Do you buy frozen beef patties for summer grilling? Really? Please tell me you don’t. Or at least, please tell me that you have done it for the last time! When you see how easy it is to make tasty, juicy burgers that are infinitely superior to those tasteless wooden slabs, and only use four ingredients, I know you will make your own next time. And your family and guests will be glad you did.
We certainly were. Several days before our recent beach camping trip to Hither Hills State Park here on the East End of Long Island, I made about a dozen burgers (which took all of five minutes, even with Leandro doing the burger formation), cooked a couple for dinner, then wrapped and froze the rest. Ours are a variety of sizes, as a certain almost-six-year-old was in charge of forming the patties. I like having many sizes actually, because it suits different appetities. Adjust cooking times accordingly.
On the day we left for camping, I put several in the cooler, in the warmer part away from the ice, so they would defrost. By the time we had set up camp and got the grill going, they were thawed (but still safely cold). We threw them on the grill, along with a handful of asparagus from Restoration Farm, bottoms snapped off and smeared with olive oil. Less than ten minutes later, delicious dinner al fresco!
Big Bang Burgers: 4 ingredients, fab juicy flavor
(makes about a dozen; suitable for freezing)
3 lbs. ground beef
1 Cup minced onion
3 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
3 tsp Adobo powder
Combine all ingredients gently, but thoroughly. Form into 4 oz. patties. Cook on a hot grill or grill pan (4 minutes each side for medium rare; 5 minutes each side for medium), turning only once during cooking,. DO NOT press burgers with a spatula if you want to keep the juiciness in.
A word on ground beef: I should grind my own, but of course I don’t. I buy organic from Costco and hope that the organic specifications provide some protection against consuming tainted food. I am probably kidding myself, but I try.
Just make sure that your meat comes from a reliable source and that you follow the recommendations for safe handling of ground beef.