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Open to vegetarians too! Any kind of burger. How about a portobello mushroom burger?
One aspect I do adore about Rachael Ray is that she makes fast food accessible at home that is a healthier version than takeout. I never ever considered making my own burgers until I saw her do it over and over on TV and thought, hey, maybe I can do that? There is no doubt that if you make a hamburger at home it is going to be healthier than if you buy it at a fast food chain. I thought making our own burgers might be a great place to begin with my free and fun foodie cooking club.
I am not going to put up one single recipe for you to follow because I have a feeling there will be people out there who will want to make a vegetarian version, a chicken version, a low-fat version…. and that’s totally OK! If you already have a burger recipe you love and want to share on your blog, go for it! So everyone who wants to give making their own hamburgers a shot just cook them up, take some pictures (or don’t) and put it on your blog by Monday April 20th and then add a direct link to your blog here.
I probably will make mine this week and share the basics with you here so that you have some instruction and feel more comfortable giving it a try. Who says that grilling/frying up hamburgers is something that only guys can do? I intend to become quite a grilling queen this summer and hopefully even move to the barbecue to break the stereotype that outdoor cooking is just for the guys!
Here are some hamburger suggestions in case you do not know where to begin. I will be following Rachael Ray’s Big Mac fakeout recipe. I will not be doing the chillies and mayo idea though, I’m going for the classic Big Mac not-so-secret sauce, LOL. I probably will only be doing one patty too, I can only handle so much red meat. Rachael Ray has plenty of burgers to choose from on her site too. Most of the Food Network guys just put meat together with no spices in it, boring! Rachael Ray really seems to be the queen of burgers. If you want to go chicken, you can swap the hamburger for ground chicken to a lot of her recipes. For vegetarians you can check out the long list of recipes at AllRecipes.com.
If you’re wondering what to make as a side dish, I recommend the Neelys Potato Salad. I think I might also try Sunny Anderson‘s Sweet Potato and Celery Root Fries. They are oven baked and super spicy and I have never tried celery root before. Hope my grocery store has it!
So who is with me?! Who would like to try making their own hamburgers with me? Who is going to join my foodie club and my homemade hamburger challenge?