Summer has officially arrived with a kick!! When summer comes, the fun thing to do is get the grill out and invite friends over to enjoy barbecue ribs, hamburgers, chicken, shrimp, and your favorite veggies or potatoes.
You know you love barbecue meals from the grill if you’re grilling in triple digit heat. If it’s that hot where you are, stay inside (or go somewhere cool) as much as possible and drink lots of water.
Other than the first two tips to stay cool and drink water, there are other good tips you need to know for safe grilling. Grilling accidents do happen [Read more…]
Hamburgers on the Grill
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Barbecue hamburgers have already gone on the grill for this Father’s Day weekend. They’re jam-packed with chopped-up yellow and green bell peppers and onion with one egg added to the mix.
adults kids who dislike eating vegetables, sneak in some colorful bell peppers in your meat. Chop them up very fine and put them in the middle of the patty. Nobody will ever know, and you managed to feed your family healthy vegetables without their knowledge.
These veggie-packed hamburgers remind me of the meatloaf my mother used to cook when I was growing up. I loved the way she baked meatloaf. It looked so pretty when she took it out of the oven and set it on top of the stove. The ketchup she had added (I assume toward the end of baking) covered the meatloaf like topping it with a sauce, almost like a dessert icing (more nutritious than the icing, for sure).
Meat Left Out Overnight
One meatloaf memory sticks with me. I had come in from school one day to eat lunch at home before I drove to the technical school for the afternoon. I heated the leftover meatloaf in the microwave. The meat must not have been evenly heated or warmed up enough in the microwave because I got terribly sick. It was years before I would eat meatloaf again.
On the note of leftover meat, what is your opinion about eating leftover grilled hamburgers? What if you put the hamburgers in the oven (not heated up) to keep flies off of the meat and forget that it’s in the oven until the next morning? I’ve done that. My typical response would be to throw it out just to be sure. If it’s in the winter, you don’t have central air and heating, and the temperature in your house is freezing, then I might eat the meat the next day. Do the safe thing.
Food Blog Grilling
Food bloggers, it doesn’t matter if you use the propane kind or a simple small charcoal type, hamburgers cooked on the grill are worth blogging about. So don’t wait ’til you can afford the propane grill you’ve been wanting before you blog about your summer grilling recipes. Go ahead and share the exciting summer recipes you cook on your little inexpensive charcoal grill. Just take a lot of pictures so you’ll get at least one good photo of the grill.
Ready for summer? The heat is kicking in just in time this weekend for the official day of summer on Tuesday. Sounds like time for grilling to me.
Stay Tuned for Summer Grilling Recipes
Last weekend I attended a mini retreat for writers and bloggers. It was held at a desert ranch, a quiet place to think, take photos, listen to birds, and write.What is your description of a retreat? Quiet place, a chance to do things you don’t usually have time for, or what comes to your mind?
The three-day event inspired us to write. We grilled. Ate. Wrote. Three of us were food bloggers. But we didn’t blog. No wifi – no blogging. Instead, we had fun with words, poetry, allowing nature to inspire us. A retreat away from deadlines and computers. I guess you can tell, right? I haven’t blogged in days – a NO-NO for food bloggers. I’ll make it up to you. In fact, I’ll start with the most delectable dessert you’ve ever heard of. Just keep reading.
My fellow retreat writers and I enjoyed the food. We brought enough for ourselves and to share. It was like a three-day picnic.
I think my favorite food during the three-day getaway was the pecan bean bar. If you’ve never tasted a dessert made from beans, you don’t know what you’re missing. It was one of the best sweets I’ve ever had.
The closest recipe I have for the pecan bar is a pinto pecan pie from pattycakespantry.com. There are a few differences like adding coconut, adding more pinto beans, Graham crackers, and frosting. I did NOT want to stop at one piece. It’s the most amazing dessert bar I’ve ever had.
We did have other foods, not just desserts. We grilled chicken and steak. That was certainly an experience. The charcoal wouldn’t stay lit. We’d get a big fire going, and it would go out. Not just once. Several times. F-I-N-A-L-L-Y, the fire really started. The flames were so big that the chicken looked charred. It actually tasted wonderful – well, maybe if you didn’t eat the black charred skin. Ribeye was also on our picnic menu. Good eating.
This week my husband grilled. The meat was so good. He grilled extra for the week. We included beef sausage. I could have eaten the whole thing without any help. It makes me laugh to think of how good his meat turns out compared to my grilling experience at the retreat. I think I’ll continue keeping him as my home grilling chef.
Since I like desserts so much and need to cut back, this month I’m focusing on nutrition and healthy meals and recipes. The hardest thing for me is to stay away from bread and desserts. For instance, at the retreat, we had grilled garlic bread. Oh, my! Why did I only allow myself one? To be honest, I wanted more. The garlic bread came already buttered with the seasoning, and there were two bags within a bag. When I came home, I brought the bag that hadn’t been touched. Can you believe I didn’t keep it? I gave it to my sweet neighbor – she and I both love bread.
