I’m on vacation at the beach and that calls for chill nights grilling out burgers. Maybe it’s the Jewish mother in me, but I always make too much food! I have every intention of eating the leftovers, but a day old burger on a day old bun just doesn’t sound that inviting! But it makes for the perfect stratta. Stratta is an Italian dish somewhere between a quiche and a frittata. It is layered like lasagna with an eggy bread mixture, your choice of vegetables or meat and a hearty melty cheese. Here is my cheeseburger stratta, my photographer Nick devoured it the second we finished filming. My kids and husband didn’t complain either 🙂 Try making this on a weeknight when you have some leftover grilled burgers and let me know how yours turns out!
Reinventing the Classic Cheeseburger
- 1 cup diced onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 diced yellow, orange or red bell pepper
- 1 tbsp dried thyme, crushed
- good glut of ketchup
- 8 whole eggs
- 2 cups of milk (I use low fat)
- 8 hamburger buns (mine are whole wheat)
- 8 grilled hamburgers
- 12 slices cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large saute pan with a pat of butter, saute onions, garlic, pepper and thyme for a few minutes until softened.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Crumble hamburgers into the mixture and add ketchup.
- Stir and cook for a few minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine eggs and milk in a large mixing bowl and whisk well.
- Cube the buns and add it to the mixture, allow a few minutes for the bread to soak up the eggs and milk.
- In a large casserole dish place half of the egg and bread mixture and spread evenly.
- Then, layer half of the meat mixture and spread evenly.
- Then, place six slices of cheese on top.
- Repeat, just like a lasagna with the final step being the slices of cheese on top.
- Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes or until bubbling.
Keywords: cheese burger, strata, leftovers