Pepper Burgers

Growing up my Mom always made home cooked meals.  I can remember so many delicious dishes from my childhood.  I’m so glad I came from parents who knew how to cook.  I give my love for cooking and food credit to them.  My family use to eat home cooked meals almost every single night, all sitting around the dinner table.  I miss that.

This recipe is one that I love and that is very simple to make.  It can be made with either ground beef or even ground turkey.  It’s tender beef burgers with green peppers in a thyme sauce.  Give is a look!

Pepper Burgers

Ingredients:

Burgers:
1.5 lb ground beef
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
2 T water
1/2 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T olive oil

Sauce:
3 cups beef broth, low sodium or no sodium
3 T flour
1 T butter
1/2 T olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 medium green peppers, cut in strips
2 t thyme, dried
2 T Worcestershire Sauce
2 t salt
2 t pepper

Directions: In a medium mixing bowl, add all the burger ingredients (except the olive oil) and mix well with your hands.  (Don’t be afraid to get in there)  From 4 oz patties, (about 6 patties total) You can make them bigger or small if you’d rather.

Heat a large sauté pan on high heat.  Add in the olive oil.  Let heat 3 minutes.  Next add in the burgers and cook about 4 minutes on each side.  Do in batches if your pan isn’t big enough.  You want the burger to be nice and golden brown.  (Note: they won’t be fully cooked through.)  Remove from the pan and set aside.

In that same pan heat 1/2 T olive oil and add in the onion and cook 2-3 minutes.  Add the butter to the onions and let melt.  Next gradually add in the flour, mixing well and letting it cook about 3-4 minutes.  Add in the beef broth next and stir.  Add in the Worcestershire sauce, and season with thyme, salt and pepper. Stir mixture.  Let cook 8-10 minutes on high stirring occasionally until the sauce starts to thicken and is bubbly.

After it starts to thicken, put the burgers back to the pan and add sliced peppers on top and cover and let simmer 20-25 minutes on low.

To serve the burger top with a few pepper slices and the sauce.  Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.  Enjoy!

Note: Feel free to use more broth for more sauce.  We usually make extra sauce since it’s so good.  Just adjust the amount of flour and add some more seasoning.  This is a great make ahead dish.  You can make ahead the burgers and brown them and then finish in the sauce when ready to cook.  Also, the burgers freeze well and so does the sauce.  you can make it and freeze and add in fresh peppers once you reheat.

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