Project Fire: Fan the Flame

Turn up the heat this summer by serving friends and family delicious burgers, sides, and desserts made on the grill.

| Summer 2019

Photo by Kesu01

Nothing says summer quite like firing up the grill on a warm afternoon, and dishing out hamburgers and hot dogs. But a grill is capable of so much more than these summer staples, and very few people take full advantage of its power. Luckily, all it takes to fix this are the right recipes, using various ingredients and cooking methods that may be new to your grate. So get outside, fire it up, and let some of my favorite recipes show you what your grill can really do.

Triple Steak Burgers

What makes a great burger? The flavorings, the grill master’s skill, and even the shape of the roll all contribute to the overall quality of a burger. However, the most important factor may be the one that few of us have control over: the composition of the meat. It’s hard to know what’s actually in the ground beef you buy in your supermarket, but here’s your chance to take charge and determine the meat blend. My dream burger contains equal parts brisket, sirloin, and short ribs: the first for its beefiness; the second for its steakiness; and the third for its richness and fat.

To create this meat blend, you’ll need a real meat grinder — you can’t properly grind meat in a food processor. If you don’t have a meat grinder, ask your local butcher to grind the burger meat to your specs.

Yield: 4 servings

Method: Direct grilling. Grilled over charcoal, wood, or gas. For the best results, grill over wood or a wood-enhanced fire.



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