Incidentally, when I walked back to my house after giving the bread to my neighbor, I could smell the aroma of neighborhood grilling. It came from my back yard where hubs was grilling finger-licking pork ribs.
Hamburgers for the Family
Spring has arrived! The thought of it makes me think of several things. Outdoors. Flowers. Gardens. Children playing outside. Smelling the aroma of hamburgers on neighborhood grills.
Everyone has a favored type of hamburger. Some like it grilled the old-fashioned way over charcoal. My mother-in-law always told her kids, if the hamburgers (or any other food) were burnt, that charcoal is good for your teeth.
How do you like your hamburgers cooked? Medium well, well done, or medium rare? With cheese? Would you like that with onions?
Years ago my friend, Dimity, got me hooked on hamburger buns toasted or grilled with mayonnaise. Toast, bake, or grill the buns too long, and you’ll have charcoal buns. But barely toast it, and it tastes amazing.
Juicy Hamburgers With Veggies for Kids
How is it that when you think you’ve heard of all kinds of ways to cook hamburgers, you hear of another hamburger recipe? Today I heard of a great hamburger recipe for kids. A friend, Sue Jackson, came up with a smart way to fix hamburgers for kids. She had cooked peppers, onions, and roasted veggies a day before making hamburgers. She put the leftover veggies in her food processor and then added them to ground chuck, eggs, Italian breadcrumbs and seasonings. What a great idea!
A hamburger, to me, means beef. There are turkey burgers, quinoa burgers, veggie burgers, and bean burgers. You can make them all taste wonderful, but they’re still only burgers – not the real thing, hamburgers. Ground chuck. Ground round. You know, beef.
Hamburgers are good for any meal, even breakfast.
Origin Of The Hamburger
Where did the term “hamburger” come from, anyway? Apparently, it originated from Hamburg, Germany and came to the U.S. in 1904. A hamburger is a ground beef patty placed between two slices of bread. The type of bread can be any type but is usually buns. But what makes hamburgers exceptional is the combination of things, like the type of bread, the seasonings, and other foods mixed in with the beef.
10 Best Hamburgers
Here are 10 of the best kind of hamburgers chosen from family’s and friends’ recipes and Pinterest (follow the links to view photos)
- Grilled Sweet Tea Barbecue Hamburgers (made by my husband and me) – (See recipe below)
- Sue Jackson’s veggie hamburgers (see above) – Great idea for getting kids to eat veggies.
- Patty Melt with Bacon and Caramelized Onions from www.imbored-letsgo.com. A Patty Melt is often referred to as a sandwich, but it is beef. It’s just a hamburger between two slices of bread that’s not usually buns, often rye.
- Onion Ring Bo Burger from thecozycook.com – I love eggs and blog often about them. When I saw this one, I knew I had to try it.
- Blue Cheese Burgers on light brioche rolls (and more ingredients that make this exceptional) from supergoldenbakes.com – I haven’t tried this particular recipe yet, but it looks SO good. The photo of the brioche rolls alone makes it look delicious. I have had blue cheese hamburgers and loved the flavor. No doubt, I’ll definitely like this recipe. Anxious to try it.
- Crescent Burgers from keyingredient.com – The photo of this one got me. Two things especially make hamburgers great – the beef and the bread. A simple hamburger with those two ingredients with mayonnaise and mustard would taste superb. Add the extras like bacon, onion rings, and veggies and it becomes totally exceptional. But those crescent rolls….!
- Western Bacon Burgers With BBQ Mayo And Crispy Onion Strings from lecremedelacrumb.com. Oh my goodness, these look incredibly delicious! It’s got almost everything I like on a hamburger.
- Cheeseburger In Paradise, A Jimmy Buffet Favorite from worldsbestrecipes4utoday.blogspot.com – What I like about this one is all that cheese, and I love the idea of adding the Bisquick. Great recipe for cheeseburger lovers.
- Black and Blue Burgers from emilybites.com – There’s that blue cheese again. Tasty. It’s spicy and has cole slaw. Great combination!
- Carolina Style Burgers from sugardishme.com – Beef, chili, and slaw to boot! This one’s low in calories, too.
Sweet Tea BBQ Grilled Hamburgers
- 3 lb ground beef
- salt to taste
- Sweet Tea Marinade
- Spicy Chili Seasoning (sprinkle lightly)
- Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce
- Season ground beef.
- Form beef into patties.
- Cover patties with the marinade.
- Grill, basting with barbecue sauce.
Imagine the number of hamburger ideas we could all come up with. The list would go on and on, and we would be craving hamburger for weeks.
If you try one of the 10 Best Hamburgers, tell me what you think. Better yet, follow the links to the websites where I found those hamburger recipes. I’m sure the bloggers/website owners will be happy to have you visit.
Now Go Enjoy A Hamburger! 🙂
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