Nothing says summer to me quite like hamburgers on the grill.
It’s always the first meal that I want when the snow starts to melt in the spring, and I swear it never gets old all summer long.
Homemade, fresh beef, burgers on the grill. Mmmmmmm. Now I’m just making myself hungry. And, unfortunately, the snow hasn’t all melted here yet. I might have to try my hand at winter grilling if I keep thinking about these recipes.
I am now willing to share my recipe for gorgeous, delicious, Mom-can-you-please-make-burgers-tonight hamburgers on the grill. Easy, because as a busy mother of 6 kiddos, I don’t have time for difficult. And you’d better believe they taste good because otherwise my two picky eating kids wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole no matter how much they like hamburgers. Also, I’m all for sneaking vegetables into anything that they’ll eat. So I do that here too.
First off, start with some quality beef if you can. We are blessed with friends that own organic dairy and beef farms, so we buy our beef by the cow and the quality can’t be beat, even after it’s frozen. It is simply the best. However, whatever you’ve got in the fridge or freezer will work just fine. I’m a HUGE proponent of using what you have. Since I have the aforementioned 6 kids at home, a quick run to the grocery store for an ingredient has long since turned into just finding something else to use for that ingredient. You get the best innovation that way (and I’d waste the entire dinner prep, cook, and eat time at the grocery store otherwise).
Now, to me, fresh is usually better. Fresh ingredients make the best food. However, to my kids that will refuse to eat anything if they can find a teensy tiny piece of onion in it………dried and powdered ingredients are my friend. You go ahead and use whatever works best in your house.
Without any more ado, here is the fabulous recipe:
1.5 pounds of Ground Beef
Fresh or Dried of the following (if using fresh, use about 3 times as much and finely chop)
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Italian Herb mix (Rosemary, Oregano, Basil, and Thyme)
Fresh Spinach that I have chopped into oblivion in my food processor
1 egg (this really should be fresh) 🙂
1-2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
Now, dump all of that into a bowl, and get ready to get messy. You can try to stir it up with a spoon, whack at it with a spatula, or stab into it with a knife, but the best way to mix up these burgers is to wash your hands and dig in with both of them.
Now, form them into patties. They don’t have to be perfect, but if you want to invest in a burger press or something similar for that perfect patty every time, go for it.
Now, just cook them to perfection on a hot grill. Usually about 5 minutes per side, flipping them every couple of minutes so they get done evenly.
When the burgers are done, add a slice of cheese on top of each one, shut off the grill, and close the lid for a minute or two. Melty, cheesy, burger perfection. An added bonus of putting the slice of cheese on is you can slice into the middle of the burger a little bit to make sure they’re done to your preference and no one will every know. 🙂