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Best Backyard Burgers

Ready to step up your burger game? Simple to make and only requiring a handful of inexpensive ingredients,
these burgers will be a hit at any backyard cookout. Expect a juicy, savory with a touch of smoke burger which
goes great with a sharper cheddar or swiss or without cheese.

 

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients.
This recipe is based on a per pound formula. Multiply the recipe by the number of pounds of meat you have.
You will need:
1lb – 80/20 ground chuck
1 tsp – Weber Steak Seasoning
1/4 dried pasilla negro dried pepper
great buns
Hickory logs or chips

Optional:
Cheese (a sharper cheddar or swiss is good)
Lettuce
Tomato
Pickles

 

Step 2: Preheat Your Grill and Make Your Patties

Start your coals
I use Weber’s chimney to start my coals but you can
start it any way you like. While your coals are starting,
go make your patties.

Make your patties
First, remove the seeds from your peppers. Then,
finely dice your pepper. You want this to be fairly
small, 1/8 square pieces or so. Place this into your
mixing bowl when finished. Then, add your teaspoon
of steak seasoning.

Next, put your meat in the bowl. Mix the spices
thoroughly by squeezing the meat through your
fingers. Once your meat is seasoned it’s time to make
your patties!

To make a great patty, divide your meat into 1/4 or
1/3 lb balls. I tend to do 1/3 lb because that’s what fits
in my hands. Roll the meat in your hands until it forms
a good solid ball. Then, flatten the meat into a patty
using your hands. You want your meat to be 1/2 to
3/4 of an inch thick (any thinner and they will fall apart
when you put a depression in the middle, any thicker
and they turn into hockey pucks). Using the heel of
your hand, place a big depression in the middle of
your patty. This will allow the patty to maintain its
cylindrical shape throughout the cooking process
instead of turning into a ball.

Step 3: Finish Preparing Your Grill

Dump your coals in the center of your grill. Then,
cover them with your Hickory logs, chunks, or chips. I
prefer logs because they do a better job of protecting
your burgers from direct heat than chips and chunks.
Other wood types that are commonly used for
smoking are also great (I’ve had great success with
apple).

Put your grill over the coals and let the grill come to
temperature.I leave my vent about 1/3 open for a 26″
grill. On a 22″ grill, I leave it open about half way.

Note:
I’ve used two different Weber grills extensively, the
small (22″) and the next size up (26″). Without a
doubt, the 26″ is an easier grill to work with. It allows
for cooler temperatures to be held for long periods of
time much better than the smaller version. That said,
do not trust the thermometer in the lid. My current
grill is nearly 75 degrees over while my friend’s is 40
degrees over! I eventually invested in their iGrill
which is something I never said I would do but it has
been a great investment. It works through bluetooth
so you can read the temperature as long as you are
in range. It allows for accurate temperatures and has
an alarm to warn you if your grill is too hot or too cold.
This is great for days when you are prepping other
foods while away from your grill because it will alert
you if the grill starts to go out. It’s also crucial if you
want to get into smoking meats. I have the iGrill 2 and
have used the iGrill mini as well. I prefer the iGrill 2
for the multiple thermometers.

Step 4: Cook Your Burgers
Put your burgers over the center of your grill. The
wood below should help keep your burgers from
being over direct heat as well as providing a light
smoke flavor. The indirect cooking allows you to
evenly cook your burgers so you only have to turn
them once. This results in a great juicy burger!
Cooking times vary wildly depending on the
temperature of your grill. For me, at around 350-400 F
degrees, a burger takes around 4 minutes per side. If
you don’t know how to tell if your meat is done, use
your iGrill thermometer for an accurate reading. Your
burger should be 160 F degrees and not too much
higher.

Put some cheese on top if you prefer your burgers
that way and serve!

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