Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
This is a neat recipe adapted from Rachel Ray's magazine that kids of all ages will ooh and aah at. Center this baby on a platter and surround it with bowls of toppings and condiments (sliced onions, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup, mustard, etc.) so everyone can add their personal favorites. Serve alongside a big basket of fries or bowl of potato chips, and DIG IN!
- 1 (8 inch) round loaf bread
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1⁄3 lbs ground beef
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 -8 slices American cheese (optional)
- 1⁄4 cup thousand island dressing (I use homemade burger sauce)
- 6 large iceberg lettuce leaves, shredded
- Preheat the broiler. Slicing horizontally through the middle of the bread, cut out a 1/2 inch thick layer and discard, reserving the top and bottom layers. Brush the cut sides with 1 tablespoon olive oil; broil until golden.
- In a large bowl, combine beef with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the salt. Place on a plate and shape into a ball; flatten into a nine inch patty.
- Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Transfer the burger to the skillet and cook until browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Using a large spatula, flip the burger and cook 3 to 4 minutes more, adding cheese slices during last few minutes of cooking.
- Spread the dressing or burger sauce on the toasted bread bottom and top. Slide the burger onto the bread bottom; top with the shredded lettuce and the bread top. Cut into wedges and serve.