Watermelon Cheeseburgers

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Yes, you read that title right.  WATERMELON CHEESEBURGERS.

Ever since we read this Mark Bittman article about vegetarian BBQ options, Abe and I have been intrigued by this idea.

Sounds bonkers, but think about it – watermelon IS delicious grilled – straight up, or with honey and ice cream for dessert. It tastes great with feta. And what ISN’T delicious with bread?!?

We cut the recipe in half to serve two; I acted as sous chef and helped myself to a few pieces while chopping. No onion in the house, so we used onion salt instead. Brush on some olive oil, and the powder will stick right to the fruity flesh. Grill 5 minutes on each side.  Melted Jarlsberg Lite on top.

Of course, we needed a little nest for our “burgers” – luckily, I just received an outrageously generous delivery, courtesy of Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery.  This Canadian product is now available in the States! In Los Angeles, you can find them at Whole Foods.  I chose two slices of “The Big 16” – Abe had his on a Mack’s Flax Bagel

The watermelon verdict?

Definitely different.  But we both definitely liked it! The fruit loses its juiciness, mellows out in sweetness, and takes on a new texture – almost like a roasted bell pepper or a portobello mushroom?!? (The weirdest part about all of this was it actually SMELLED like portobello mushrooms!)

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23 thoughts on “Watermelon Cheeseburgers

  1. M's blackboard

    thinking of the taste, Salt and Sugar mixed together … Naaah can’t imagine myself eating this burger!

  2. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    HHMMM grilled watermelon. Interesting. I’ve never done that. I’m into smoking vegetables lately. I want to smoke some peaches. I bet that would be so good.

  3. twobooswhoeat

    I love watermelon in salads with feta so I can totally see trying this out. YUM!

  4. Christina A.

    The grilled watermelon….strange! I might have to try that one day just to say I did! 😉

  5. Sara K

    Wow I’ve never had grilled watermelon- i can’t imagine it’s post-grilling texture since it is mostly water…interesting

  6. Erica

    This is such a fun idea! I’ve had a watermelon and feta salad and must agree that cheese and watermelon go strangely well together! I totally want to try this.

  7. Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine

    ever since you posted the link to this recipe on FB I’ve been waiting to see it here! It looks amazing- and I love Jarlsberg…mmm!

  8. Cindy

    I’ve had grilled watermelon and love it, but this is taking it to a whole other level. Crrraazzzzyy! Like stoner cooks a meal. Yummy! 🙂

  9. Lindsey @ Why Just Eat

    That has got to be one of the strangest recipes I’ve ever seen. I’m tempted to try it. I just might do it. My husband will think I have completely lost my mind, though.

  10. elise

    i couldnt find that bread ANYWHERE! i was looking for that brand specifically because i had it at kyles parents (basically vancouver) so i figured it was a lost cause and a canada only product. hmmm…

  11. livinglearningeating

    wow, that ACTUALLY looks delicious. I’ve never tried watermelon grilled or with cheese or on bread…and when I got the email notifying me of this post, I have to admit ‘ew’ was my first thought. But now I have to run out to Hannaford’s for cheese and watermelon STAT. 🙂

    Also, that bread? Hmmm. It doesn’t look QUITE as amazing as German bread (I’m already SO excited – less than four weeks to yummy!) but it looks pretty darn good for this side of the atlantic 🙂

  12. livinglearningeating

    Question: Your food pics always look AMAZING. Do you use a special camera, or is it just your standard $100 point-and-shoot + a heck of a lot of practice?

    I want mine to look like yours!

  13. Dione

    What did you think of the Silver Hills bread? I live in Edmonton, Alberta, and Squirrley bread has been my bread of choice for years. I buy it at Costco, where you get two loaves for the price of one anywhere else.

  14. Meister @ The Nervous Cook

    Now I really regret forgetting the cheese on my watermelon burgers! Sigh…

  15. jess☆ @ Multicultural Melbourne

    Oh. My. God. You genius. I looooooove watermelon, but have NEVER thought of trying it like this! Can’t wait to get the BBQ going now!!!

  16. the home tome

    I have now had watermelon with feta and also with red onions, but I just can’t imagine it with melted jarlsberg…will I try it? yes.

    Cheers from New York!

  17. Ameena

    Softbatch cookies! I used to eat straight through that little red package of cookies…so delicious. Remember Magic Middles?? Even better.

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