This recipe makes 4 quarter-pound burgers.
— 1 pound ground beef (I prefer ground round/chuck, but truthfully, any kind can be used)
— 1/2 cup of chopped onion
— 1/4 cup of chopped sweet pepper (yellow, orange, red or even green will do)
— 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
— 1/2 tsp. onion salt
— 1/4 cup of tomato catsup
— 4 tsp. ground, red chili powder (mild or hot, it doesn't matter)
— 1/3 cup of lime or lemon juice
— 4 slices of cheddar or monteray jack cheese
— 4 sturdy rolls or buns
Optional: — fresh avocado
— sliced tomatoes
— sliced raw or carmelized onions
1. Mix together well the beef, chopped onion and sweet pepper, salts, catsup and half, or 2 tsp. of the red chili power. 2. Shape into 4 thick patties. 3. Cook thoroughly until the juices are brown. NOTE: The burgers can be broiled or fried inside or grilled outside on the gas/coal barbeque. But, from my own experience, step #4 is best completed in a hot frying pan on a stove. 4. Put the cooked burger patties in a hot frying pan and immediately sprinkle the remaining 2 tsp. of red chili power on the burgers and the lime/lemon juice. Allow it to sizzle briefly (approx. 30-45 seconds) on both sides. Top each pattie with a slice of cheese and allow it to slightly melt. 5. Put each burger in a bun and add condiments and toppings as desired. We like to top ours with mashed, fresh avocado, tomato slices, carmelized onions and lettuce. EAT AND ENJOY!!