The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Food

July 5, 2012

Summertime is burger time

TARBORO — Obviously it’s hot outside but that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to crank up the grill! I use my grill twelve months a year. For me, the only bad time to grill is in pouring rain. But, I have even done it then. After all, I have a golf umbrella and they are BIG so I can still stay dry.

 Almost any food is better when cooked on the grill. For my family, that means charcoal but I also own a gas grill when I need convenience and speed. However, hands down, burgers are better when cooked on the grill. There is nothing like the scent of a good hamburger sizzling away on the grill. But, if you are going to cook burgers, use your imagination and make them different and therefore more interesting.  You can do that somewhat with the condiments and sides but you can also do it with the burger itself.

Our first alteration is simple, BACON! Everyone, well almost everyone, loves bacon. But this burger doesn’t just have bacon it has bacon and cheese and onions. It’s sensational. The recipe is a bit reserved, it only uses one slice of bacon but I use two.

The second variation also uses bacon and uses Gouda cheese. In this one, the bacon is cooked, crumbled and added to the burger along with onion and Gouda.

The third burger isn’t beef. It’s turkey. That makes for a little less fat and calories, although not much. You can also use a combination of turkey and beef or chicken and beef.

The last recipe is for a stuffed burger. You can stuff almost anything into the middle of a burger. The kids love it. It’s like a surprise inside. This recipe has wild mushrooms and blue cheese but that’s a suggestion. Use any cheese or other ingredient that you like.

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