Star-Spangled USA Burgers

Here’s a festive & patriotic recipe for the Fourth of July that will be sure to put a smile on all your friends & family’s faces!

~USA Burgers~

yummm..time to dig in!

yummm..time to dig in!

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 8 burgers
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 (4 ounce) packages crumbled blue cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Mix ground beef, red pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl; divide and form into 16 patties. Place 1 ounce blue cheese in the center atop each of 8 of the patties. Top each cheese-topped patty with an unadorned patty, pressing the sides together so the cheese doesn’t fall out.
  3. Cook on the preheated grill until the burgers are cooked to your desired degree of doneness, 7 to 10 minutes per side for well done. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
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~It’s Cinco de Mayo–Let’s Celebrate!! …but why?~

Cinco-de-Mayo   If you’re like most Americans, you look forward to Cinco de Mayo for the happy hour…but do you really know why?  Sure, it’s great fun to head out for tacos/enchiladas/nachos and margaritas on May 5th, but be advised, there really IS more to it than JUST the Mexican food and drinks–here’s why!

**For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas as well.  But Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays.  This day is not Mexico’s independence day.   Mexican independence is celebrated on Sept.16.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.  Mexico had troubles paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt.  Ironically, today Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one.**

So here’s to Cinco!  Let’s Celebrate Victory!!  And…let’s have a grape margarita while we’re at it!!