Sunday, May 29, 2011

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a Hamburger today... a memorial day Sunday Dinner

The beginning of Summer... Memorial Day Weekend!

Flags are flying, pools are open, parade routes are set, the smell of sunscreen is in the air!
 Its Memorial Day Weekend folks

BBQ grills around the country are firing up, some I'm sure for the first time this season! 

And the quest for the perfect burger is underway! We have a new tradition in the familia... the 1st annual Memorial Day Burger Off!

We have separated into 3 teams, Myself and the Tiny Diva... Chef and one teenager... and The biggest teen and Critter... the winner will receive... the ultimate burger trophy! {or a photo of a burger trophy}

Supplies have been purchased and the kitchen is set... its every team for itself!

And while I'm awaiting my turn at the grill... here is a fantastic burger recipe I found while searching for my winning recipe! I hope you enjoy!


courtesy of


  • 1 large eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Zest of 1 lemon, plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 plain or whole-wheat buns
  • Fresh goat or feta cheese, crumbled


  1. Heat a grill to medium-high. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Brush eggplant with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill eggplant, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and coarsely chop. In a medium bowl, toss eggplant with mint and lemon zest and juice.
  2. In another medium bowl, mix lamb, cumin, and coriander. Form into 4 patties. Season with salt and pepper. Grill 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Serve burgers on buns with eggplant mixture and crumbled goat cheese.

Tips from Momma...

*a great side with this would be a cous cous salad... or A medley of yucca, beet, and sweet potato chips YUM!
*if you don't want to grill these... they will be just as good inside on the stove, and Martha even suggests you can use one skillet if you cook your eggplant first! 

Happy Memorial Day Friends!
Hug a Vet today, and say thank you...

Be good to each other!
♥ Tawny

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