#MemorialDayFood Round 3: Dinner

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Hawaiian Stuffed Cheeseburgers with Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Apples

Part three to the Memorial Day Food Adventure is exciting. Stealing once again from Food Network Magazine (I love my job), I’ve decided to “stuff” some grilled hamburgers with cheese. Making the recipe my own a bit, I’m adding teriyaki sauce and sliced, grilled pineapple. On the side, something I’ve made a few times before, a simple roasted sweet potato & apple mix that I got from one of my favorite food blogs, Budget Bytes.

The burgers were fairly simple and straight-forward. I took a small wad of shredded cheese and stuffed it into the middle of the burgers that I had made into big meatballs and folded the meat around it. After securing all the cheese all that was left was flattening them out and letting them rest. They wen’t on the grill over high heat with several slices of pineapple, turning each once after about 6 minutes. Once turned, I basted with a sauce I made from teriyaki and honey and let cook another 5 minutes. The burgers were fairly thick so this made for a nice medium rare hamburger and nicely grill-marked pineapple. I finished these babies off by toasting the buns in the oven and frying up some onions in a skillet with some olive oil and the remainder of the teriyaki glaze.

I’ve made this stuff before and it’s wonderful. A nice recipe you can find Here. It’s a quick chop of the sweet potato and apples, a quick toss in some EVOO and some spices of your choice and then about 45 minutes roasting in the oven. The thing I did differently this time was..I burned them a bit. Still tasty, though, as the sweetness of the sweet potatoes had oozed and carmelized.

While still not the highlight of the day, these burgers were everything I had hoped for and then a little bit more. I love pineapple on my burgers and in the end the entire thing came out to be reasonably healthy. Lucky for us I made up enough hamburgers for dinner Tuesday night and lunch for me on Wednesday. I’ll take it!


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