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Plan A National Burger & Memorial Day Picnic

(Courtesy PoolSide News) In 2020, May is a great month if you love picnics, backyard grilling AND burgers! May 29 is National Burger Day and May 25 is Memorial Day. If there was ever a time to combine friends, family and grilling we cannot think of one! We have put together a list of mouthwatering and items you may not think would go together to help you amp up your title of Backyard Burger King/Queen and share Memorial Day and National Burger Day with friends and family in a way they will be talking about long after they’ve finished the burger. National Burger Day may not be considered a “holiday” but if you love burgers — and who doesn’t? — why not celebrate this backyard grilling favorite. There is no reason not to serve the traditional cheeseburger, but why not treat your guests to taste sensations they may never have considered… s’mores burger anyone? Yes, burger and marshmallows — delicious! Plan A National Burger & Memorial Day Picnic - There’s nothing like a Classic Cheeseburger Can you imagine a backyard barbecue or a Memorial Day party without a cheeseburger? We can’t! Here is a simple recipe for the best classic cheeseburger. Ingredients 1 ½ lbs lean 80/20 ground chuck Salt and pepper to taste 4 slices American cheddar cheese 4 hamburger buns split crosswise (elevate the bun by serving a brioche bun) Directions Preheat your grill. If you’re a traditionalist when it comes to grilling burgers and use charcoal let them heat until the coals are glowing a bright orange. Divide the burger into four equal portions. Form a patty. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Place the patty direct heat. Cover and grill about three minutes or until the patties are slightly charred with those enviable grill marks. Flip and grill for another three minutes. Cook the burger to the doneness each guest prefers. Don’t press the burger or you will be releasing the juiciness of it. Place a slice of cheese to the tops of the burgers. Place buns on the indirect side of the grill, cut side down. Cover and grill for another minute to melt the cheese and toast the buns. Remove the burger patties and buns from the grill. Offer your guests their choice of toppings: Mayo, mustard, ketchup, pickles, onions, etc.

Juicy Lucy 

This is a Minneapolis twist on the classic cheeseburger. In this burger though the cheese is placed between two patties instead of being placed on top. When you bite into the burger the heated cheese will ooze out.


4 slices of American cheese or another favorite cheese 1 ½ lbs. ground 80/20 chuck 1 ¼ teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 hamburger buns Sliced pickles


  1. Cut each slice of the cheese into 4 smaller squares. Stack the pieces on top of each other to form 4 stacks. Set aside.

  2. Mix the ground chuck, salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper.

  3. Divide into eight equal portions.

  4. Place two portions of the meat on a work surface. Form the 2 portions into ¼-inch thick patties, each about 1 inch wider in diameter than the hamburger buns. Place 1 stack of cheese in the center of one of the patties.

  5. Top with the second patty and pinch the edges to form a tight seal. Cup the patty with your hands and round out the edges, pressing on the top to flatten it and form a single thick patty. Transfer this onto a plate.

  6. Repeat with the remaining portions of meat and cheese to form 4 patties in total. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the patties to set.

  7. Heat the outdoor grill to medium-high heat.

  8. Place the patties on the direct-heat side of the grill.

  9. Cover and grill for four to five minutes per side or until grill marks appear and the patties are cooked through.

  10. Remove the patties and loosely tent with foil for at least 5 minutes.

  11. Split the buns and place them on the indirect-heat, cut side down, for 1 to 2 minutes.

  12. Remove from the grill. Place a patty on top of the bottom half of the bun, top with pickles and cover with the top half of the bun.

  13. Serve immediately.

The S’mores Burger

Yes, we said we were going to have a receipt for this! This burger combines sweet and savory and is delicious!


2 lbs. 80/20 ground beef 6 ounces 60% dark chocolate 18 marshmallows 6 pieces graham crackers, divided into two 6 hamburger buns


  1. Preheat the grill to high heat.

  2. Divide the beef into 6 portions and form each portion into a ball. Place a ball on a work surface. Flatten it and form a thin patty.

  3. Break a chocolate square into smaller pieces so that they can lay in a single layer in the center of the burger. Wrap the burger meat around the chocolate, cupping it in your hands as you turn it to form a thick patty. Place on a clean plate.

  4. Repeat until you have 6 burger patties.

  5. Season the patties with salt

  6. Thread marshmallows on bamboo skewers that have been soaked in water for at least an hour. Place the burger patties on the direct-heat side of the grill. Cover and grill for 3 minutes. Place the marshmallows on the indirect-heat side of the grill for 1 minute.

  7. Flip the burgers and remove the marshmallows from the grill. Add 3 pieces of the toasted marshmallows on top of each of the burger patties. Cover and grill for another 3 minutes, or until the patties are cooked through, and the marshmallows have melted and coated the top of the burger. Remove from the grill.

  8. Lightly toast the hamburger buns, crust side down, on the indirect-heat side of the grill. Put half of a graham cracker on the bottom bun. Top with the burger patty, another half of the cracker and the top bun. Serve immediately. Source: The Food in My Beard

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