don't like it too spicy remove seeds)
1 1/2 tsp. minced cilantro leaves
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
Hamburger Buns or Ciabatta Rolls
Directions for hamburgers:
Place ground chuck in large bowl and break up with fingers to increase surface area for seasoning. Sprinkle salt and pepper over meat and toss lightly with hands to distribute seasoning. Divide meat into 4 equal portions (5 oz. each). With cupped hands, toss portion of meat back and forth to form a loose ball. Pat lightly to flatten to a 1 in. thick burger, 3 1/2-4 inches across, using your fingertips to create a pocketed, textured surface. Repeat with remaining meat. Makes 4 patties.
Directions for Tomato-Avocado Salsa:
Mash avocado with a fork until chuncky. Add tomato, scallion, jalepeno, cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Top each hamburger with a portion Add any other garnishes you would like and serve.
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