It's time to fire up the grill! And until this blog post, that is all I had done before - turned the grill on. I normally leave the grilling to my husband because he's great at it and is a really good cook overall. (And let's be honest, if someone else is going to cook for me, why would I stop them?)
On this particular day, though, he wasn't home yet. I had promised my family burgers, so I had to just go for it myself. The first thing I did was go to tastefullysimple.com/get-and-share-recipes and search for burger recipes. There are so many amazing burgers out there, you really can't go wrong.
Since I still had to conquer the grill, I decided to go simple and chose Bayou Bourbon Burgers. There were a few things that sold me on this recipe. It calls for only three ingredients besides ground beef - Bayou Bourbon™ Glaze and Ultimate Steak™ Seasoning, plus French-fried onions, which I knew I'd be able to snack on while I cooked – bonus!
If you've never tried Bayou Bourbon Glaze, it's a delicious brown sugar bourbon sauce with hints of onion, garlic and molasses. The Ultimate Steak Seasoning brings the steakhouse flavors of black pepper, coarse sea salt, red bell pepper and paprika. It really is the only seasoning you need for burgers or steaks. We used to come up with our own blend of multiple spices until we discovered this seasoning that has everything we need all in one jar.
Here is how easy these burgers come together. The original recipe is created to be a freezer meal, but I made them fresh instead. All you need to do is combine the ground beef, French-fried onions, Ultimate Steak Seasoning and Bayou Bourbon Glaze.
That's basically it. Your burger mixture is technically complete. I decided to jazz it up just a little bit by adding cheese.
I chopped up a few slices of cheddar and added it right into the burger mixture. This is a trick our director of Culinary Development & Experiences, Jane Nachbor, taught me and it's genius – in my opinion, anyway. I added cheese to half of my burger mixture, so I had some patties with and without cheese.
So now it's time to make the burger patties. The recipe calls for 6-8 full-size patties, but at my house we almost always make sliders. We love sliders for many reasons. We typically have a package of dollar buns on hand that make great slider buns. Plus, my girls don't often eat a full-size burger, so it's a perfect portion size for them.
Making the patties could not be easier! If you haven't heard of the peanut butter jar lid hack, you need to check it out (Jane taught me this, too). Using the lid helps you to form perfect patties every time and you don't even need to get your hands dirty.
Here is all you need to do. For sliders, use a smaller peanut butter jar lid. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the lid.
Fill the lid with your burger mixture.
Fold the plastic wrap over the top to help form the patty.
Unfold the plastic wrap and pop the burger patty out – simple!
Next up, it's time to hit the grill. This is where I also hit the Internet again so I could research how long I needed to grill these burgers. I wanted to be safe rather than sorry. (There is no shame in asking for help!)
The burgers smelled delicious as they were cooking, so I'm sure I was the envy of the entire block. In about 8-10 minutes, I had perfectly grilled burgers. For real. I didn't have to buy stunt doubles or anything. It was a pretty proud moment for this grilling newbie.
My family was proud, too. My husband arrived home just as I was taking them off the grill and I received thumbs up all around the dinner table.
The Bayou Bourbon Glaze and Ultimate Steak Seasoning add so much flavor for so little work. I will never season burgers with just salt and pepper again. Simple does not have to mean boring, especially when it comes to these burgers!
Tips & Hints:
- To make this recipe as a freezer meal simply combine ingredients; form 6-8 patties, wrap each in wax paper; place in gallon resealable freezer bag. Freeze. When you're ready to make them, thaw the patties completely, grill or pan-fry to desired done-ness.
- The small peanut butter jar lid made about 15 slider patties, so it's perfect for a backyard BBQ or to make enough for leftovers.