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Is there anything more satisfying than a homemade hamburger? How about a hamburger with cheese…and bacon! This Ultimate Cheeseburger is flavourful, filling and, of course, CHEESY! The beef patties are simply prepared with only a few spices and no binder. My favourite part? They’re grilled and topped with copious amounts of cheddar cheese. For the sauce, there’s a delicious roasted garlic mayo and then the burgers are garnished with goodies like tomato, thinly sliced onion, pickle and crispy bacon. Get grillin’ with this easy homemade hamburger; you’re going to love it!
Hey guys! How’s it going? Guess what? Today I’m bringing you another fabulous recipe featuring Canadian cheese! This is not just any recipe; it’s an Ultimate Cheeseburger featuring Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar from Prince Edward Island. This cheese is near and dear to my heart. Why? Because Prince Edward Island is one of Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, and so is the Province I’m from, Newfoundland & Labrador. As a child, my family and I would visit Prince Edward Island and we always had the best time!
On our visits to Prince Edward Island I would always (practically daily) visit Cows (ice cream shop). The aromatic smell in there would knock you off your feet. So good! Yes, I was food obsessed even as a kid. Not much has changed, lol. And their logo of the cow is just the cutest.
All this talk of Prince Edward Island reminds me that hubby and I should visit soon with so we can start creating some new memories (with furry child too, of course).
Homemade Hamburger with Cheese
Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar is made, as mentioned, in Prince Edward Island by Cows Creamery. If you’ve ever been to Prince Edward Island you know how beautiful it is. There are rolling hills, ocean almost everywhere you look and red, iron rich soil.
Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar is an award-winning cheese that is aged for 14 months. When I say award winning, I mean lots of awards ever since 2008! For example, Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar won four awards in 2016 alone, two of which were ‘Canada’s Cheese of the Year’ and ‘North America’s Best Clothbound Cheddar’. I can understand why it’s so popular! It’s an all natural, unpasteurized cheese made with milk from Holstein cows from local farms. Because there is ocean all around, the salt air and rich soil contributes to the wonderful full bodied flavour of this firm cheese. When you bite into it, it’s what you would expect from a high quality cheddar – so good!
What makes for a Delicious Homemade Hamburger?
Like most burgers, this recipe is super easy to prepare. I don’t like to mess around too much with the beef. For the patties, there is just a simple touch of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne. They’re formed into 4 ounce patties and grilled for just a few minutes per side. Then, it’s the fun part! Garnish with lots of Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar. This is a ‘cheese’ burger after all, right?
I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy mayo on my burger. Yes, mayo. I amped this one up with roasted garlic. Have you had? Roasting garlic mutes the flavour a tad and what you’re left with is a lovely hum of garlic flavour. It makes for quite the delicious match to those cheesy burgers. If you prefer to use a different sauce, feel free! Ketchup, relish or mustard would work great too!
For me, a good homemade hamburger should have three pivotal things – quality cheese, good meat and a toasted bun. The rest is important, but can be adjusted to tastes. My father is a burger purist, meaning he likes meat and bun…ok, maybe a touch of relish or mustard. Me, on the other hand, live for those toppings. They give the burger personality shall we say. What’s your favourite toppings to use on a homemade hamburger? Have you ever tried anything weird or different? One of my other favourite ways to enjoy one is with peanut butter, jam and bacon. Yes, that combo. No judgement, my friends. It’s good just like this Ultimate Cheeseburger.
How fun would it be to have a burger bar? Next time you have family and friends over, arrange a bunch of toppings on the table, along with condiments and a variety of buns. Grill the burgers and let everyone customize their burger to how they like. Don’t forget lots and lots of Canadian cheese – there’s so much to choose, but this Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar is a great place to start!
Hubby and I are taking a little vacation so see you back here next week! Until then, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂
- 16 oz ground beef -I used lean, about 1 pound
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper -optional
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 3/4 tsp salt -or to taste
- 1/2 cup Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar -shredded
- sliced red onion
- sliced tomato
- pickle slices
- 4 slices crispy bacon -I used all natural, thick cut (optional)
- 2 hamburger buns -toasted
Roasted Garlic Mayo (optional)
- 1 head garlic
- pinch salt -for roasting garlic and for sauce
- pinch black pepper -for roasting garlic and for sauce
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- To cook bacon (if using), place on a grill on a parchment lined baking sheet in a 400F oven for 25-30 minutes, turning once (I like my bacon crispy).
- For the burger patties, in a large bowl combine meat, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne and black pepper and mix to combine. Don't overmix. Form into four 4oz (about 1/2 cup each or 115g each) patties. Season one side with salt to taste.
- Heat grill to about 400F and cook patties about 4-5 minutes. Flip and season other side with salt to taste and cook another 4-5 minutes or until cooked through.
- For each burger, place roughly 1/2 tbsp. of the roasted garlic mayo on bottom bun. Then, do the same for the top bun.
- Now to assemble! I layered onion, pickle, greens, beef patty, bacon and tomato. Enjoy!
Roasted Garlic Mayo (optional)
- To roast garlic - slice top of garlic bulb so all cloves are exposed. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper and 1/2 tsp of olive oil. Wrap in foil and bake on 400F for 35-40 minutes. Carefully remove from oven and carefully open from foil.
- In a small food processor add mayo, lemon, salt, pepper and garlic cloves (squeeze each clove from outer skin). Blend until smooth and combined.