Aussie Burger


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Excerpt from my July 3, 2009 column in the Register Star and Daily Mail:
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After visiting Australia, my cousin Leslie asked me if I had a good recipe for beets because she wanted to put them on a burger. Apparently, if you are Down Under, it is customary to add a beet slice to your grilled burger…and a fried egg, pineapple or whatever else you fancy.

Get both hands and plenty of napkins ready for this one.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 lb ground beef chuck
4 large Kaiser rolls
4 eggs, fried
4 sliced roasted beets (see below)
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
The usual burger toppings, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mayo, mustard

Method
– Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (medium heat for gas)
– Mix beef with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Form into 4 (4 1/4-inch-diameter) patties.
– Oil grill rack, place burgers on grill. Cook for about 4-8 minutes total, (cooking time depends on how you like your burgers) turning once.
-Lightly toast buns.

Place burger on bottom half of roll and top with beet slice, egg and then whatever condiments or toppings you like.

Eat with elbows out, napkin tucked, leaning over a plate.