Part of a series I started because owners Tom and Leslie love to cook gourmet meals at home - rain or shine, and figured it would inspire you as much as it did me!
Grilled Hand-Smashed Burgers & Mushrooms: Tom's Rainy Day BBQ.
Nothing like a rainy-day BBQ!
1. Prep: For the Burger, I used our 85/15 All-Natural 1lb Ground Chuck bricks.
The prep-work was done inside with little effort. I like a bit larger burger than some, so I cut the brick into thirds (and I like leftovers to use in lunches, so I made two bricks worth). This would be about 5.3 oz. each. I hand-smash my burgers most of the time. But when I'm in a hurry…the pre-smashed work just fine.
Place the ground beef 3rd on a plate, top with parchment paper, "smash", & repeat.
Next, I chopped up some onions, readied the mushrooms, and sliced some medium cheddar. My favorite cheese is medium cheddar. Nice flavor and melts fairly quickly to finish.
2. Grill Time
I have grilled onions in the past but it was the first time for the grilled mushrooms. I tossed them with olive oil in my handy-dandy grill basket.
3. Time to Enjoy the Results!
I served my cheeseburger on green lettuce. Salad dressing can also be added on the lettuce for a little extra kick. I use just mustard as the condiment. In my opinion, ketchup takes away from the charred beef flavor.
The extra burgers were made into sandwiches for work-lunches!
It was a great meal, and it was all accomplished on the bbq.
Next time will add some of our thick-cut, honey-cured bacon. I tried to bbq bacon one time but had to call the fire department (Only kidding …on the fire department part). I do not recommend bbq bacon, unless you're using a frying pan.
Photos and directions provided by Tom Stachecki.