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Monday, September 26, 2011

Grilled Hamburgers

Phillip is the griller in our family.  He has grilled the pork ribs for our Herring family BBQ's as well as hamburgers, chicken, pork chops, and shrimp for just the two of us.  We are fortunate that the weather is usually mild enough in our area that we grill year round.   

We have a Weber 22 inch grill.  He pours Kingsford Charcoal into 1/4 to 1/2 of the bottom surface of grill.  This is to cook 4 to 6 hamburger patties.  Spray lighter fluid over charcoal until covered well.  Let it soak in and then ignite with a match or hand lighter.  The charcoal will need to burn until the flame goes out and the charcoal is almost completely white.  Scrub the grill rack with a wire brush to clean where the charcoal has burned. 

We cook ground chuck from the Cottonwood IGA.   Phillip takes a portion of the meat and shapes into a round ball about the size of a tennis ball and then compresses it to about a half inch thick.  He then rounds the edges of the patty. 

Place the hamburger patties on the grill rack.  You do not want your hamburger patties to touch.  Place the lid back on the grill.  Slightly crack your air vent on the grill top.  Allow to cook for 8 to 10 min.  If the patties have a slightly cooked appearance on the top, the patties are ready to flip.  Flip patties and leave top off until the charcoal begins to flame.  Put top back on grill.  Cook 10 -12 min.  Remove lid and flip burgers.  You will continue flipping and checking burgers until they reach desired doneness.  We like cheese burgers, so when the burgers are well done, we add 1/2 slice of Velvetta cheese on top of each burger patty.  Put the lid back on the grill to allow the cheese to melt.  Place hamburger patties on platter and serve.

The only variation that we make with our burgers is the additional of a packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix.  This is mixed well with the meat before making into patties.

                                                     Grilled Hamburgers
2 lbs. of ground chuck
Velveeta Cheese slices
Hamburger buns
Lays Potato Chips

Follow above directions for grilling.  You may add seasonings of your choice to the meat before grilling.  You may also have condiments of your choice to go on your burger.  I combine 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise and 1/2 Tbsp. ketchup to go with my burger.

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