Onion-Sausage Hamburgers

When my children were small, we ate our share of burgers. Burgers were easy to make, filling and always kid-friendly. However; burgers can become a rut in and of themselves. I was always “experimenting” with burger recipes, looking for new ways to serve up the same old thing. One of my favorites from the “old days” was to mix breakfast sausage (Jimmy Dean regular) with ground beef. The sausage brought a wonderful flavor to the burger. Cooked on a hot grill, the outside of the burger developed a nice “char” while retaining a juicy interior.

It seems like yesterday that my little boy was playing on a blanket spread out on a lush green lawn while his sister and I cooked up burgers for everyone on our tiny portable grill. In my mind’s eye this was clearly yesterday – and not over thirty years ago! That little boy is a bushy-bearded man today with a family of his own. And my little kitchen helper is finding her own way in the world. Although not “discovered” she is an awesome artist in her own right.

Hamburgers and potato salad. That was our Saturday night special.

Onion-Sausage Hamburgers
2 lbs Ground Beef
1 lb Ground Breakfast Sausage (Jimmy Dean Regular)
1 Envelope Dry Onion Soup Mix
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste
8 Slices Cheddar Cheese (optional)
8 Large Hamburger Buns, brushed with olive oil

Prepare charcoal grill for burgers.

In a bowl, combine ingredients until well-mixed. Divide into 8 large burger patties, separate each patty with waxed paper. Cover and refrigerate until 30 minutes prior to grilling.

Season meat with hamburger seasoning. Cook hamburgers on hot grill until cooked through, turning once, about 5-6 minutes per side.

Remove burgers to serving platter. Top desired burgers with cheese. Tent to keep warm.

Lightly toast buns. Build your burgers any way you like them – lettuce, tomatoes, red onions. Add your favorite condiments – mustard, mayo, ketchup. Enjoy!

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