Good Burger

Last week, I shared a recipe for portobello mushroom burgers.  Michael really loved them, but he was initially disappointed because he thought that we were having real beef burgers.

Since South Carolina was playing on Saturday night (a big deal in our house) , I thought that I’d make him some good old-fashioned burgers and fries.

The burgers were topped with a “special sauce” which makes me think of the movie Good Burger every time I say it.

“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the good burger.  Can I take your order?”


Burger with Special Sauce

Serves 2

Active time: 45 minutes

I’ll confess that I didn’t have one of these burgers myself (I had leftover salmon from our lunch at Rippingtons).  However, I can tell you that Michael absolutely loved them and asked to have them again soon.  The sauce, which he compared to the Burger King secret sauce, was the perfect complement to this juicy flavorful burger.  In fact, I’m going to try the sauce on my next veggie burger!

1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
3 teaspoons ketchup, divided (I used Annie’s since it doesn’t contain high-fructose corn syrup)
1 tablespoon Light Vegenaise (light mayo would also work)
1 teaspoon relish
1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
8 ounces lean (90% or leaner) ground beef
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted
2 slices tomato
2 leaves lettuce (any kind)

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Combine onion, garlic, oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup in a small saucepan. Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the onion is softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and let cool for a few minutes.

Combine the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup, mayonnaise, relish and vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Add beef, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper to the onion and gently combine without overmixing. Form into 2 patties, about 3/4 inch thick.

Grill the burgers (make sure the grill rack is sprayed), turning once- about 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Assemble the burgers on toasted buns with the special sauce, tomato slices and lettuce.



This meal was a winner in more ways than one.  Not only did Michael rave about it, but the Gamecocks also won the game!

Did you watch any football games this weekend?  Does anyone else remember the movie Good Burger?  I’m sure that by now you’ve figured out that I’m sort of into pop culture with all of the weird movies and television shows that I reference.

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!




  1. We had burgers, too! But I attempted a homemade veggie burger, and it was pretty good! I need to adjust the seasonings next time, but it was close to perfect! Some special sauce would have helped, too 😉 hope you enjoyed your weekend.

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    The sauce is really good Jenny. You’ll love it! :)

  2. Gotta love a burger, but honestly, that pickle is staring me down. HA :)

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    That doesn’t surprise me one bit! :)

  3. This sounds delicious! I also had to tell you that I made your caramelized corn for our Labor Day picnic (2nd time in a week, it was so good I had to make it again!) and it got rave reviews from everyone to which I gave you the credit of course :) Also made your red cabbage and carrot salad which is a new, so easy to make favorite of mine. Keep the recipes coming! Hope you and Michael had a great weekend!

    thegrassskirt Reply:

    I am so glad that the corn was a hit! It is definitely one of my favorite recipes! :)

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