In The Kitchen: Celebrate Fourth with tasty burgers

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By Robin McDaniel
Blount Today

Family traditions are important when our families gather to celebrate the Fourth of July. We will be invading the home of my brother Steven Davis and his wife, Melissa, for our July 4th celebration.

Melissa will have the flag of our country ready and flying on the front porch. Before we can dig into the food, she will have us stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

We always look forward to Melissa’s sister, Micki Whitehead, singing the "Star Spangled Banner" for us.

When it’s time for Fourth food, it’s hard to be more American than burgers. These two boast an independence from boredom as they have a little "zest" to them. Enjoy both the Bacon Wrapped Burgers and the Sour Cream Burgers at your family gathering.

Bacon Wrapped

1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion chopped
1 Tablespoon ketchup
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper
6 slices bacon

In a large bowl, mix together onion, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper and cheese. Crumble in the ground beef and mix by hand. Form into 6 patties and wrap a slice of bacon around each one. Secure bacon with toothpicks. Grill as usual and remove toothpicks before serving on hamburger buns.

Sour Cream Burgers

2 lbs. ground beef or chuck
1 cup sour cream
1 (1 oz.) envelope dry onion soup mix
1/2 cup dry crumbs
1/2 tsp. salt and pepper

In large bowl mix all ingredients by hand. Refrigerate while you heat up the grill so the flavors have a chance to blend. Form patties and grill until done.

If hotdogs are on your menu, try this topping for a little zest:

Zesty Cheese Dogs

1 1/2 cups shredded Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack Cheese
1 cup seeded, chopped tomato
3 Tablespoons chopped onion
2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
8 hot dogs
8 buns

Combine cheese, tomato, onion and relish in a bowl. Place hot dogs in buns and top with mixture. Wrap hot dogs in double layer foil. Grill, uncovered, over medium-hot heat or until heated through (about 8 to 10 minutes) and cheese is melted.

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