Beefy Burgers With Smashed Potatoes

Beefy Burgers With Smashed Potatoes


For the burgers:
2 pounds of ground beef
1 onion, minced
1 cup of shredded beef from leftover beef stew or canned beef stew, optional
2 tablespoons of dried oregano
Salt and pepper
6 ounces of blue cheese, crumbled
6 large buns, sliced in half

For the potatoes:
6 baking potatoes
6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of whole fennel seeds
Salt and pepper


For the burgers:

Preheat barbecue grill on high for 15 minutes. A clean hot grill will lessen the chances that the burgers will stick. Meanwhile place the beef, onion, stew meat and oregano in a large bowl then season with salt and pepper. Mix well then form into 6 large patties.

Grill for 8 minutes per side, until well done. Sprinkle cheese onto patties during last 2 minutes of cooking to melt. Toast the buns on the grill until golden brown. Top with lettuce and tomato and dig in.

For the potatoes:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place potatoes on a baking tray and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until tender.

Turn oven up to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Push down on the baked potatoes with a potato masher or small plate so that they crack open and are flattened, doubling in diameter. Drizzle liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with fennel seeds and salt and pepper. Bake until golden and crisp about 15 to 20 minutes more.


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