Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Crave Wednesday:Garlic Thyme Burgers with Grilled Tomatoes

I'm tired you guys.  So very tired.  I mean, I'm usually tired around this time of year with birthday party prep, but it's compounded by middle of the night wakeups and early morning risings.  I spent all of yesterday thinking it was Wednesday.  Which it obviously wasn't.

On the plus side, we're getting lots of television time!  Are you watching the new premieres?  Because we are!  Lately television has been disappointing, and last year a lot of our favorites ended.  But so far there are some gems in the new fall shows.  I think.  Once I'm getting more than a couple hours of sleep a night I might re-evaluate.

I might also start being more adventurous with dinner.  Because right now I'm looking for the easiest cleanup I can find.  One pan meals.  I like that birgers are a quick weeknight meal, even moreso when I can use my grill pan.  Cooking light refers to this burger as having French flavors due to thyme and Dijon.  I didn't find it especially "french" but I did like the simplicity of adding some herbs into burgers for something a little fancier than "ordinary."  Which is perfect for a Wednesday night that feels like a Thursday that you wish were Saturday!

Garlic Thyme Burgers with Grilled Tomatoes (From Cooking Light)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
3/8 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb ground sirloin
4 slices beefsteak tomato
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
4 Kaiser rolls
4 baby romaine lettuce leaves

  1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.  Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.  Divide mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2 inch thick patty.  Press thumb into center of patty, leaving a nickel sized indentation.  
  2. Add patties to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.  Remove patties from pan.
  3. Add tomato slices to pan; cook 1 minute on each side.
  4. Spread 3/4 tsp mustard over bottom half of each roll.
  5. Top each with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 patty, 1 tomato slice, and top half of roll.


  1. I can't handle meals that aren't easy lately...and I'm totally feeling you on the exhaustion front!