Friday, April 17, 2015

Saucy Bell Pepper Burgers

Have you ever made a recipe and once you ate it, you thought - "mmmmmmmm, can't wait to make that one again?"  That was this recipe.  It is a new twist on hamburger that is seasoned and then cooked and smothered with a sweet bell pepper sauce.  No need for a bun with this burger - you'll be eating it with a fork .  Serve with a salad or roasted potatoes on the side and BAM!  Dinner is served :)

Saucy Bell Pepper Burgers
Serves 4

For the Sauce:
1 and 1/2 Cups Sweet Bell Peppers, Diced (I used a combo of yellow, orange and red - 1 pepper of each color)
1 and 1/3 Cup Water
1 (10 and 1/2-ounce) Can of Beef Consomme
1 Bay Leaf
1 Tablespoon Whole Wheat Flour 
1/3 Cup Water
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons White Vinegar
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Basil

For the Burgers:
1 lb Lean Ground Beef
1 Teaspoon Chopped Garlic
1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
1 Tablespoon Minced Onion

Step 1:  In a skillet, add the bell peppers and 1 and 1/3 cups water, beef consomme and bay leaf.  Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer, uncovered for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 2:  While the peppers are simmering, prepare your burgers.  In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the burgers.  Divide into 4 portions and shape into hamburgers.  Cook the hamburgers however you usually do.  I grilled mine.

Step 3:  In a small bowl, combine the flour and remaining 1/3 cup water.  Whisk until smooth.  Remove the bay leaf from the bell pepper sauce and then pour the flour mixture into the pepper mixture and stir to combine.  Add the basil and vinegar, stir to combine and simmer for 1 or 2 minutes - until combined and the sauce has thickened.

Step 4:  To serve, spoon the bell pepper sauce over the hamburgers.  Enjoy!

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