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The EB3 Burger (Ella's Basic Balsamic Basil Burger)

It's tough to beat a good burger...but even tougher to find a basic burger that is easy and quick to prepare, is moist (but not too fatty), has a bit of the garlic and pepper that adults love (but not too much for kids), and still leaves the guests talking about how they never realized how joyless their store-bought patties were until they encountered the EB3.

The name: My first child refused to eat meat and lived off of tofu for his first two years--our second child, Ella, took one bite of tofu and thought it was so bad she wouldn't even feed it to the dog--then she grabbed my hamburger. Ella likes a good burger and this is her favorite. Plus, it goes as well with wine and beer as it does with milk!


2 pounds 90% lean ground beef or sirloin
2 medium eggs
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 clove pressed fresh garlic
1 tablespoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped/ground basil
6 slices aged white cheddar cheese
romaine lettuce leaves
6 slices of tomato
6 sesame seed buns


Mix all ingredients, hand-form equal patties of approximately 1/3 lb each, 1” thick, let stand 10 or more minutes for flavors to blend and the grill to heat up.

Preheat gas grill for 10 minutes on high, reduce heat to medium. Cook burgers on medium for 5-7 minutes or until juices start to run and “sweating” just starts to be seen on top of burgers; flip once, cook another 3-4 minutes.

Add a thick slab of aged white cheddar cheese to each burger and allow to melt for 1-2 minutes with lid down and place sesame buns on middle of rack for toasting. Remove burgers and place on buns, top with sliced tomato and a slice of romaine lettuce and enjoy. Pickle optional.

Will yield medium-well done, but juicy burgers