One Last Good Grill For The Season

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Hi everyone: I know we are starting to wear our jackets, but before the weather gets too cold to grill, how about trying these two delicious hamburger recipes: Hamburgers with Herb Butter, Hamburgers with Onions and a wonderful Vegetable Salad to go along with them.

Vegetable Salad

1 large leek

1/2 clove garlic

2 large carrots

4 tablespoons wine vinegar

1 red pepper

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons water

2 tomatoes

1/2 head celery

1/4 white cabbage

4 tablespoons oil

2 eggs (hard boiled)

Wash and thinly slice the leek. Peel and chop the carrots. Remove the core, pith and seeds from the pepper and cut into thin strips. Trim and thinly slice the celery. Peel and quarter the tomatoes. Wash the cabbage, then shred finely. Put the leek, carrots, red peppers, celery, tomatoes and cabbage in a bowl and mix well together. Crush the garlic clove and put in a saucepan with the vinegar, salt, water and oil. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat and pour over the vegetables. Toss well together, so the vegetables are coated with the dressing. Allow to cool, chill well. Hard-boil the eggs, cool shell and slice. Garnish the salad with the egg slices. Serves 4.

Hamburgers with Onions

1 pound ground beef

2 teaspoons grated fresh horseradish

3 tablespoons chopped parsley

5 ounces pork sausage meat

1 teaspoon celery salt

4 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs

1 egg

1 tablespoon grated celery

1 tablespoon grated carrot

1 tablespoon grated onion

1 ounce butter

2 tablespoons oil

2 onions

Mix together the meat, horseradish, parsley, sausage meat, celery salt, breadcrumbs egg and grated vegetables. With wet hands, divide into four portions and shape each into a patty. Melt the butter with the oil in a frying pan. Add the patties and brown quickly on each side. Then reduce the heat and cook for a further 3-4 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, peel and slice the onions. Add to the pan and continue to fry for a further 5-6 minutes, until the onions are golden brown and the hamburgers are cooked through. Top each hamburger with the fried onion and serve with a mixed salad. Serves 4.

Hamburgers with Herb Butter

2 slices white bread

4 tablespoons water

1-1/2 pounds ground beef

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon white pepper

2 teaspoons paprika

1 egg yolk

3 ounces butter

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

1 tablespoon chopped dill

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Garnish with tomato wedges, dill sprigs

Sprinkle the bread with the water and leave to soak, then squeeze out the water and crumble the bread into small pieces. Mix together the beef, bread, salt, pepper, paprika and egg yolk. With wet hands, divide the dough into 8 portions and shape each into a patty.

Cream the butter with the parsley, fill, lemon juice and celery salt. Make a hollow in each patty and fill with a knob of this herb butter. Bring the meat mixture up over the herb butter to cover it. Grill the hamburger patties for 3-4 minutes on each side or until they are well-browned and cooked through. Garnish with tomato wedges and dill and serve with a potato and sweet red pepper salad.

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