published Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Braly: Make burgers with extra basil

If your garden, like mine, is filled with excessive basil, here’s a recipe that was featured in Taste of Home’s top-10 burgers. I’ve never had basil on a burger. It looks pretty, but I’m not so sure about the taste. However, I’m willing to try. Let me know what you think:

Basil Burgers

1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, minced

1/4 cup minced red onion

1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs

1/4 cup dry red wine

1 to 2 teaspoons garlic salt

2 pounds lean ground beef (90-percent lean)

8 slices Monterey Jack cheese, optional

Lettuce and tomato, optional

8 hamburger buns, split

In a large bowl, combine the basil, onion, bread crumbs, wine and garlic salt. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into eight patties. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160 F. Top with cheese and garnish with lettuce and tomato, if desired. Serve on buns. Makes 8 servings.

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