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How to Grill Hamburgers and Fries

July 2nd, 2011

Grilled Burger Sandwich and Fries

Sometimes we barbecue lovers just need to come back to the simplicity and “commonness” (if that’s a word?) of good ole’ burgers on the grill. They are easy and fast to make, and if you do it right, outstandingly edible and impossible to beat.

I really wanted to share something special with you for this fourth of July weekend. Sadly, I’ve been feeling under the weather yesterday and today, so I decided to simply show you how I grill burgers and fries on my Meadow Creek SQ36 Smoker. If you really want an enjoyable cookout with the family, grill up some burgers and fries and serve them right off the grill. It’s a lot of fun to pick at the fries and dip them in ketchup right on the grill.  :)

To the right is the finished product, for your drooling convenience.  😉

I’ll be using a Meadow Creek SQ36 Smoker with a grill pan in this recipe.

First, I pile my charcoal together and light it with a propane torch.

Firing My SQ36 Smoker With Grill Pan

We usually mix our own burgers because they are so much better than what we can buy in the store around here. While the charcoal is getting lit, you can mix up your meat. Earlier I posted a good recipe for homemade burgers. Click the link for our recipe and other tips on grilling burgers.

Mixing Hamburgers

Cutting Onion

After the charcoal has white edges, I spread it out evenly and set my stainless steel food grate on the grill.

SQ36 Meadow Creek Smoker With Grill Pan

In my homemade burger recipe here, I explain in more detail my secrets for grilling amazing burgers, but it’s really not that hard. Season them well on both sides and get ’em cookin’!

Grilling Fries and Burgers on SQ36 Smoker

Now, here’s where it gets really fun—grilling fries.  :)

Spread aluminum foil on the grate and use a fork to poke a bunch of holes in it. This way the smoke can travel through the foil. Dump your fries on the foil and season them with Meadow Creek’s regular seasoning or another rub that tastes great on vegetables. “Stir” them a little partway through to help them cook more evenly. Once they’re hot and soft all the way through, they’re ready to eat.

Grilling Fries

I like to add a slice of cheese to each burger as they finishing up on the grill. It makes a great presentation and the “eaters” will love it too.

Grilled Burgers on My SQ36 Smoker With Grill Pan

If the fries are getting close to done, but you need more time with the burgers, slide the foil over to a cool spot on the grill.

Grilling Fries and Burgers on SQ36 Smoker

Time to dig in! :)

Grilled Fries

Add some bread, lettuce, onion, and ketchup—and get your jaws in gear.

Grilled Burger Sandwich and Fries

Now it’s your turn.  Please leave a comment to share your thoughts. Like it? Ideas for improvement?

Just go do this and have fun,


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10 Responses to “How to Grill Hamburgers and Fries”

  1. mariano Icaza Says:

    Always enjoyed your recipes and cooking ideas very much.
    Thank you and I am keeping your e-mails on file.


  2. Abdue Hill Says:

    well this look real good, and this is exactly what I am going to do monday, for lunch along with some b,b,q baby back ribs and potato salad.


  3. n2blues Says:

    I like to make 1/4 lb patties, roll up balls of blue cheese and seal the cheese balls along with some diced onions and jalapeno peppers in-between 2 of the patties. Add a couple or three strips of good bacon on the top after the last turn. Cook low and slow to retain juiciness, and no one will leave the table hungry. We call it the B.B. King Burger, and as B.B. says “Everybody eats when I eat!”


    Lavern Reply:

    Wow, that sounds like one deliciously huge burger. Thanks for sharing.



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  5. Carlos Mendoza Says:

    I didn’t get to do this recipe yet but this weekend its on! I love all the tips thanks a lot hope you had a great 4th.


    Lavern Reply:

    Sounds great! Thanks for letting me know. :)


  6. baking tools Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! That burger looks sooooo great! This is what I’m going to do tomorrow. Love your blog, Lavern.


    Lavern Reply:

    You’re welcome. Thanks for letting me know. :)


  7. mr marc Says:

    Great post! Didn’t knw i can do fries on grill. but i have an indoor grill, i guess it should work..i’m gna try


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