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How to Grill Hamburgers and Fries

Saturday, 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,


Amazing Grilled Hamburger Recipe

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

I’ve eaten lots of grilled hamburgers in my life. I’ve eaten some that were delicious and some that were okay. But then I’ve also had some grilled burgers that were simply amazing.

Here are a few of my secrets to making amazing grilled hamburgers.

  1. Mix your own burgers from ground beef.
  2. Season both sides heavily with a tasty barbecue rub (seasoning).
  3. Don’t overcook them.

If that was all you knew about grilling hamburgers, you could take the above three secrets and make amazing grilled hamburgers. But I’m going to elaborate on these a bit and share a recipe for mixing up some amazing burgers for the grill.

Grilled Hamburger Recipe

  • 1 pound hamburger
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices onion, chopped
  • 8 small Saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Mix the above ingredients together and form into burgers. If you don’t have a burger press, you can use a 1/3 cup or 1/4 cup measuring cup to measure the burger and then form the burgers with your hands.

Season both sides of the burgers heavily with a decent barbecue rub. If you don’t have anything, you can simply mix equal parts of salt, fresh ground peppercorn, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Check out my recent blog post on barbecue rub recipes for more help.

The final secret has to do with not overcooking the meat, and I can’t stress this enough. I personally don’t like to bite into a burger with lots of raw beef in the center, but I try to aim for a slightly pink center.

If you’re grilling thick burgers, turn down the heat and give the centers time to cook. Otherwise, the outside will get overdone and the center will still be raw. This is not a big issue with thin store-bought burgers though.

As they’re cooking, I like to brush barbecue sauce or ketchup on both sides to add a little more flavor and juice. And just as they’re finishing up, throw a slice of cheese on the top of each burger.

Serve them with some good homemade bread or rolls, sweet and tender lettuce, slices of sweet onion, mustard, ketchup, and pickles.

You will end up with more than an amazing grilled burger. You’ll be stunned with an amazing, loaded hamburger sandwich. This is easy deliciousness.

Have fun!


PS. The Meadow Creek BBQ26S Chicken Cooker and BBQ42 Chicken Cooker are both great for backyard grilling. Raise the charcoal pan for grilling burgers and drop it for flippin’ chickin’!

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Stainless Steel Grates: Every Meadow Creek barbecue cooker comes standard with non-rusting stainless steel grates. This eliminates the hassle of scrubbing rust and the danger of possible rust contamination on your meat.