Burgers with Fresh Tomato Relish. Juicy all-beef burgers grilled over an open fire. Topped with a chopped fresh tomato relish that has a touch of sweetness from honey and a little tang from apple cider vinegar. An all-American meal.
Burgers with Fresh Tomato Relish is one of my go-to recipes any time of the year. I love a good burger! Nothing fancy, just a good burger.
My favorite burger recipe
My favorite burger recipe comes from this cookbook of all places. It was a gift from my husband 25+ years ago. I keep going back to the same burger recipe time and time again. It is an all time favorite of family and friends. And I get requests for the recipe every time I make it. It’s a simple recipe with the following ingredients ~
- Ground beef ~ 85/15 is my preferred blended of meat to fat
- Bread ~ soft white bread is my go-to
- Milk ~ whole milk is #1 with me
- Egg ~ beat it a lightly
- Onion – finely chopped please
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- Toasted buns ~ Martin’s Potato Rolls – #1 hamburger bun in the USA
How to make the burgers
The burger recipe has only a few ingredients but, they all add to the deliciousness of the patties. The bread soaked in milk adds to the tenderness of the burgers. The egg helps hold the burgers together. Finely chopped onion a little bite. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper go in just about every recipe. And it’s a must to toast the buns.
Our usual burger toppings include American cheese, ketchup, mayonnaise, and a little pickle relish. But I decided to whirl up a batch of fresh Jersey tomato relish in my food processor to change up tonight’s dinner. After all we were celebrating my husband’s birthday.
How to make fresh tomato relish
The ingredients for this slightly sweet and tangy relish with a little spicy kick are in most pantries.
- Fresh tomatoes ~ use what looks best ~ deep bright red and free of blemishes
- Red onion ~ great purple and a mild flavor
- Apple cider vinegar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- Celery salt ~ adds a hint of sweet, salt and better flavor
- Red pepper flakes ~ just a touch of heat
- Fresh chopped parsley
A few pulses in the food processor makes quick work of making the tomato relish. Chopped tomatoes can release a lot of liquid. Before adding the other ingredients, put the pulsed tomatoes and onions in a strainer for a couple minutes. A chunky blend of tomatoes and onions is combined with apple cider vinegar, honey, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, celery salt, red pepper flakes and freshly chopped parsley. With some recipes, you don’t mess with perfection. Keep it simple.
This sweet, tart and savory topping is super versatile. Top chicken, steak, fish or pork. Add to grilled cheese or a turkey sandwich. Sprinkle over scrambled eggs. Or the simplest way to enjoy tomato relish is with tortilla chips. The tomato relish can be stored in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to 2 days.
A few more of my favorite burger recipes…
If you make burgers with fresh tomato relish, I’d love hearing from you all. Be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating ~ I do my best to reply to all your comments. And snap a photo to post to Instagram. I’ll add the photos to my Insta stories as I love seeing all your creations.
Burgers with Fresh Tomato Relish. A juicy all-beef burger simply seasoned and grilled over an open fire. Top with a chopped fresh tomato relish with a touch of sweetness from honey and a little tangy from apple cider vinegar.
- for fresh tomato relish —
- 6 small/medium tomatoes, about 3 cups chopped
- 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- for the burgers —
- 2 slices white bread
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 pound ground beef, I like a 85/15 blend
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 4 potato rolls, toasted
- Heat grill to medium high heat.
- For the fresh tomato relish, place the tomatoes and red onions in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 10 to 12 times or until the tomatoes and onions are finely chopped but still a little chunky. Place in a strainer and drain for 2 minutes.
- Place the chopped tomatoes and onions in a bowl and stir in the apple cider vinegar, honey, kosher salt, pepper, celery salt, red pepper flakes and parsley. Set aside.
- For the burgers, place the bread in a bowl and pour milk over it. After the bread has soaked up as much of the milk as possible, smash and squeeze out and pour off the excess.
- Combine the soaked bread and the remaining burger ingredients in a large bowl. Gently mix.
- Form the meat mixture into 4 burgers.
- Grill burgers about 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium rare or a little longer if you like your burgers more well done.
- Serve on toasted buns with a generous spoonful of the tomato relish.
Chopped tomatoes can release a lot of liquid. Before adding the other ingredients, put the pulsed tomatoes and onions in a strainer for a couple minutes.
Store the tomato relish in a covered container for up to 2 days.
- Category: entree
- Method: grill
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 burger, relish and bun
- Calories: 466
- Sugar: 12.2 g
- Sodium: 1068 mg
- Fat: 19.4 g
- Saturated Fat: 7 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 36 mg
- Fiber: 3.6 g
- Protein: 35.9
- Cholesterol: 145 mg
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