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Jun032011

Tortilla Wrapped Burgers and My Weird Dog

Tortilla Wrapped Burgers

Tortilla Wrapped Burgers. Is that a good name? I don’t know. I actually sat at my desk for a while, staring at the blank “title” field in Live Writer. It doesn’t help that I have a headache. That tends to make me stare off into space instead of concentrating. They’re burgers, shaped more like a sausage so they roll up well in the tortillas. I added fresh guacamole, sliced tomato, queso blanco, sliced shallots and cilantro to top off the taco seasoned burger/sausage-type patties. We had these over the Memorial Day weekend. Still making our way through a delicious stack of Tortilla Land tortillas in the fridge, these are a fun twist on burgers with buns.

We also watched The Hunt for Red October over the weekend. Come on, it’s a classic! When my husband and I were dating, he dragged me, kicking and screaming, to see this movie. I didn’t want to see it. I thought a root canal sounded more entertaining. But I went. Playing the sweet girlfriend role. Because that’s how you get things in return. Like cameras and shoes and shiny things. It’s all give and take.

And then I sat on the edge of my freaking seat! The cat and mouse games. The stealthy hunter, stalking it’s prey. When that sub came out of the water? Whoa. They can DO that? The good looking guys in uniforms probably helped, too.

I loved it!

Still do.

Where am I going with this? I do have a point, I promise. One of our Corgis, Hamilton, has been doing something odd lately. It’s only at night, when they go out for the last time before bed. The dogs will do their thing, and then wait on the deck to come back in. They all come right in, except Hammy. He waits to be asked back in.

Hello?! I know! Quite often, he’ll just sit there and look at us like we’re crazy. My husband started giving him titles, like “Come in, Dr. Hamilton.”

Admiral Hamilton

“Sir Hamilton.”

“Lord Hamilton.”

“Your Highness Hamilton.”

“General Hamilton.”

“Colonel Hamilton.”

“Admiral Hamilton.” <--He especially likes that one. Why? I have no idea. But it does have a certain ring to it, yes?

When he hears one he likes, he’ll come in. What a goof! Sooo…while we were watching Red October, we get to the scene where Ramius is addressing the crew for the first time on the voyage. Hear that whistle right at the beginning? Hammy was asleep on the floor and as soon as that whistle sounded, he was on all four paws, straight at attention. Billy looked down and said “Oh, sorry for startling you, Admiral Hamilton!”

Totally cracked us up! Was Hammy an admiral in another life? Does he watch too much TV when we’re not home? Does he just have a damn good imagination for a dog?

Not a clue. He is entertaining, though. And although he looks sort of admiral-ish in that photo, he’s not. He’s a huge, snuggly, hairy bozo. With a personality complex.

Tortilla Wrapped Burgers

Tortilla Wrapped Burgers

These are great for those of you that don’t want to fill up on a big burger bun because you’ve been snacking on all the other goodies at your cookout. This isn't so much of a recipe, as it is a guideline. Use your own amounts and toppings according to what you like. I was going to use red onion, but it had decided to turn green, so shallot was the lucky choice for the day.

-ground beef, about a pound or so
-taco seasoning or your favorite burger seasoning
-guacamole 
-sliced tomatoes
-queso blanco, shredded, or your favorite cheese
-thinly sliced shallots (or red onion)
-fresh cilantro
-tortillas
-hot sauce

Add the taco seasoning to the ground beef and  mix well. Shape into sausage type shapes. And yes, I'm well aware of what they look like. Ha! Shhh. Quit it. Grill until they're done to your liking. Remove from the grill and set aside.

Heat the tortillas on the grill until they're warm and you get nice grill marks and delicious char marks on them. Spread each tortilla with some guacamole, add your burger next...and speaking of the burgers, we cut them in half down the middle so they didn't look like, well, you know.

So add the burger, cheese, tomatoes and all of the other goodies. Roll up and serve with something ice cold, and some crunchy corn chips. Oh, some extra guacamole on the side would be awesome, too. For the chips!

Tortilla Wrapped Burgers



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How much do I love that Hammy commands respect! ;)

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShaye

He's so whacky, Shaye!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElle

These look/sound delicious! That's too funny about Armiral Hamilton. Maybe he just doesn't want to come in now that the weather is nice. :)

What a cute little dude! I love his name too...so cute!

Love this version of a burger. Funny dog! Have a great weekend!

June 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJersey girl Cooks

Oh, how cute is that? I had to check out your post when you mentioned your weird dog. We dog sit our friend's two border collies often and I love it because it makes our dog not seem so weird. They all seem to have their issues. :D I'll tell you about our dog later (he's an Aussie) maybe it's a herding dog thing...all that intelligence.

I like the idea of the wrap instead of the bun. I don't make burgers, but I always have wraps on hand. Love the guacamole and queso blanco on there!

Love the Admiral story - so funny! Love this recipe too!!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan

What a cute little doggie! Admiral, indeed!

When I was a culinary school student (I wrote about it here, if you're interested: "Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood" http://amzn.to/eOKJWw - on Amazon Kindle), this is the sort of meal we would whip together at the end of a long day - hot, tasty, satisfying!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCulinary School

I love this take on burgers, so creative and looks delicious too. Your story about Hamilton was great too. I have a puggle, named Stella, who will very often react to a whistle on the tv. The best is when she hears a doorbell on tv and barks, because we don't have a doorbell and I doubt in her two years if she's ever heard one!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen H

I love the idea of a taco burger; any excuse to add guacamole makes me excited !

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBakerbynature

Your dog rules!

And I LOVE that movie. Love it, love it, love it! Everyone is so good in it and it's loaded with hotness. Scott Glenn, Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, and Sam Neill. Dreamy...

I read the book first and it's awesome, too. Wait, did you do anything with food? ;)

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Wait, who did you say was weird? The dog? Sounds like husband has a tiny screw loose, too! Ha ha ha! Well, things like this happen in our house too and we have always said that a dog is more entertainment than tv! And love burgers like this and with all those toppings? Yum! Gotta make this this week! Thanks for the great idea!

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I grew up with two Pembroke Welsh Corgies - so cute!! Whenever they heard a fire siren, they would start singing along, a weird howl they never did otherwise that did sound quite a bit like a siren! Tortilla burgers sound delicious!

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHopie

i have such a crush on your corgi--it's unhealthy. :)
meanwhile, i love the idea of hamburger-y tacos--nice work!

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergrace

Totally a great way to have a burger without the bun! Doing this one

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkat

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