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Coming from Springfield, Illinois, I call this the Rail Splitter Burger to honor our favorite son, Abraham Lincoln. I do not know if Abraham, he did not like to be called Abe, enjoyed hamburgers. However, if he did, I am certain he would have just loved this burger.


1 medium cucumber.
1 red pepper.
1 medium onion.
2 tablespoons mayonnaise.
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar.
1/4 teaspoon salt.
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper.
1/2 teaspoon dried dill.
1 1/2 pounds ground chuck.
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs.
2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt.
2 tablespoons horseradish mustard.
1/8 cup olive oil.
6 wheat hamburger buns.


Relish: Peel and finely shred cucumber. Set aside. Clean the seeds from the red pepper, finely chop the red pepper and onion. Put the shredded cucumber, chopped pepper and onion, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, pepper, and dill into a bowl and mix well. Set aside and keep cold. Burger: Put the ground chuck, bread crumbs, yogurt, and horseradish mustard into a large bowl and mix well. Divide the mixture and shape into six equally sized burger patties. Brush the top of a pre-heated barbecue grill or a gas grill on medium heat with olive oil. Place the patties on the grill top and grill until thoroughly cooked, about 30 minutes, turning them over every 5 minutes. While the patties are cooking on the grill, cut the hamburger buns in half and spread out 6 halves on a clean table top. Remove the grilled patties from the grill top and place one patty on a bun half. Top each patty with equal amounts of relish. Cover each burger with the remaining half of the bun.


This recipe is split in two. One part is the relish and the other is the burger. Thus the name, Rail Splitter. Enjoy.