Taco Burgers with Cilantro Onion Mayo, Avocado & "Pickled" Grape Tomatoes

Summertime and grilling! They just go together so well. I think I've said that before. . . . . or something similar. I LOVE Summertime. And when you see the views below that I was able to see this past weekend, you'll see why I love Summer so much.

 I have seen so many sunsets, and lake pictures and beach pictures from friends & family on social media. We ALL love Summertime don't we? I wanted to experiment with a burger recipe to take with us to a friend's lakeside spot for some grillin' I'm not going to pretend like I know how to grill. I don't. I think at one point that was actually on my 50 before Fifty list. I don't think it stayed there. Maybe I should add it back and take one of the other things off. SO, this is for the hamburger recipe only. You guys are gonna have to figure out the grilling yourself.   Besides, we all like it a little different, right?  I've heard some people say they like their meat to "Moo!" and then others like it burned so much it's hardly recognizable. Prepare these burgers in your home kitchen and then bring them with you on your next outing. (Make sure you take proper precautions to keep them chilled at a safe temperature and follow all food-handling precautions.)

Here's what we used:
1.25 pounds 70/30 ground beef

2 Tablespoons finely chopped green pepper
1 ounce colby jack cheese, finely chopped or shredded

1 packet dry onion soup mix
1/4 teaspoon cumin (one of my absolute favorite kitchen spice pantry favorites!)
1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 clove of garlic, minced or pressed

1 egg

Ingredients for Seasoned Mayo
2 Tablespoons Mayo
1 stalk green onions, snipped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic powder

Ingredients for "Pickled Grape Tomatoes"
4 grape tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 - 2 drops rice vinegar

1/4 avocado, sliced

4 buns, we used whole wheat

Directions to make hamburger patties
Place ground beef in a large bowl.

Add green pepper, cheese, onion soup mix, cumin, dried cilantro, garlic powder and minced garlic to meat.

Mix with a large spoon, chopping down into the meat and making sure to bring meat up from bottom of bowl so that everything is mixed completely.  I stirred and mixed for about 2 - 3 minutes.  You want everything to stick together pretty well.

Add egg and incorporate all the way throughout meat mixture.

Press meat down into bowl and make the top flat.

Divide into four equal sections and take each section out to form patty.
Refrigerate until ready to grill.

Remember to use safe-handling practices. Wash your hands before and after touching meat and clean all surfaces.

Directions for Cilantro Onion Mayo:
Place mayonnaise in small container.
Add green onions, cilantro, garlic powder and black pepper.
Stir well.
Refrigerate until use.

Directions for "Pickled" grape tomatoes:
Place sliced grape tomatoes in small container.
Place drop or two of rice vinegar on tomatoes.
Close container and shake.
Keep refrigerated until use.

Nom, nom!

Hope you guys are having a great Summer so far!

What is your favorite Burger?

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