Lazy Sunday Loaf’n Around Burger


Burger Patties

1 pound ground chuck
1 pound ground sirloin
2 tablespoons Zinfandel
3/4 cup crushed cheese flavored crackers (such as Cheez Its)
3 tablespoons ketchup
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/3 cup minced sweet onion
1 egg
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon grey poupon mustard
1/2 tsp. hot salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Loaf’n Around Sauce

1 cup Mircle Whip
1/3 cup French Dressing (red kind)
1/3 cup hot pickle relish
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspooonshot pepper sauce

6 slices of Sharp Cheddar cheese

Olive Oil, for brushing on the grill rack and lettuce leaves
Hot salt for sprinkling on lettuce leaves
6 Potato Buns
6 Romaine lettuce leaves
6 (1/4 inch thick) large tomato slices



Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.

To make the Loaf’n around sauce combine all ingredients set aside and chill.

To make the burger patties, combine the chuck, sirloin, Zinfandel, crackers, ketchup, garlic, onion, egg, parsley, mustard. salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit your rolls.

When the grill is ready, brush the grill with the olive oil. Place the burger patties on the rack, cover and cook, turning once, until done to preference, 7-9 minutes on each side for medium. During the final minutes of grilling, brush romaine lettuce leaves with olive oil and sprinkle with hot salt. Place lettuce on outer edge of grill and grill alongside patties for 1-2 minutes, turning as necessary. During final minute of grilling, add sharp cheddar cheese to burgers until melted. When lettuce is slightly crisp and slightly charred remove from the grill. When cheese is melted remove burger patties from grill set aside for a moment. Place split potatoe buns, cut side down, on the outer edge of the grill rack to toast lightly.

To assemble the burgers, spread a generous amount of Loaf’n around sauce over the cut sides of the roll. On each bottom, place a grilled lettuce leaf, a crisp tomato slice, a burger patty, add the roll top and serve.