I love cooking. However, any opportunity to maximize on flavor and minimize effort is greatly appreciated. In the same amount of time as an episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, you too could have a low-maintenance, high-flavored dinner! When I don't have a lot of time, I like to make patties. You can eat them as burgers now, then have the leftovers with some roasted veggies or a salad later on. The combinations are endless. Whenever my boyfriend and I make these, I use ground turkey, while he opts for beef. You could also substitute the meat with a portobello mushroom seasoned to your liking if you want a vegan or vegetarian option. They take no time to create and are extremely delicious.

Ingredients

1-2 lbs meat, ground 1 jalapeno, minced (optional but that extra kick is deelish) 4 cloves garlic, minced grilled meat seasoning 2 tbsps fresh oregano, chopped 1 egg 1-2 tbsps bread crumbs Cheese (I love gruyère) 1/2 large red onion, diced Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings

Avocado 

Tomato 

Ground mustard 

Raw onions 

Caramelized onions 

Lettuce 

Spinach 

Cheese 

Turkey bacon

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and work into meat evenly (no ingredient pockets). I grate a few pieces of gruyere directly into the meat for delicious cheesy bites. The egg will help keep everything together so that you can form the patties. Set aside. Turn your grill to medium heat and spray generously with cooking spray. Try coconut oil cooking spray for a subtle coconut flavor. Place patties a few inches apart and grill for about 15-20 minutes. If the internal temperature meets 165 degrees Fahrenheit, it's done. I generally cook my patties a little past 165 degrees.

Toast buns, assemble and devour.

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