Beef Recipes

A great summer recipe when you are craving a burger. The grilled onions are an added bonus, and you won’t even miss the bun!

Ready in 20 Minutes

Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 leaves of green leaf or butter lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef, divided into 4 hamburger patties
  • 2 medium Italian eggplant
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Prep vegetables:
    • Wash and dry lettuce and set aside.
    • Slice tomatoes and set aside.
    • Slice onion and set aside.
    • Slice eggplant lengthwise into ⅓ inch slices, and brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Add onion to pan, season with salt and pepper, and saute until golden brown and soft. Remove onions from pan and set cooked onions aside.
  3. Grill eggplant over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until tender. Tent grilled eggplant with foil to keep warm while burgers cook.
  4. Return pan used to cook onions to medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to pan. Place seasoned hamburger patties in pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. You could also grill the burgers along with the eggplant.
  5. Assemble burgers: 
    • Top each cooked burger with onions, tomato slices, and avocado slices.
    • Use two or three overlapping lettuce leaves to wrap each burger tightly.
  6. Serve burgers with slices of grilled eggplant.