I often get asked "do you make everything from scratch?" The answer is definitely not. There is one thing though that I do always make from scratch and that is hamburger patties for the grill. Fresh ground beef, with onions and seasoning...you just can't beat it. And the nice part is you can make and freeze them to have on hand for a quick hot summer's night BBQ.
Not too long ago we called friends rather late in the day to come for supper. I ran to the grocery store to pick up buns and they were all out. I looked around the bakery and spotted one of those garlic breads in a foil bag and added it to my basket. Who remembers eating at Mr Mike's restaurant in the 70's? They would grill the best burgers and then lay the patties on toasted garlic bread. My guests reminded me of that when we bit into these yummy slices of burger loaf, and we all agreed it was a taste from the past.
- 1 loaf purchased garlic bread
- 4 hamburger patties
- BBQ sauce
- 4 tbsp mayonnaise
- 4 tbsp spreadable cream cheese (plain, or flavoured, I used jalapeno cream cheese)
- 4 large slices cheese of your choice (suggestions: cheddar, provolone, pepper jack, mozzarella)
- fillings of your choice (sauteed mushrooms and onions, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, pickles)
- condiments served on the side
- While burgers are grilling, prepare garlic loaf and toppings.
- Open up loaf ( I like to take a little bit of the butter off if it's too heavily spread).
- Stir together mayonnaise and cream cheese. Spread over garlic butter.
- Saute mushrooms and onions if using.
- Brush burgers with BBQ sauce and top with cheese near the end of grilling.
- Place garlic loaf on a baking sheet and place under oven broiler until toasted to your liking.
- Place grilled burger patties along toasted bread. Top with toppings of your choosing. Slice on the diagonal and serve with condiments on the side.