Anita got me hooked on thick-cut bologna burgers and sandwiches.They are like the grown-up versions of the bologna sandwiches I had as a kid. I get the deli to cut chub bologna 1/2″ thick and then either fry, grill, or smoke it. Then I slather the bologna with Ross’ Pool Room sauce and serve it on buns topped with onion and pimento cheese. Yeah, that’s a Southern bologna burger right there! Any pimento cheese will work on these southern bologna burgers. I didn’t go crazy making one of my more complicated versions. Simple is just fine. For a bit of a kick substitute pepper jack cheese for the Colby or add a minced seeded jalapeno pepper.
Wow, talk about a burger that just rocketed to the top of our favorite-to-make list. These campfire burgers are just packed with flavor, inside and out. The patties are not boring, combining ground beef with cheese, bacon, Worcestershire and just a hint of smokiness. And then there’s the caramelized onions. Caramelized onions are a wonderful thing but adding balsamic vinegar to them makes them spectacular. And finally, a lightly smoky creamy sauce to top it all off. I recommend making more of the onions than the recipe for these campfire burgers calls for. On the off-chance that you have leftover onions they are also fantastic on grilled hot dogs. I also recommend making more of the sauce. It’s great to have on hand for, well, hot dogs again, but also po boy sandwiches or even as a dipping sauce for chicken nuggets.
I make sliders much more often than I do full-sized burgers. I’ve made all sorts of them. From chicken chorizo patty melt sliders to cedar-planked beef sliders, to grilled Big Mac sliders, I just love sliders. These grilled chipotle Ranch sliders have such fantastic flavor. The chipotles in adobo not only add great heat to the sliders, they also keep the patties very moist and tender. I topped them with mayonnaise mixed with a bit more chipotles in adobo for a nice creamy (and spicy) finish. Not too hot, mind you. Just a great spicy flavor. Don’t have chipotles in adobo on hand? Substitute Sriracha sauce or your favorite hot sauce.
We love our taco seasoning mix. It has a great spicy flavor that is perfect with ground beef for tacos. For fajitas we use this mix. Fajita seasoning mix doesn’t just have to be used on fajitas. We enjoy it mixed in (about a tablespoons worth) with sauteed bell peppers and sweet onions (one each medium green and red bell peppers and a medium sweet onion), which we then used to top burgers and hot dogs.
We seasoned a few home-ground beef patties with the mix, grilled them, then served them topped with the veggies, which were sliced.
Sprinkle a bit of the mix on hot dogs, grill them, and serve them on buns topped with the fajita-seasoned veggies (and a little cheese). We chopped the peppers and onion for the hot dogs.
Make a big batch of this and keep it in an airtight container in your pantry. This mix is perfect on beef. For chicken fajitas, try my chicken seasoning.
License to Grill is one of my all-time favorite TV cooking shows. Aired by Food Network Canada, the show, hosted by Chef Rob Rainford, always contained the best outdoor cooking recipes. Although the show no longer airs, you can find a lot of recipes (like this one for maple mustard pork burgers) from the show at the License to Grill blog.
When I first took a bite of these wonderful maple mustard burgers my first thought was “oh my goodness, I may give up beef burgers”. They’re just that good. The onion and garlic in the patty adds great flavor and keeps the meat tender and moist. The glaze… well, the glaze is absolutely fantastic. It’s a combination of sweet and tangy that gets nice and crusty over a very hot grill. I will be using the glaze on other pork dishes, such as grilled tenderloin or pork sliders.
I served these fantastic onion burgers 3 different ways over 3 nights. Two were on buns, and one was bun-less. All three versions were absolutely fantastic. The patties have a nice kick to them, thanks to the spicy V8 juice and some sassy Russ & Franks BBQ sauce (substitute your favorite if you can’t find Russ & Franks). The onion soup mix gives them an almost meatloaf like flavor.
These things work great. You can make a lot of burgers in a short amount of time. Each burger comes out the same as the last. And as an added bonus, the burger press also puts a slight dimple in the middle of the patties so they don’t balloon up on the grill. The burger press makes a single 1/4 pound or 1/2 pound patty at a time, while the slider press makes 2 1/8th pound (2 ounce) patties at a time.
I have found that these presses work best if you first put down a piece of wax paper over the bottom of the form. Then, add the measured meat amount, and another piece of wax paper. Place the top on and press down, beginning on one side and sort of rolling around the sides to push the meat out to all of the edges. Then push down in the middle of the press on the knob. Pull the top off and remove the patty – it doesn’t stick because of the wax paper, which you can use over and over several times before it gets a little torn.
Oh and another bonus is that these presses are completely dishwasher safe!