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Cola Burgers (5/28/2010)

Cola Burgers

2 eggs, beaten
1 cup cola
1 cup crushed saltine crackers
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
¾ cup French Salad dressing
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 lbs. ground beef
12 slices cheese, Swiss, cheddar, provolone, Monterey cheese, etc.
2 tomatoes, sliced
12 Hamburger buns

In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, ground beef, ½ cup cola, crackers, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, 1/4 cup French salad dressing, and Parmesan cheese. Mix gently. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Pour remaining cola and salad dressing into a separate bowl, and mix well (refrigerate until ready to grill.)

When ready to grill, form meat into 12 patties.

Oil grill grate. Heat grill to medium. Grill burgers 5-6 minutes per side. Baste with salad dressing mixture every 2 minutes. In the last couple of minutes, top with cheese slices. Serve with sliced tomatoes and lettuce.

Cremer's ground beef, ground fresh several times daily, is on sale through Sunday, May 30th, 2010 for $2.89 lb.

This week's recommended wine from Van's Liquor Store in East Dubuque-Gabbiano Chianti, $4.99 750ml bottle through Monday, May 31st, 2010

Jeff Jansen's Sangria Recipe:

3 cups Chianti or other fruity red wine
1 cup Brandy
¼ cup Orange flavored Liqueur (triple sec)
1 orange, sliced
1 lime, sliced, optional
1 lemon, sliced, optional
1 apple, cored anddiced
8 fresh raspberries
2 cups club soda, chilled

In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients, except club soda. Cover tightly and refrigerate 3 hours to let flavors meld. Pour ¾ cup sangria mixture into each of 8 wine glasses, dividing fruit equally. Top each glass with ¼ cup club soda. Serve immediately.

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