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What’s your favorite item to grill? I grill as much and as often as I can in the summer. I just love it, being outside, the sun, the smell of the grill firing up, the taste of the grilled food. Grilling brings back such fond memories for me as a child and I just get all of those feelings rushing back to me when grilling. It’s amazing to me how our lives can rush back to us just by simply a smell, or a touch. Our senses are like our own personal time machine, able to transport us back to times in our life we may have forgotten. Smells can bring about a sense of calm, comfort and help us remember happier, simpler times. We all have that one food we love on the grill, the one food that we would choose to eat time and time again, some its chicken, steak or pork chops. While I love those things as well, my favorite thing to grill is burgers.
I just don’t know what it is I love so much about burgers. But to me there is nothing more satisfying that biting down into a perfectly dressed, cheesy, juicy burger. It screams summer to me. There is something so great about slapping the patty down on the grill and hearing the familiar sizzle and smelling the meat cook as the coals heat from below. That my friends is the epitome of summer. Charcoal grilling is how we grilled growing up. We didn’t have the luxury of the gas grills, and we didn’t need them, our charcoal grill worked out just fine. Our go to choice of charcoal briquets was and still is Kingsford. I knew that if Kingsford was on the bag that we were going to have a feast and we didn’t worry about the quality of heat we would get with Kingsford, because the quality was always spot on.
To this day when I pick up a bag of Kingsford Match Light and I bring it home and fire up my grill, I am transported back to all those times in my childhood and to those delicious burgers on the grill. My Mom was the griller in my family. I can say that she passed that on to me and I am the griller now. I have taken my Mom’s best burger recipe and elevated it to make Herbed Butter Burgers. The reason burgers are so delish on the grill is because the fat inside melts and and bastes the burger, the smoke from coals drifts up and adds a smokeyness to the burgers that you just can’t get inside. In my herbed compound butter burgers, the butter melts and releases the herbs into the burger and as the fat melds into the meat it carries the herbs through it in every nook and crannie. This creates the most juicy and flavorful burger you have ever had. I like to use 80/20 ration for burgers. I find that this has good fat content for grilling, but it still turns out a tender, juicy burger.
I headed to Walmart to pick up Kingsford Charcoal for a great start to my BBQ. They have a wide variety of Kingsford products including my personal favorite Kingsford Match Light. Match light just requires you to pour the coals into the grill, light the coals, and wait 10 minutes until the coals are all white. It’s that simple, no fuss and all the benefits and flavor of Kingsford Match Light Charcoal. Using Kingsford in your grill will create great “adulting” times in the most mundane of days. Turn your boring weeknight into a fantastic and tasty celebration. Make these Herbed Butter Burger and be the star of the week!
Herbed Butter Burger
2 lbs of ground 80/20 beef
4 slices of Gouda cheese
1 stick of softened butter
1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup of chopped fresh chives
1 sprig of rosemary chopped
3 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp of salt
Soften butter slightly in the microwave or leave on the counter to come to room temp. Mix in all chopped herbs, garlic, and salt. Roll into log shape using parchment paper or plastic wrap. Freeze until firm. You could make 4 1/2lb burger or 8 1/4lb burgers. Do whatever your family preference is. I separate the beef into desired sizes. I then cut that number off the butter log. Take one butter piece and form one hamburger patty around it. Put a divot in the middle of the burger so they hold their shape as they cook. Salt and pepper both sides. Place on the grill and cook until desired temperature. I usually turn ours once and then top with cheese if desired and allow to melt. Dress it your favorite way! Enjoy!