Weekend Special – How About a Burger?

Everyone but everyone loves a great burger? If you haven’t had everyone over for burger yet this summer, well, this weekend’s the weekend. Dress them up or down, use ground beef or ground turkey, even salmon. Enjoy them with a beer or a glass of Malbec.

Ease into the evening . It’s summer so relax; no need to hurry. Nibble on a few chips with some of my Simplest Salsa Ever and Guacamole. Or maybe you’d prefer my Grilled Corn Salsa!

When you’re ready for the Main Event, fire up the grill for some

Not Your Ordinary Burgers with goat cheese and sun-dried tomato aioli. Not a fan of goat cheese? Top your burger with a slice of cheddar, fontina or a bit of your favorite blue cheese. Complete your burger with schmear of aioli or Simplest Salsa Ever. (If you’re serving onions on that burger, don’t forget my favorite tricks for taking the bite out of onions.)

And what to serve with the burgers? Look no further than the Farmer’s Market. The season is short, so corn-on-the-cob is a must. Steamed or grilled, corn is perfect with a burger. Instead of a salad or slaw, my midsummer favorite is thick slices of ripe, red, local tomatoes. If you like, give them a drizzle of red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with chopped fresh basil and a little salt. My favorite is the easiest – just a sprinkle of sea salt. And if the pickle lady is at the Market, don’t forget the dilly beans and homemade pickles!

For a Sweet Finish break out the watermelon. Just slice it and serve or if you want to dress it up a bit, try my Mojito Melons. And if you can’t go another week without something sweet and chocolate-y, then it’s time for brownies! If you’re feeling whimsical, then bake up a batch of Dream Bars. You can’t go wrong with my Black & White or Triple Threat Brownies.

Have a wonderful weekend and bon appétit!

For more on burgers, check out my burger opus in Best of Burlington Magazine.

What are your favorite summer dishes? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011

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