The weather is beginning to change, and pretty soon all the stores will be selling their latest take on all things pumpkin spiced.
However, if the approach of autumn has you down due to the fact you won’t be able to host backyard BBQs as often as the summer, you may be planning on throwing one more before it gets too cold.
While you might be wracking your brain trying to find the perfect food to grill up before the season is officially over, you can’t go wrong with the classic: burgers.
Below is are a trio of the best burger recipes to close you can try to close out BBQ season.
There’s an old saying: ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it’ that one applies in this instance—why mess with success. This is a classic recipe for a mouth-watering burger that won’t take ages to prepare.
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 egg
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg with the salt and pepper.
- Add the ground beef and breadcrumbs and mix together with your hands (or a fork if touching raw meat isn’t for you) until it evenly blended.
- Throw the patties on the grill over medium heat until desired level of doneness (six to eight minutes should do the trick).
- Serve them on a bun with your favorite toppings.
It serves four burgers, so four people (or one very hungry one).
This recipe offers a little twist on the classic cheeseburger.
- 4 slices American cheese process slice (you can use Monterey Jack for a little extra kick)
- 1 1/2 lbs (700 g) ground beef
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) garlic salt
- Cut the cheese slices into quarters and stack them on top of each other until you have four stacks.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the Worcestershire sauce and the ground beef until evenly blended, then separate into 8 evenly sized portions.
- Take the cheese stacks and place them in the center of four of the meat portions, then take the remaining four portions and place them on top then pinch the sides together until it forms a seal and sprinkle the exterior with garlic salt.
- Grill the patties over medium-high heat for five to six minutes per side (for medium) or desired doneness.
- Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings (cheese lovers can add another slice of cheese on the bun for maximum cheesiness.
It serves four burgers.
Walnut Quinoa Burgers
This recipe is great for BBQ fans who are looking for vegetarian options that taste just like the real thing.
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup halved walnuts
- 3/4 cup chopped onion)
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 can dark red kidney beans
- 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Combine the quinoa and water in a microwavable bowl covered on high for 15 minutes (or until the water is absorbed).
- Toast the walnuts in a skillet over medium-high heat until they’re golden brown stirring frequently—four to six minutes.
- Finely chop the walnuts with a food chopper (if you don’t have one a knife works too).
- Return the skillet to the heat, add the oil and onion, and cook for two to three minutes.
- Drain the beans but keep ¼ of the liquid from the can.
- Add the beans, the liquid, the cooked quinoa, walnuts, onion, breadcrumbs, chili powder, cumin and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix until evenly blended.
- Divide the mixture into six patties and grill over medium-high heat for two to three minutes per side (or until grill marks appear).
- Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings.
Serves six people (six patties).