National Cheeseburger Day

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!!!

For National Cheeseburger Day I thought I’d celebrate… with frog legs.

Dinner guest

Frog legs?

Okay, not really… this little guy just was hanging out on the grill before we started it up. Too bad it wasn’t enough for the whole family!! (yes, I’m kidding!)

Cheeseburgers. Mmmm.

One of the perfect foods! Meat, cheese, veggies and bread, in your hand… less dishes!

For meat we used two different options.

At our Bayview Farmers Market we were lucky enough to get some ground lamb (also available at Mercer Island).

At Mercer Island Farmers Market I picked up some delicious ground beef from Crown S Ranch. Crown S Ranch has beautiful sustainable organic pastures, rotating a variety of species through their lush land to create a healthy sustainable option for us and the environment… and very reasonably priced (you can shop right from their website!).

Caprizella

Caprizella

Both ground meats we mixed with cubes of Little Brown Farm Caprizella. This is a hint we got from one of our wonderful regular customers at MIFM.

caprizella cubed

caprizella cubed

Meat and cheese

Meat and cheese

Then they went to the grill.

When the patties were almost done, we piled on a slab of cheese (there is no such thing as too much cheese!). On half of the burgers (two beef, one lamb) we put Little Brown Farm Saratoga Satin. On the other half (two lamb, one beef) we put the aged sheep cheese.

Cheeseburgers

Cheeseburgers!

To top the burgers we used some heirloom tomatoes we got at Whidbey’s Bayview Farmers Market (from Pam’s Place Produce) and some lettuce from Molly’s Island Garden.

Market goodies!

Market goodies! Check out those buns!

I missed it in the picture but we had a wonderful Whidbey Sweet onion from Willowood Farm (BFM and Coupeville Farmers Market) and pickles from Purdy Pickles (MIFM).

The burgers were so tasty we opted out of sauce. Because of the addition of cheese we were also able to opt out of salt and pepper. This food was THIS good on its own, we didn’t need to pull out or hide any flavors.

The buns were baked for us (and any other lucky shoppers) by Tree-top Baking, a Whidbey Island treasure with baked goods available at Bayview Farmers Market.

So the verdict? It was split.

My favorite: the ground lamb and the Saratoga Satin

Tom’s favorite: the ground beef and the Saratoga Satin

Christine’s favorite: the ground beef and the Saratoga Satin

None of the cheeseburgers were less than exceptional.

If I’m lucky National Cheeseburger Day will get a few do-overs before grilling season ends here in the Pacific Northwest.

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About Chief Milkmaid

A former executive, now goatmilker and cheesemaker, I am the Chief Milkmaid of the Little Brown Farm.
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