05 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Apple Cheddar Burgers

Cook me up a hamburger. I’ll pay you Thursday.

There are just a few names that I could associate with hamburgers—Wimpy, McDonald’s and Spongebob.

Spongebob Squarepants is a fan of the Krabbie Pattie. Wimpy, on the other hand, is known for his love for eating hamburgers where he is usually seen carrying or eating one or more burgers at a time. And well, McDonald’s is well-known being a fast food chain that offers the Big Mac, the quarter pounder and the cheeseburger.

For today’s recipe, I am sharing a variation of the usual hamburger. It is a twist of the tartness of the apple and the sharp-taste of cheddar.


– 2 lbs ground beef (ground round)
– 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
– 2 oz sharp cheddar, 1/4″ cubes
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
– 1/2 cup Granny Smith, diced (about 1/2 apple)
– 1-2 TBSP butter, melted
– Hamburger buns
– Strong Dijon Mustard
– 1 large tomato, sliced
– Lettuce leaves

– use comté, or brie, or bleu cheese


1. Mix together the ground beef, red onion, cheese, salt, pepper and apple without working the mixture too much.
2. Slip into 4-6 balls, and form into patties, 3/4″ thick or more.
3. Heat grill to high, clean the grill with a metal brush, and oil.
4. Place the burgers on the grill, but do not press on them.
5. Cook the burgers 4-5 minutes on each side (for medium rare, but do not overcook!).
6. Meanwhile, butter the buns, and toast on the grill for 20-30 seconds (not more!!!).
7. Serve with Dijon mustard, tomatoes and lettuce leaves. Makes 4-6 burgers.

Bon appétit!

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