The summer heat wave that swept the nation over the Fourth of July made life miserable for many Americans who lost power a week earlier in freakishly strong storms. The storm and the ensuing heat wave are just two more reasons why it’s good to grill. Grilling adds flavor to meat and side dishes without using electricity or heating up your home. Whether you prefer charcoal, propane or smokers, Lumbermen’s and Fireplace and Stone Center supports your craft with patio and deck materials, a large variety of outdoor grills, and best of all, tried and true recipes sure to please your friends and family.
Best Burger Ever
This recipe has been passed down from fathers to sons. It’s a surprisingly simple, yet flavorful recipe that adds subtle, rich taste to ground beef burgers. What makes it even better is that you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry; if not, they’re easy to find at your nearest grocery store.
2 pounds ground beef
1 packet Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. A1 steak sauce
Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly with clean hands. Divide into eight patties. Grill over medium-high heat to your desired doneness. For perfectly medium patties with just a hint of pink, flip every 2.5 minutes for 12 minutes. Serve with provolone cheese and ketchup or your favorite barbecue sauce on toasted buns.
Pair the burgers with a few delicious grilled side dishes like Joe’s Stone Crab Cole Slaw
and Red, White and Blue Potato Salad
. When you’re done cooking, allow your grill to cool just slightly, then brush the bars with a stiff wire brush to remove debris from your grill top. If you can’t find a grill brush in your kitchen drawer, crumple up a piece of aluminum foil into a tennis-ball sized lump and use it to scrape sticky food remains off your grilling surface. Rub a small amount of vegetable oil onto the cleaned grill top with a folded up paper towel to prepare the grill for your next culinary adventure and to etch killer grill grate marks into your home-cooked meat.