The Fourth of July is this weekend, so it's past time to start planning the cookout. This week, we'll offer unique recipes that will impress your patriotic party guests. This juicy burger recipe comes from marthastewart.com.
3 pounds ground chuck
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
3 ounces thinly sliced fresh mozzarella, optional
1 tablespoon chopped fresh herb leaves, such as oregano or basil (optional)
12 grape tomatoes, halved (optional)
Vegetable oil, for brushing
6 hamburger buns, such as sesame
Using your hands, combine beef, 3 teaspoons salt, and the pepper in a bowl. Shape into 6 balls. Scoop a heaping tablespoon from center of each; reserve.
Fill each burger with 1/2 ounce mozzarella, 1/2 teaspoon herbs, and 4 tomato halves; season with salt.
Press the reserved meat over filling, pinching to seal. Gently flatten into patties (about 5 inches in diameter). Refrigerate, covered, until cold, about 1 hour.
Preheat grill to medium-high (if using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill for just 3 to 4 seconds). Brush grill and burgers with oil. Grill, flipping once, about 4 minutes per side for rare or 10 minutes per side for well-done. Toast buns, if desired. Serve burgers on buns.