Monday, June 29, 2009

What’s on the Grill #140

Bean’s Burkey Burgers!  With Bean here for the summer, it only took a few days for his Weber Smokey Joe (And strangely enough not shown in any of these pictures!) to get a workout.  Ironically, Bean used it to grill up a new batch of his Burkey Burgers.

Bean working the kettle

Bean first developed his Burkey Burger recipe last summer.  In all honesty, I think the basis of the recipe came from cleaning out the freezer.  At the time I remember the burgers being good.  However, I figured my current assessment of the past had softened with the presence of time.  “Sure they were good, a 9 year old made them…they have to be good!” 

Well now the boy is nearly 11 and let me tell you, they weren’t just good, they were great!  For two lean types of meat, bison & turkey, you would think the patties would grill up like hockey pucks.  Amazingly, they don’t. 

Burkey Burgers

In order to commemorate Bean’s recipe, we decided to film it.  The video was the first time we have made these since last year.  Again, I was admittedly unsure as I watched him smash the patties…palm prints and all.  There was no dress rehearsal, in fact there was almost no “dress” if I didn’t remind Bean that Bobby Flay doesn’t grill shirtless.

Bean & his Burkey Burgers

Whatever doubts I had immediately evaporated as I took my first bite.  They were great.  A unique blend of meat and spice make this a wonderful “quasi healthy” grilled meal.  I think Bean is on to something.  Oh, and watch out Bobby Flay.  I think someone wants to join you at the grill, but only if he can bring his sun glasses.

Bean’s Burkey Burgers

1 lb ground bison
1lb ground turkey
1 cup diced onion
1 Tbls dried oregano
1 Tbls Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 Tsp Kosher Salt

With your (clean) hands, mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.

Make patties from the mixture of ground beef.  Bean took about a half cup of meat and smashed it between his diminutive hands.  I must admit, he makes better patties that I do!

Grill the patties over direct medium high heat.  Grill about 7 minutes a side, or until the internal temperature reads 165° F.  If desired, add cheese.  These are burgers, I really can’t spell it out any easier.

Just before the flame up...

I almost forgot dessert.  We had smores.  Thanks to Zoe, we added everything from Cadbury’s chocolate to York Peppermint Patties to Peanut Butter.  Like potato chips, you can’t have just one.

Mmmh, Mmmh, Smore