Hamburgers

See that tomato? That gorgeous heirloom perfectly ripe yellow tomato?  It is the ONE and ONLY tomato as of yet to come out of my garden this year.  And possibly the last.  No, I’m not counting the small cherry tomatoes, not that it matters since I didn’t get hardly any of those either.  I planted 16 tomato plants this year and despite them being humongous and healthy and tons of green tomatoes hanging on, I think our wet long spring and short summer just did them in. 
So, what to do with our lonely tomato?  We decided to have a grill night and make our favorite hamburgers to pair it with.  (Probably our last grill night of the year at this rate!)  And yes, that tomato was the bell of the ball at our table, I’m not sure if it tasted so good because it was the only one we’ve had from the garden this year, our it really was the best tomato I’ve ever eaten.  I’m leaning towards the latter.   And I may or may not have snuck a slice or two by themselves….
HAMBURGERS
Recipe by My Stained Apron
1 pound hamburger
2 slices bread, torn
1/4 cup milk
3 minced garlic cloves
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
FOR SERVING:
Hamburger buns
lettuce
tomato
cheese of choice
Pour milk over bread in a small bowl.  Let sit for a couple of minutes.  Mix hamburger with garlic, salt, and pepper.  Mash bread with a fork to make a paste, mix into hamburger. 
Form into patties, indenting the middle of each patty slightly with your finger.  (This makes the middle cook through more evenly with the outside of the burger.)
Grill or cook in a skillet (cast iron preferably).  Top with cheese of choice. 
Other topping ideas: Bacon, sauteed mushrooms, sliced avocado, ham, pineapple, bbq sauce
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