It is time again for Fire Day Friday here at Our Krazy Kitchen.
Since my blog is all about grilling, BBQ, and live fire cooking, we cook a lot of burgers. A lot.
- Classics – Mushroom Swiss Burger, Blue Cheese Burger
- Stuffed Burgers – Steakhouse Burger, Jucy Lucy, Spicy Cheddar Stuffed Burgers
- Off The Chart Burgers – Pig Candy Burger, Smoked Pepper Jack Cheeseburger
- and once, even a veggie burger – Spinach and Garbanzo Bean Burger
But my kids favorite burger is actually rather simple. You might notice the similarities to a Big Mac but it is grilled, tastier, and it is not a toppling mess about to fall over.
My Kids’ Favorite Burger
- 1 lb ground chuck
- 2 tsp burger seasoning*
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 buns
- 4 slices Baby Swiss Cheese
- thinly sliced iceberg lettuce
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- sliced dill pickles
- homemade Thousand island dressing*
- 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
- 1/4 tsp chipotle chile, ground
- Mix the dressing, garlic and chipotle together and refrigerate an hour before you start making the burgers.
- Preheat a charcoal grill to 450f.
- Mix the ground chuck and burger seasoning together. Divide into four portions and make into 4″ patties*.
- Grill the burger patties for 4 minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on the burgers and flip.
- Season the other side with another pinch of salt and cook another 3 minutes. Top each with a slice of cheese and cook another minute or until the burger is an internal temp of 165f.
- Place patties on bun bottoms.
- Slather the bun tops with some of the “special sauce” from step one. Top with lettuce and 3 pickles. Season with a pinch of black pepper*.
- Put together and eat!
- I like using Weber brand burger seasoning.
- Really, making your own is 100% better than anything you can buy off the shelf.
- Working with cold meat and cold hands is important to keep the fat from melting while making the patties. If it breaks down, your burger will end up dry and flat.
- Seasoning with the black pepper is a small touch but it really makes a difference. I swear it freshens the lettuce up or something.