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Stoney Lake 3 Cheese Cottage Burgers

This is a tried and true up north at the cottage away from everything recipe! We have been vacationing on the western shore of Michigan since JFK was president. Usually, after about a week away from home there is a bunch of odds and ends left in the refrigerator, so we chop it all up and mix it in with our favorite cheeses and spices. All the kids pitch in so it becomes quite an event, because everyone gets to do something crucial to the burger's success.


3 lbs of ground sirloin
2 raw eggs
4 pcs plain bread toasted and crumbled
1/2 cup Steak Sauce
1 1/8 cup diced firm tomatoes
1 1/8 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced bermuda onion
1 TBSP Onion Flakes
2 TBSP Garlic Salt
1 1/2 TBSP Mandarin Marinade
3 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Cup Swiss Cheese cubed small
3/4 Cup Mild Cheddar cubed small
1/4 Cup Pepper Jack cubed small
Ground Fresh Pepper while on the grill


Put the ground sirloin in the largest bowl in the house, hopefully a ceramic or stainless one. Set aside the Mandarin Marinade and the crumbed bread crumbs until the end. Add the two raw eggs, all the seasonings and mix with hands as if kneading dough. This can be done by multiple helpers for added fun! Fold in the diced tomatoes,celery and onions by hand again, then add the cubed cheeses and mix with hands for another 2-3 minutes. When all the ingredients are combined, add the toasted bread crumbs into the mix andfold until incorporated. form into a large ball in the bowl, sprinkle with the Mandarin Marinade and cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 40 minutes before grilling. Make into 12-14 burgers, spinkle with fresh ground pepper whil on hot grill. After grill marks on both sides, finish on foil over part of grill. Place on plain soft buns with touch of ketchup, mustard and thin slices of pickels and tomato and cheeses and you have the Stoney Lake 3-Cheese Cottage burgers!


My dad got all eight of us kids involved in making these burgers in the 60's and 70's when I was growing up in Chicago and we summered on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Now I get my five boys to do all the preparation and get their hands messy mixing them up. Besides creating a really simple and tasty meal, its a great way to have fun and share the fun of cooking with the whole family. Joe