7th Heaven Bar Burgers

7th Heaven“You have to go through the slum in Sector 6 to get to Tifa’s 7th Heaven.  I’ll take you there.  Come on!”

—Aeris Gainsborough, FFVII

  • 12 oz. ground chuck, 85% lean
  • ½ tbsp. onion powder
  • ½ tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 4 slices of whole-grain bread, or two hamburger buns
  • 2 1-oz. slices of pepper jack cheese
  • 1 onion, sliced thick
  • 1 tomato, washed and sliced thin
  • Lettuce, washed and torn into pieces

Remove the meat from the fridge and bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes.  In a bowl, combine meat, onion powder, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix lightly, being careful not to overwork the meat.

Shape into two patties, each approximately 4 inches across.  Using the back of a spoon, put a dimple into the center of each patty.  Spread light coat of olive oil on each side of the patties, and salt and pepper them to taste.  Butter the bread on one side.

Prepare a grill for high heat.  Place burgers directly over heat and cook for 3 minutes, covered.  Flip and cook for an additional 2½ minutes, covered.  Add a slice of cheese to each burger.  Cover and cook for 30 seconds.

Remove burgers to a plate and tent with aluminum foil, being careful not to let the foil touch the cheese to prevent sticking.  Let rest, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, grill onion and bread, about a minute on each side.  Continue cooking onion until golden and soft.

Arrange bread with the buttered side down and place each burger on a slice of bread.  Top with grilled onion, tomato, and lettuce.  Makes 2 cheeseburgers.

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