What's For Dinner: Burgers with Fun Fixins'

OK, I will be the first one to admit that this idea is not rocket science -- but seriously, you can really amp up the flavor of your burgers by choosing interesting toppings. For tonight's round of porkelope burgers, options for fixins' included sliced tomatoes (de-seeded), caramelized onions, and avocado slices. Obviously, these fixins' would work just as well on a veggie or roasted portobello mushroom burger.

As an additional twist, we also experimented with flavors inside the burgers -- and placed a small mozzarella ball in the middle of a couple of burger patties before cooking. Nothing like a little ooey-gooey cheese in the middle of a burger!

Our burgers were served up with a side of sweet potato fries baked in the oven and a few grilled eggplant slices. Admittedly, the three slices on my plate were the only survivors from the grilling experiment -- we'll need to figure out how to get those grilled without overly charring them before they're ready for their own post! But, even with a little char, the eggplant slices were still pretty good -- especially since I had brushed each slice with a little olive oil (and seasoned with some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper) before grilling. Yum!