Got cheese? Feta-stuffed burgers

Brandon Ashton, Contributing Writer

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Picture this: it is a Friday evening; you and your friends all get together for your weekly dinner, and it is your turn to cook. Burgers are a good idea but seem too simple. Let’s face it, you have been crushing on your friend for a while and you really want your cooking to impress. Well, Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, and these simple yet delicious stuffed burgers will radiate with culinary prowess.

Ingredients for eight burgers:
1 pound ground beef
3 cups ground feta cheese
1 onion
3 cups mushrooms
1 tablespoon walnut oil
3 tomatoes
1 head of lettuce
balsamic glaze
cracked pepper

1. Take a small portion of raw ground beef and shape it flat and round

2. Take a pinch of feta and place it in the center of the meat so that there is a good 1/4 inch between it and the edge of the meat. Place a second portion of meat on top of the cheese and flatten it out until it envelops all the cheese.  Work both portions together to create one patty, flattening it to about 1 — 1 ½ inches thick. When sizing your burgers, remember that they will shrink when you cook them.

3. Heat the walnut oil on medium-high on a stove. Once the oil is sizzling, place the patties in the pan, making sure not to overcrowd them. Sprinkle the pepper on them to taste

4. Sear each side for about 30 seconds, then turn the heat down to medium and let the burgers cook, flipping them so they cook evenly. Remember, these are thick parties and will take longer to cook than normal ones.

5. While the burgers are cooking, slice the tomatoes and peel the lettuce for burger toppings, but be sure to keep checking on your burgers.

6. Once the patties are cooked, remove them, but keep the liquid oil and fat in the pan. Place your sliced mushrooms and onions in the pan and let them cook on medium heat. Once they are cooked to taste, pour out the liquid and set aside the mushrooms and onions for toppings.

7. Place the patties on a plate and drizzle the balsamic glaze over them. Not only for taste, this also makes them look pretty and professional. Have everyone gather round, make a burger and enjoy!

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