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Labor Day and Fried Green Tomatoes

Traditionally, Labor Day has been considered the end of summer. I don’t know why, because it’s still hot, grass, flowers, and weeds are still growing, and we still grill out after Labor Day. But it’s also tradition to grill out on Labor Day.

Several years ago, my kids & their significant others came for a cook out. I don’t think it was Labor Day, but regardless, we cooked some wonderful hamburgers. Of course, I can’t find the recipe but I’m going to share what I remember and I think you’ll be able to fill in with your own favorite ingredients.

Fried Green Tomato Hamburgers

  • 2-4 lbs. lean ground chuck (depending on how many burgers you want)
  • Add your favorite ingredients that you normally put in your burgers & form into patties.
  • 3-4 green tomatoes (depending on how many slices you want)
  • Slice the tomatoes and dip each slice in buttermilk and dredge in cornmeal. If you like a thick crust, dip in buttermilk and dredge in cornmeal again.
  • Drop tomato slices into a pan of oil (your choice of oil)  that has been heated. Put only enough tomatoes to have a single layer. Fry until crust is golden brown and tomatoes are semi-soft – soft.
  • In the meantime, heat your grill and cook the burgers until done to your liking.
  • Broil your hamburger buns – or grill them until lightly browned.
  • Put your burgers together:
    • Bottom half of bun
    • Condiment of your choice
    • Hamburger patty
    • Fried green tomato slice
    • Top half of bun with more condiments, if desired.

For a truly delicious hamburger, add slices of crispy-fried bacon. and sweet Vidalia onion.

Wherever you are on this Labor Day, have a safe and fun day! And take a few minutes to thank God for your job and for the millions of men and women who work to keep this great nation running. Be thankful that we still live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. May it always be so!

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