Cheesy Gooey Grilled Goodness

The track just opened and qualifications begin this week! So, let’s fire up the grill and get ready to add zip and zing to an American favorite–the burger! Think about the burger as a full meal! The base – the bun should have texture and stability to hold up to the juices and sauces. Choose one with flavor and chew; you don’t want it to turn to paste after a couple of handlings. Next, add the garden like tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, peppers, and onions, but you’ll want to keep the burger on top so the great beef flavor is first! My choice is to use caramelized onions, so I suggest slicing and cooking them slowly in the oven at about 225°F with a bit of sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir them every 30 minutes until desired color is reached, and then you can put them into small packets to freeze so they’re ready when needed. Now, select your meat of choice (I love Bison and moderately lean beef) and add seasonings as you wish. Lightly mix the meat and ingredients with a fork then lightly pat into a round shape and rest for a few minutes. If you haven’t noticed, this is a great way to get veggies into the body, so add chopped spinach, onions, and don’t forget those great antioxidants like cinnamon, oregano, and rosemary! If you’re not sure exactly what to include for your burger, check out these recipes.

Heat the grill to medium heat, oil the grates, and then place your prepared burgers on the grate. Cook one side for 5-7 minutes (no smashing), flip to second side, and cook an additional 5 minutes (still NO smashing). Check for doneness with a thermometer (they should be at least 160°F), remove from grill and place on clean platter. Tent the platter with foil and rest for 5 minutes.

It’s time for the condiments. Ketchup, salsa, mustard, mayo (plain or seasoned), pesto, and chili sauce are enough to get started, but feel free to add one of your own. Since the burgers have been removed from the grill, you can add the bun tops, if desired, to make them a little crispy. 

Oh, did I forget to mention CHEESE? What self-respectful burger lover wouldn’t add cheese to this delicious masterpiece? Cheddar, Colby, American, Swiss, Provolone, Gouda, or even Boursin!

Let us know what your favorite burger is in honor of May being National Burger Month. Don’t want to make your own burger? Check out the Food Network’s list of great burger joints throughout the States. also has more information about burgers than one could ever imagine!