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According to The Illustrated History of the Hamburger, the burger was not a sudden birth, but evolved from a love of steak tartare. German seafarers acquired a taste for steak tartare in Russia where legend has it Mongol horseman enjoyed their beef raw, tenderizing it by placing it under their saddles. The delicacy became popular in Hamburg, Germany where eventually it was cooked, and brought to the United States by German immigrants. Once in the United States, it quickly became food for the masses. As Tennyson expresses, “The real American icon is not apple pie. It’s the hamburger.
- 1 1/2 lb
- lean ground beef
- 1/4 c
- 1/4 c
- steak sauce
- vidalia onion, cut into 4 slices (1/2- inch thick)
- salt, to taste
- 4 slice
- (1 ounce each) swiss cheese
- crusty rolls, split and toasted
- leaves lettuce
How to Make Brew Burgers
- 1Combine beer and steak sauce in a 1 cup glass measure.
Cover and microwave on HIGH for about 1 1/2 minutes or until bubbly.
- 2Lightly shape ground beef into four 3/4- thick patties. Place patties in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Place onion around patties.
- 3Grill, uncovered, 13 to 15 minutes to medium (160 degrees F) doneness, until no pink remains and onions are tender, turning once. Season with salt.
About 2 minutes before patties are done, brush generously with sauce, then top with cheese.
Serve burgers and onion in rolls with lettuce and sauce.
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