Thursday, May 13, 2010

Retro Burgers

For Mother's Day my wife requested good old burgers for dinner.  So we decided to have good old burgers for dinner.  For some reason I felt a nostalgic tug from the yard.  I tapped my Weber charcoal kettle grill for the task.  She hadn't been in service since the Big Green Egg arrived back in October.  So it seemed like a good idea.  We had big, softball-sized patties for dinner.  The kids each enjoyed a "slider" sized burger.
My burger philosophy has been heavily influenced by Steven Raichlen.  He advocates for big, round patties made of fatty beef.  I usually get the 85% beef.  Mmm.  As I form them into balls I try to handle them as little as possible.  I spray them with olive oil and then sprinkle them liberally with salt and pepper.  These guys were grilled on high heat for 5-6 min on each side.  I pulled them with an internal temp of about 145f.  Normally I go for burgers piled with anything you can fit on the bun.  Heather had picked up some bleu cheese though, so I went rather minimalist.  I must confess: I did add ketchup along the way.


  1. So how was it, going back to the Weber after cooking on the Egg for months?

  2. I like to use my other grill and smoker every now and then too. Sometimes it is just for nostalgia. Other times, it is because I'm smoking a butt or brisket on the Egg and need to cook dinner in the mean time.

    Burgers look great!

  3. Ben, it worked out a.o.k. I was reminded how much I love that grill. She's been good to me. Of course, the Egg still sees most of the action. But I'm keeping my kettle grill, no doubt.

    Chris, I can see how useful it would be to have them both going at a time when there are a number of projects going on.

  4. I'm smoking a butt or brisket on the Egg and need to cook dinner in the mean time, But I'm keeping my kettle grill. thanx for the share.

  5. Megan, thanks for the comment.

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