For generations, the hamburger has challenged many indoor and outdoor chefs. They are simple in their form — a little ground beef on a bun — but have plenty of possibilities. Additions to the beef, or a freshly baked homemade bun, can make the lowly hamburger a gourmet meal. Add an ethnic ingredient to your ground beef, or apply some regional flavor. For instance; a New Orleans-style blackened burger, a Chicago-style chili burger, or a Tex-Mex burger. The combinations are endless.

Things You'll Need

Combine Ingredients

Heat a grill, indoor or outdoor, to 160 degrees. Combine the cheeses and egg. Combine the beef and sausage. Add the beef mixture to 3/4 cup of the cheese mixture.

Form about six patties, 1/2-inch thick, and place them on the grill. Cook the patties to your preference: rare, medium or well-done. Toast the hamburger buns for about 1 minute.

Combine the extra cheese mixture with the fresh basil and balsamic vinaigrette. Add all prepared ingredients to a toasted bun with lettuce and a tomato slice.

To make the Balsamic vinaigrette, combine the vinegar, mustard and garlic. Gradually pour the oil into the mixture, and whisk continually. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Good side dishes are feta cheese, sliced tomatoes, salad or cold asparagus.


  • Hot Italian sausage spices up the recipe.