Hamburgers are just the ticket sometimes. I love a great burger. For the short time I lived in California I remember eating some wildly wonderful ones – covered in avocados with fresh tomato and just the right lettuce leaf. The buns were so fresh. There was one place in Marin County where I ate my first California hamburger and I clearly remember the marvel of it all. It was like seeing a shooting star for the very first time. You just can’t quite grasp all of God’s wonder. And believe me, God is in hamburgers – particularly ones that are just right.
I came across a magazine, Mary Janes’ Farm, published by Mary Jane Butters. I have worshipped her from afar for years and I never knew her magazine existed. Flipping through an issue, there was an article about hamburgers. Of course my eyes devoured each recipe and last week I decided I needed to make one of those recipes.
This particular recipe called for chopped green olives to mixed in with the hamburger meat. After you cooked the burger you melt a slice of cheddar cheese on top and then serve the whole thing on a toasted roll with a smear of mayonnaise. My friend, Meredith and I each ate one and decided they were just OK. There were two remaining so I froze them.
Last night, with nothing in mind for dinner I defrosted those two burgers and decided to try something different. Instead of Cheddar cheese, I used Feta. At Meredith’ suggestion I used a pepper relish as a condiment along with the mayonnaise.
This burger was sublime.It’s easy. Buy a pound of hamburger. I always buy ground chuck because it is just so delicious and terrible for you. Chop up a cup of green olives with pimentos and mix it thoroughly into the meat. Grill the burger, add a thick slab of feta and let it melt, toast your roll and put your condiments on the roll – mayo on the top, pepper relish on the bottom.