Last Minute 4th of July Recipe Ideas

Sometimes it takes a long time to get organized for a holiday weekend. A holiday weekend which is meant to be about relaxation and enjoyment, and is often anything but! What to cook, where to go, what to do, kid friendly or adults only. It makes me tired just typing the words. All you need are these last minute 4th of July recipe ideas to make your holiday planning a bit easier.

 

Sweet and Sticky Baby Back Ribs

 

Sweet 'n' Sticky Babyback Ribs | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Rosemary Honey Mustard Ribs

 

 

Rosemary Honey Mustard Baby Back Ribs | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Sticky Ribs

 

Sticky Baby Back Ribs | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Maple Bourbon Ribs

 

Maple Bourbon Baby Back Ribs | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Feta Stuffed Lamb and Beef Burgers

 

Feta Stuffed Lamb and Beef Burgers | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Mini Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers

 

Mini Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Smoky and Spicy Steak Rub

 

Steak Rub Still Life

 

Skewered Steak Tips with Avocado Gastrique

 

Skewered Steak Tips with Avocado Gastrique | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Cedar Plank Rosemary and Lemon Salmon

 

Cedar Plank Salmon with Rosemary and Lemon | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Grilled Baby Artichokes

 

 

 

Black Eyed Pea Salad with Orzo

 

Black Eyed Pea Salad | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Avocado, Mandarin Orange and Jicama Salad with Key Lime Dressing

 

Avocado, Mandarin Orange and Jicama Salad with Key Lime Dressing | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Avocado and Potato Salad with Hatch Chile Vinaigrette

 

Avocado and Potato Salad with Hatch Chile Vinaigrette | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Cucumber, Chickpea, Tomato and Feta Salad

 

Cucumber, Chickpea and Feta Salad | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Lentil and Chevre Salad with Thyme Roasted Tomatoes

 

Lentil and Chevre Salad with Thyme Roasted Tomatoes | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Lentils and Crunchy Greens with Sour Cream-Tarragon Dressing

 

Lentils and Crunchy Greens with Sour Cream-Tarragon Dressing | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Fennel

 

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Fennel | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Warm Caprese Salad

 

Warm Caprese Salad | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

 

 

 

Feta Stuffed Lamb and Beef Burgers

Feta Stuffed Lamb and Beef Burgers | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

Feta Stuffed Lamb and Beef Burgers, sizzling on your grill or broiling in your oven. Can’t you just smell them and taste them?

The burgers are flavor bombs, the lamb and beef seasoned with complex shwarma seasoning, with the salty pop of feta cheese in the middle.

Feta Stuffed Lamb and Beef Burgers | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

 

These burgers are a 50/50 blend of ground leg of lamb and grass fed organic ground beef. Unbeknownst to me, my grocery store had a special on ground lamb going, so they were sold out. But because they have real butchers onsite, one was kind enough to grind a nice piece of boneless leg of lamb for me.  And it was on sale for the same price, so it was a total win!

You can use all lamb or all beef depending on your tastes. Just be sure to use a good Schwarma seasoning mix, such as Sadaf. The Mediterranean herb feta used in this recipe is commonly found in grocery stores, but if you can only find plain feta, then use that.

 

Feta Stuffed Lamb and Beef Burgers | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

 

Mini Brie Stuffed Turkey Burger Recipe

Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Garnishes

Summertime, and the living is easy.  Well, I honestly don’t know how easy it is, but at least the weather is nice!  Summer means days at the beach, picnics in the park, cold beer and lots of barbecue!  (That was my life 20 years ago and before giving birth, but I can still dream.)

Burgers are as American as apple pie, and no barbecue is complete without one.  Angus, Kobe and Wagyu beef burgers, turkey burgers, chicken burgers, tuna or salmon burgers and last but not least veggie burgers are fried, grilled, smoked, baked and barbecued.  Lately the oh-so-trendy folks in the food world are all about the mini burger or slider.  I like having a two or three bite burger, which then means I can have more than one without looking like a total pig.  Of course, when you see me shoveling in the baked beans and potato salad, that theory goes right out the window. . .

While shopping at Trader Joe’s I found some mini burger buns, and on impulse picked them up.  I then proceeded to stand in the middle of the aisle coming up with a recipe to go with the buns.  After a few minutes a very nice Trader Joe’s employee asked if there was something she could help me with, as I was still standing in the aisle,  my lips moving as I mentally prepared the burgers.  I smiled and told her I didn’t need help, and casually moved back to my cart before she called the men in the white jackets. But I had come up with my burger; mini turkey burgers stuffed with cheese!  My juicy little burgers would be fabulous with the addition of a nugget of soft, creamy, oozing brie cheese hidden in the middle of each burger.

Brie Stuffed Turkey Burger

Mini Brie Stuffed Turkey Burger

Makes 10 mini burgers

1 lb ground turkey, approximately (most packaged ground turkey weighs slightly more than a pound)

1 tsp poultry seasoning

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp granulated garlic

1/4  tsp freshly ground black pepper

brie cheese

1 TB olive oil

bread and butter pickles

olive tapenade

mini burger buns

In a large bowl mix the turkey, poultry seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper.  Using a 1/4 cup measure, portion out the seasoned turkey.

Quarter Cup Portions of Ground Turkey

Flatten each portion of turkey, then top with a small piece of brie, about the size of a teaspoon.

Brie on Ground Turkey

Fold the turkey meat around the brie, then roll it in your palm like you are rolling a meatball. Place the meat onto a plate and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Brie Rolled into the Ground Turkey

When ready to cook, heat the olive oil in a large skillet.  Flatten the turkey balls into a burger shape, being careful to make sure the cheese is covered by the turkey meat.  This will help prevent the cheese from oozing out of the burgers while they cook.  But don’t be surprised if it does happen.

Cooking Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers
Melted Brie Oozing from a Turkey Burger

Cook the burgers for 4 – 5 minutes, then turn them over.  Cover the pan and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, until the burgers are cooked through.

Garnish each burger with either a bread and butter pickle slice or a dollop of olive tapenade.  The sweet tartness of the pickle or the tangy saltiness of the tapenade will compliment the rich and buttery cheese.

Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Garnishes

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