USA: Backyard Barbecue

Cooking over fire is popular all over the world but there is something quintessentially American about cooking burgers on a grill. So that is what we did!

Our American menu consisted of Hamburgers, loaded fries, grilled broccoli, watermelon, and s’mores for dessert!

Every time we make hamburgers my husband and I always add a plethora of spices to our meat before grilling. Before I married by husband, I would salt and pepper my burgers maybe I’d add a dash of garlic powder but that was basically it. Since we combined our forces I have adapted my recipe to be more like his- by adding Frank’s Hot Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper- the beef is elevated to a juicy super tasty burger.

I never measure these spices/ sauces when I make burgers and I encourage you to do the same. Experiment, take notes, and change it next time, that way you can find the perfect blend for your tastes…

But if you are a fan of measuring or if you would rather have tasty burgers out of the gate (who wouldn’t?!) I’ve added the recipe at the end of this post 🙂

As a side we had loaded fries- this was the showstopper of the meal! So much so, that we’ve already had them again since this dinner. Did you know you can cook frozen fries on the grill!? I didn’t but it turns out you can and hold onto your hats because this is a game changer!

French fries are delicious on their own but fries with a smokey grill flavor, smothered in cheese, green onions, and sea salt- shut the front door! They are insanely simple and so delicious- did I mention that they’re tasty? because they are…. I want some now…

Finally, in an attempt to make this meal somewhat healthy we tried grilling broccoli for the first time. I had read that broccoli takes to grilling really well but this wasn’t our favorite. Maybe it was too cooked or we needed a different way of finishing them off- worth revisiting, but not a success the way we did it. We ate them but didn’t exactly enjoy it, if you catch my drift.

For dessert we went to our Global Feast cookbook for that recipe: S’mores!

S’mores are a yummy treat made from a fire toasted marshmallow sandwiched between two graham crackers with slightly melted chocolate- yum!

These are a little different for a few reasons…

  1. They are made inside, in a toaster oven/ oven
  2. You use mini marshmallows not 1 big one
  3. Instead of a bar of chocolate you use chocolate chips

You pop them in the toaster oven or actual oven and toast them till the marshmallows are browned. Sandwich them and enjoy! This recipe will come back out in the dead of winter when we’re getting stir crazy and desperate for something new-ish and exciting!

I encourage you to have your own backyard bbq and add your own favorites- hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips, potato salad, the possibilities are endless!

American Hamburgers

  • 2 lbs 80/20 ground beef (more fat= more flavor)
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 10 dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Buns
  • (optional) Cheese- American, Pepper Jack, or Cheddar
  • Plus any fixins you would like on top of your burger (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, ketchup or bbq sauce)
  1. Preheat the grill
  2. Combine beef with onion powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, Frank’s hot sauce, salt and pepper. Mix till just combined, but don’t over mix
  3. Separate into 4 large, 6 medium, OR 8 small patties
  4. Place patties on the grill, flip after 7 or so minutes or when slightly charred.
  5. Cook on the other side- remove from the grill when the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  6. Place the burgers on a plate and cover with tin foil to rest for at least 10 minutes- if you would like cheese leave them on the grill but move the burgers off direct heat and add a slice of cheese. Remove the cheeseburgers once the cheese is melted, rest
  7. Place the burgers on a bun with your choice of toppings- I prefer a little bit of Ketchup, BBQ sauce, and a few onions.
  8. Enjoy with family and friends!

Loaded Grilled French Fries

  • 1 bag frozen french fries
  • 1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 finely chopped green onion
  • 3 slices of bacon crumbled
  • sea salt to taste
  • Tin Foil
  1. Preheat the grill
  2. Create 3 baskets or boats out of tin foil
  3. Place the frozen fries into the tin foil baskets
  4. Place on the grill for 20-30 minutes with the lid closed, stirring occasionally until crispy and cooked through
  5. Divide the cheese between the three boats; close the lid for a couple minutes for the cheese to melt
  6. Remove from the heat, sprinkle with salt, green onions, and crumbled bacon (we didn’t have any *face palm*)
  7. Enjoy!

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