Reinventing the Classic Cheeseburger

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!

xx, Roni

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who doesn’t love a cheeseburger?!

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mixing eggs and milk together.  After whisking, add your cubed buns

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saute onions, peppers and crumble in the burgers. Add a little ketchup to keep it saucy and moist

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placing the last layer of cheese.  I used cheddar, just like on my burgers.  Swiss would work well too!


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Here it is, a yummy cheeseburger stratta using leftover cheeseburgers. Enjoy

Chesseburger Stratta

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.



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