Yesterday I spent a few afternoon hours working on something for an upcoming post and, before I knew it, it was time for dinner and I had no idea what to make. I had two uncooked, frozen hamburger patties, leftover from another recipe, and some roasted garlic. At the time I didn’t think it was blog worthy, so I didn’t take any pictures except for the final product. Only after my husband took his first bite and declared ‘this is so good’ did I grab the camera and take a picture.
I admit this is pretty simple, but it’s really a lesson in how easy it is to throw something tasty together even when you don’t have a plan. These burgers are just a combination of items I had on hand and stuff left over from some previous recipes that I posted on this blog. Although I recommend thawing the hamburger patties, mine were almost completely frozen when I cooked them and they turned out fine.
Cheeseburgers with Roasted Garlic Mayo
4 hamburger patties, thawed*
4 hamburger buns
4 slices provolone cheese
4 tablespoons mayo
1 tablespoon roasted garlic**
1 handful of fresh spinach
Heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook the hamburgers about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until desired doneness is achieved. About one minute before the burgers are done add the cheese to the tops and cover the pan. Once the cheese is melted remove the burgers.
While the burgers are cooking mix the mayo with the roasted garlic in a small bowl. Spread 1 tablespoon of the garlic mayo, dividing it between the top and bottom bun. Add the burger and top it with some spinach.
* Use this recipe for the hamburger patties. When we make burgers I like to make a few extra patties and freeze them to have on hand for quick weekday dinners.
**I have a thing for roasted garlic so I like to roast a few whole heads at a time so that I have extra on hand. Follow the instructions in this post and then store the extra in the refrigerator, in an air tight container, for up to five days.