Fiesta burgers and waterfall update

So I’m finally going to share a recipe with you. I don’t really have any “during” photos to go along with it but I’m sure you can get by without them. My readers are smart, I tell ya.

This recipe isn’t new and can be found on the Kraft web site (but without my commentary). My mom found this recipe for Stuffed Fiesta Burgers a few years ago and we usually pull it out once a year. Here on Memorial Day in Florida, grilling out isn’t as glamourous as it is in other states. This is how we do things in these parts:

1. Prepare all ingredients indoors while enjoying the air conditioning
2. Run outside to put the food on the grill
3. Quickly run back inside before you melt
4. After a nice, cool iced tea (or margarita), force yourself to go back outside and tend to the food on the grill before it burns. Because it will burn, but not due to the grill. It’ll burn from the heat and sun, mind you.
5. Gather all foods from the grill as fast as you can and bring them back inside to enjoy in the humidity free air conditioning.

There you have our grilling technique. Now onto the recipe. You’ll need the following:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 package of Taco Bell Home Originals Taco seasoning mix
1/4 cup chive and onion cream cheese spread
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 hamburger buns (toasted or grilled)
1/2 cup salsa
1 avocado cut into 8 slices

Heat your grill to medium heat (This happens prior to step #1 above. You’re on your own out there in that heat!). Mix the meat and seasoning mix thoroughly and shape into 8 thin patties.

Now mix your cream cheese spread and cheddar cheese. Before going a step further, you’ll want to taste test this. Who doesn’t like a little bit of cheese?

Spoon 2 TBSP of cheese mixture onto 4 of the patties. Top with remaining 4 patties and pinch the sides together to seal them up. The better you seal them, the less your cook/griller will complain about them separating. Trust me.

Follow steps #1-3 above

Grill 7-9 minutes on each side or until done (160 degrees). You only have 7-9 minutes of cooking time so you should probably prepare your iced tea or margarita beforehand so it’ll be ready (see step #3).

Now top the patty with salsa and avocado and enjoy! I don’t have any pictures of my completed burger because I scarfed it down too fast. No shutter speed would have been fast enough to catch that action!

On another note, remember when I told you about our rock collecting adventure in Georgia?  We collected rocks for my mom and dad’s backyard waterfall. Well, between the weather being a bazillion degrees and the constant demand for my dad our family mechanic, they haven’t had a chance to finish that project just yet. That didn’t bother my dad. He quickly assembled a makeshift waterfall for the family. I threatened to submit this to There, I Fixed It.I like the side view better. 

Don’t you just love their DIY projects?


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