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.

5 comments:

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  5. Megan, thanks for the comment.

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