Don’t spend money on a packaged spice blend for burgers. Mix your own.
One of my family’s favorite meals to BBQ is hamburgers. It’s so unbelievably good; I don’t know why I don’t do it more often.
Probably because good quality ground beef is expensive!
Since that whole pink slime debacle, I’ve been a little more careful about what beef I buy. This means I pay a slightly higher price than I use to. That means we don’t have burgers too often.
But, they sure do love it.
Years ago, I started making my own hamburger buns because it was cheaper and tastier than buying storebought. While the kids will certainly eat any old bun, they love the homemade ones and so do I. There really is no better.
And if you make them in fancy shapes, well, so much the better.
I ran out of sesame seeds, but obviously, you can get all fancy. I brushed the rolls with half and half before baking which gave them a lovely finish.
Often I do something really simple like seasoning the burgers with salt and pepper. I’ve also stuffed the meat mixture with chopped greens that my kids devoured, like these Popeye Burgers. Last week I mixed up a spice blend that I coated the burgers with. Everyone loved it. FishBoy10 raved quite enthusiastically about them; he’s ready for Food Network the way he talks about food.
This seasoning is a cheap and easy way for you to bring flavor to your burgers. Store any leftover spice blend in the cupboard to use on other meats.
Recipe: Simple Hamburger Spice
Summary: Makes enough for 12 burgers
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the seasonings.
- Coat hamburger patties generously prior to grilling.
- Store leftover spice mix in a closed container.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
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What is a BBQ favorite at your house?