The Most Essential Item

It’s been a while. I have all these recipes I want to get posted, but the posts have had to take a backseat to other things. The good news is, I’ve been having a great summer filled with all the typical summer events: a wedding, vacation, concerts, conventions, and barbecues.

I know there are tons of great barbecue foods, but I consider burgers to be one of the most classic. Prior to moving to Seattle, I had never been to a barbecue that didn’t include burgers and so part of me just assumed that it was a standard part of the menu. However, during my first summer in Seattle, I attended two events where burgers where not a priority. During the first event, there were tons of frozen patties, but no buns or condiments. I thought I learned my lesson with the first event, so for the second event, I decided to bring buns, cheese, and condiments. I even had some seasoning in case someone had just brought frozen patties again, so I was sure I had it covered! This time, though, even the frozen patties were missing.

That’s sort of how I became the burger girl at barbecues in Seattle. To avoid future disappointment, I decided it would be best for everyone if I just provided the burgers AND the buns. There hasn’t been another disappointing barbecue since. Hopefully the recipe (which I’ve scaled down to family size) will be the crowd pleaser that I’ve found it to be for you as well.

What’s your essential barbecue food?

Grilled Burgers

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1/4 lime
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon black or red pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:
1. Squeeze the lime juice directly on to the ground beef.
2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in to the beef and mix well.
3. Form the beef in to four patties and let sit for at least one hour.
4. Grill to your preferred level of doneness.