Cheddar burgers with vegetables

“The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.”
E.M. Forster

Total Time

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 – 20 mins
Total Time: 20 – 30 mins

Burgers: 8 -10
Sliders: 10 – 15


2 pounds ground meat (beef)
1 pack (8) burger buns
Cheddar cheese (topping)
1 small onion
4 garlic cloves
3 green scallions
handful cilantro
4 small mushrooms
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tablespoon of Adobo
1/2 red pepper
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/8 cup water
*salt pepper to taste
Cheddar Cheese
Balsamic Vegetables
Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures
Temperature (°F)
Ground Meat & Meat Mixtures
• Pork, Veal, Lamb 160
• Turkey, Chicken 165 None
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  1. In a large bowl add ground meat. Set Aside.
  2. In food processor add garlic, onion, scallions, cilantro, red pepper, water and mushrooms. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder and Adobo to the food processor mixture.
  4. Remove mixture and add to large bowl with meat. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Shape seasoned ground meat into burgers then set aside.
  6. After burgers are shaped, heat skillet on medium.
  7. Place burgers on the skillet and cook until desired temperature. (typically I cook each side for 3-4 minutes.)
  8. Add Cheddar Cheese (sliced, shredded or whole)
  9. Add Grilled/Sauteed Balsamic Vegetables (see recipe), favorite condiments/toppings and enjoy!
  10. See Chart Below for Safe cooking temperatures.

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As a side item try an Asian Cole Slaw (see recipe below)

Asian Cole Slaw Recipe

Balsamic Vegetables

Vegetables can be cooked on stove top, grilled on a cast iron skillet or baked. The cooking time will depend upon you preference of the vegetables. I prefer them between raw and cooked, maintaining their crispness. Any vegetable can be used as a topping. (onions, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, cauliflower, zucchini, you name it!)
Balsamic Vegetables


1 Onion
1 Red pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Italian seasoning herbs
1 tsp olive oil
*salt and pepper to taste


  1. Slice onions and peppers set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add onions and peppers
    toss with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and herbs.
  3. Set aside.


  1. Heat skillet
  2. Add olive oil to skillet/cast iron
  3. When skillet is hot add onions and peppers
    cook on medium heat for 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  4. Set aside and when burgers are cooked, add as a topping.

Preparation (meat & seasoning )

Seasoned Beef


Ready to Serve