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Hearty Country Burgers

 Hearty Country Burgers
When I plan a casual country cookout, I invite these dressed-up burgers to the table. Bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheese toppings and a touch of sauce really boost the flavor. And the mildly seasoned meat turns out nice and juicy.
4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Grill: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon lime juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cola, divided
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
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  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 bacon strips, halved and cooked
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 1 slice onion, separated into rings

Directions

  • In a small skillet, saute the garlic in oil for 1 minute or until
  • golden. Stir in 1/3 cup lime juice, 1 tablespoon cola, orange juice
  • and soy sauce. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 5-6 minutes or
  • until slightly thickened. Set aside for basting.
  • Crumble beef into a large bowl. Sprinkle with garlic powder and
  • remaining lime juice and cola; mix well. Shape into four
  • 3/4-in.-thick patties.
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-9 minutes on each side or

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Directions (continued)

  • until a meat thermometer reads 160°, basting occasionally with
  • sauce. During the last 2 minutes, top burgers with cheese and bacon.
  • Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato and onion. Yield: 4 servings.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.