- 3-4 slices challah (or any bread) -
- 2 packages lean ground beef (2 lbs.) -
- 2 eggs -
- 1 onion, finely chopped -
- 2 tsp black pepper -
- 2 tsp salt -
- ½ cup ketchup -
- 1 Tbsp oil -
- 1 medium onion, cut in thin strips crosswise (to create small pieces) -
- 1 clove garlic, crushed -
- 1 each, red and yellow sweet pepper, cut in small cubes -
- 1 cup fresh mushrooms, cut in small pieces -
- Salt to taste -
- 1 tsp black pepper -
- 1 cup chopped parsley -
1. Place the bread in a bowl. Add enough water to cover the bread and a bit more. Let the bread soak for a while. When you are ready to use it, press the bread into a strainer to release as much water as possible.
2. Mix together ground beef, eggs, onion, pepper, salt and ketchup. Stir in bread gradually until you have the right consistency. Set aside.
3. Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high. Fry garlic until golden brown. Add onion and sauté for only 2 minutes. Throw in peppers and mushrooms and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until they are just starting to soften. The vegetables should retain some of their shape and crispiness. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add parsley.
4. Make thin patties of ground beef by taking a ball of the meat mixture between your hands and pressing down on it to create a flat disc.
5. Pat a spoonful or more of the vegetable mixture on top of the disc. Then cover with another thin patty and seal in the vegetables by pinching the sides lightly together.
6. Preheat grill or broiler. Grill or broil burgers on each side for 5 minutes, or longer if you prefer your burgers well done.