Sunday, May 27, 2012

Granny Smith Cheeseburgers

Most of my favorite recipes I make over and over again, including the ones that I've featured here, harken back to my childhood in one way or another.  Whether it be trying to recreate something my grandma made or just using an ingredient that my mom always used to make, my cooking usually goes back to my childhood roots.  I'm guessing if food was a big part of your childhood, it does for you too.  When I was given the opportunity to create a recipe post using Kraft Singles I jumped at the chance because I've been eating and cooking with Kraft Singles for as long as I can remember.  Not one single grilled cheese sandwich or cheeseburger in this house is made with something other than good ol' American.  I think I may even have responded to the opportunity with the statement "Are you kidding me?  I have the Costco size box of Kraft Singles!"  I may have even offered up pictures as proof.  You know, just in case they thought I was lying ;)

This cheeseburger recipe I'm sharing today is ridiculously easy and is one we've made several times when we wanted something just a tad different than the usual.  It's Americana mixed with a tinge of fanciful novelty.  You'll both impress and delight your guests if you grill these babies up at your next BBQ, I promise you that.  My father in law is a tough critic and he admitted to me last night that these were in fact "dang good burgers."   
Granny Smith Cheeseburgers (makes 4 large size burgers):
1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 granny smith apple finely chopped + 1 thinly sliced for topping
Salt & Pepper
4 Kraft Singles & Buns

Mix up the ground beef and chopped granny smith apples, add salt and pepper to taste.  Shape into 4 1/4 lb patties and grill as desired, topping with a slice of Kraft Singles in the last minute of grilling.  Add your condiments on your bun (I prefer just mustard with this kind of cheeseburger), and add a slice or two of granny smith apple.   
The cheese melts perfectly on the patty and the sharpness of the cheese mixed with the tartness of the apple and savory meat is quite possibly the perfect combination.  I especially love that I don't have to worry about messing with slicing up tomatoes, lettuce, onions and all that.  This burger really does taste best nice and simple with just the sliced apple serving as your only topping.

As always, please let me know if you give these a try.  It would be the perfect new cheeseburger to try for Memorial Day tomorrow. 

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a coupon for free Kraft Singles and a stipend.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

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