Burger with the Garden


For a casual summer meal, grill summer squash and burgers side by side before slipping them into a bun with blue cheese and lettuce.

Burger with the Garden
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Grill Time:
14 mins
Total Time:
34 mins


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, cut lengthwise into 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick slices

  • 2 - 4 ounce blue cheese, cut in wedges

  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • Arugula or lettuce

  • Tomato slices (optional)

  • Red onion slices (optional)

  • Pickle slices (optional)


  1. For the dressing, in a screw-top jar combine olive oil, vinegar, thyme, and pepper. Cover and shake well. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl combine ground beef, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Shape ground beef into four 3/4-inch-thick patties. Brush squash slices with some of the dressing mixture. Set remaining dressing aside.

  3. For a charcoal grill, grill patties on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 14 to 18 minutes or until meat is done (160 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling. Place squash slices along side beef patties. Cook over medium coals for 7 to 10 minutes or until tender, turning once. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place patties on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)

  4. To serve transfer cooked beef patties to buns. Drizzle cut side of bun tops with remaining dressing. Top burgers with arugula, squash, blue cheese, tomato, red onion, and pickle slices. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

426 Calories
24g Fat
24g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 426
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 592mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 5.9mg 30%
Calcium 161.5mg 12%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 218mg 5%
Folate, total 80.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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