ALL-AMERICAN BURGERS WITH A ZING
4 to 6 servings
To prepare hamburger mixture, combine ground beef, onion, chili sauce, desired "rub", garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl, mixing well. Shape mixture into 4 to 6 equal-size patties; set aside while preparing mushrooms, if desired. Sauté mushrooms slices in a large skillet in about 1 to 2 teaspoons hot olive oil or other cooking oil or melted butter or margarine over moderate heat until just tender.
Or, arrange mushroom slices on a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil on a grill rack, about 10 inches above heat source; slow to medium charcoal coals (ash gray and glowing) or a gas grill set at medium setting. Add oil or butter. Grill until tender, turning frequently and basting occasionally.
Pan-fry, broil, or grill burgers as desired about 6 to 7 minutes total for medium rare and about 8 to 9 minutes total for medium-done burgers, turning each once. (Pan-fry burgers over moderate heat. Broil burgers about 6 to 8 inches from heat source. Grill burgers over medium hot (charcoal) coals or medium setting of a gas grill, about 8 inches above heat source.) Add a mushroom slice to the top of each burger. Serve burgers in toasted buns or on toasted slices of French or Italian bread. Top each with desired condiments and relishes. Garnish as desired.
Variation: Top each cooked burger with a slice of cheese or shredded cheese of choice and broil or grill until cheese is melted.
Memphis-style Barbecue Rub
All-American-style Barbecue Rub I
All-American-style Barbecue Rub II
Combine desired barbecue rub ingredients together in a small bowl, mixing well. May store any unused barbecue rub in a airtight container in a dark cool dry area for future use.