I found this recipe for Corn, Tomato, Feta & Basil Salad on Pinterest in the Spring. I knew I’d be trying it this Summer with some fresh corn. I was a little worried about the flavor combinations and it being a hot dish but it was delicious! As you can see from my inferior picture, I did not use cherry tomatoes. I had plum ones in the house so I seeded and chopped those and used basil from the hubs’ herb garden. I highly recommend this recipe.
I served the salad with the best hamburgers I’ve ever made. And I’ve made some pretty good hamburgers in my life. Flavorful hamburgers will all kinds of stuff in them: Monterey Jack Turkey Burgers, Turkey Stuffing Burgers, Pacific Rim Turkey Burgers, Inside-Out Beef Bacon Cheeseburgers, hamburgers with a little ranch dressing and freshly grated pepper mixed in, etc. The burgers I made tonight were just plain ole 80/20 ground beef, but the way I cooked them made all the difference in the world!
When I make burgers, I split 1 lb of ground beef into 4-6 burgers, depending upon how much other stuff I put in them. Tonight, I divided the 1 lb of ground meat into 8 balls. I have a panini press that opens up completely flat and came with both griddle and grill plates. I opened that thing up, put on the griddle plates and heat up to sear/425 degrees. Than I put the back, flat side of my bash ‘n chop kitchen tool on top of a ground beef ball and hit it with my meat mallet, smashing the ball into a cardboard thin patty. I saw this technique used on a show last night. A gentleman was touring the US, visiting the best burger joints. One of the places flattened their burgers like this and served 2 on a bun with 1 slice of cheese in-between. Then they fried the burgers in a pot of grease that is over 100 years old! I cooked mine on my dry griddle plates. The burgers weren’t handled much because I wasn’t mixing anything into them and being so flat, they cooked in a flash. That’s what contributed to the tastiness. 2 patties with a slice of American cheese in between them on a potato hamburger roll and we all agreed they were the best burgers we’d ever had. I am going to make burgers like this from now on!