Burgers on the grill and tortellini and green beans on the side!
With springtime making its appearance every other day around here I thought it was time to try to take advantage of it. So, what does that mean? Well, it means we are making burgers on the grill and a delicious tortellini and green bean side dish!
There are few things as American as hamburgers and this recipe is a perfect one to follow!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons chili sauce
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
- 4 slices process American cheese or cheddar cheese, halved diagonally
- 2 slices Swiss cheese, halved diagonally
- 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
- Lettuce leaves, sliced tomato, and onion, cooked bacon strips, ketchup and mustard, optional
- Combine the first 5 ingredients, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 4 patties. Grill burgers, covered, on a greased rack over medium direct heat until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear, about 6 minutes on each side.
- During the last minute of cooking, top each patty with 2 triangles American cheese and 1 triangle Swiss cheese. Serve on buns; if desired, top with lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, ketchup, or mustard.
All American hamburgers are perfect for first-time grillers. I am not very experienced with the grill so I usually have my husband do the grilling but, I could handle burgers for sure! I was unable to include all of the ingredients listed above simply due to grocery restrictions during this time. So, I had to leave out the swiss cheese, Worcester sauce, lettuce, tomato, and bacon. But, I have made them completely as directed in the past and I can say they are incredible!
Tortellini with Green Beans and Lemon
- 1 (19-oz) pkg frozen cheese tortellini
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 (12-oz) pkg frozen green peas
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water.
- Meanwhile, melt butter with oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add green beans and peas; cook, stirring often, 6 minutes. Add garlic, and cook, stirring often for 1 minute.
- Add dill, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Add pasta, cheese, and enough pasta water to make a thin sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
I love love love this recipe! It combines comfort food with spring freshness! It’s so delicious and perfectly paired with the all American burger recipe that I just knew I had to make it for dinner tonight. However, I didn’t have green peas or fresh dill on hand, though like the hamburger recipe I have made it completely as instructed in the past and it’s just heaven!
Consider pairing this springtime dinner idea with this delicious (adults only) drink!
Strawberry Gin Smash
For a pitcher:
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 limes, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
- 1 pound fresh strawberries
- 2 cups gin
- 3 cups club soda
- Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
For a single drink:
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 lime wedge
- 3 fresh strawberries, 2 hulled and sliced and 1 reserved for garnish
- 3 ounces gin
- Club soda
- Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
For a pitcher:
- Muddle the sugar and limes in a pitcher that holds at least 8 cups (64 ounces). Set aside 6 to 8 small strawberries and make a small slice in their tips. Hull and slice the remaining strawberries and muddle the slices lightly with the sugar and lime juice.
- Stir in the gin and club soda and pack the pitcher full of ice. Add mint sprigs to garnish. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with a strawberry, slotted onto the edge of the glass.
For a single drink:
- In a tall glass, combine the sugar and a squeeze of juice from the lime wedge. Muddle with the back of a spoon to dissolve the sugar. Add the sliced strawberries and lightly muddle.
- Fill the glass with ice and add the gin. Top with a splash of club soda and garnish with the last strawberry and a sprig of mint.