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The Denver by Inspired Taste

June 8th, 2011

by Joanne and Adam of Inspired Taste, in honor of Cheeseburgers Across America

Who doesn’t love a great cheeseburger? For us, a great cheeseburger means two things:

(1)   Wisconsin Cheese

(2)   A juicy hamburger patty

There is just no point otherwise.

So when we saw The Denver cheeseburger from The Cheese & Burger Society’s Cheeseburgers Across America summer grilling road trip, we started up the grill.

Are you ready?

Wisconsin Aged Cheddar cheese? Of course.

Juicy hamburger patty? Check.

Bun? Check.

Mayonnaise? Oh, yes.

Thinly sliced ham? Yep.

Sweet and colorful sautéed onions and peppers? Done.

Omelet packed with buttery, nutty Wisconsin Swiss cheese? Oh, Mama!

One of the most flavorful, juicy, cheesy, mouthwatering, piled-high, so-good-we won’t share cheeseburgers out there? Yes. Absolutely. Yes.

The Denver Cheeseburger

Serves 4

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck; 80% lean, 20% fat
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
4 eggs
2 tablespoons butter
8 slices Wisconsin Aged Cheddar cheese
6 slices Wisconsin Swiss cheese
1/3 pound thinly sliced ham
4 large burger buns, toasted
1/4 cup mayonnaise

Add the meat to a large mixing bowl then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Use a fork to carefully mix the meat and seasoning together without mashing it. Divide the meat into four equal portions (about 6 ounces each). Form each portion loosely into a 3/4-inch-thick burger.

Heat a grill, broiler, or sauté pan and cook the hamburgers for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until almost done, turn off the heat and place two slices of the Aged Cheddar cheese on each patty, allow to melt then remove to a plate and cover with aluminum foil. Allow the hamburgers to rest for 5 minutes.

In the meantime, heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add about two tablespoons of olive oil then the onions and peppers. Sauté until the onions are sweet.

Whisk two eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt. Heat a small frying pan over medium heat then add one tablespoon of butter. When the butter is melted and begins to bubble, pour eggs into the center of pan and stir with a rubber spatula for about 5 seconds. Using a spatula, move around the edge of the egg mixture to loosen the edges. After about 10-15 seconds, the eggs should be a semi-solid mass.

Add three slices of Swiss cheese. Once the cheese is melted, shake the pan to loosen the omelet then fold over half of the omelet. Remove to a plate then repeat with the remaining two eggs to make a second omelet. Cut each omelet into two, creating four halves.

Assemble the burger by spreading mayonnaise onto both halves of the bun. Place the hamburger patty on the bottom half and add a small handful of sautéed onions and peppers. Top with ham, one half of an omelet and the top of the bun. Enjoy.

Check out a video of Adam & Joanne making The Denver.

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