What memories come to mind when you think of BBQ Hamburgers? Most of the time hamburgers brings me back to a time of fun times with friends and family. Perhaps you recall backyard BBQ’s with neighbors. Or even perhaps late dinners at camp after you’ve come back from a long day of fishing or playing on the water. In my world, hamburgers always make me smile as I reminisce about the good times. Its no wonder BBQ Hamburgers are my daughter’s favorite meal and the one she most often requested.
I grew up on the classic ground beef hamburgers but there are so many variations I won’t even begin to list them in fear of leaving out a category. Not only are the variations plentiful, the toppings are just as diverse. Depending on my mood, I could probably design a new burger for each day of the year.
During the summer months, you’ll always find frozen homemade hamburger patties in my freezer. They make for a quick dinner or the perfect option when company is coming for dinner. Whip up a few salads like my macaroni salad or potato salad and I’ve got the perfect dinner party menu with minimal effort (and they’re cheap to feed a crowd!). Not to mention, BBQ Hamburgers and cold beer tend to make the perfect Saturday evening dinner. Need I say more?
If you’re hosting your own back yard BBQ, you can easily set up a buffet with toppings so your guests can top their burgers as they please. Some of my favorite toppings to include on my buffet are:
- Sliced cheese
- Bacon or bacon jam
- Sliced white onion
- Sliced pickles
- Pickled hot peppers
- Ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce
If you’re looking for other frugal ways to host a party, check out my suggestions here.
I suggest making a big batch of hamburgers and freezing the patties in layers on a large cookie sheet. Place a layer of parchment paper on the cookie sheet first and between each layer of the hamburgers. Allow them to freeze for a few hours and transfer the frozen hamburgers into large freezer bags. The burgers can either be defrosted in the fridge during the day or cooked from frozen.
Although I used my standard recipe for beef patties, I did get a little extravagant with the toppings. Bacon. Mozzarella cheese. Fried mushrooms and onions? Oh yeah. And that was just the beginning. I added some fresh tomato slices, lettuce, mayo, ketchup and mustard. I left the pickles to eat on the side since the burger was getting a little on the big size. My husband may or may not have commented about the size of mouth a person would need to eat the burger. He may or may not have received a sharp kick in the shins from the comment.
However you enjoy your hamburgers, Happy BBQing and happy memory making!
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
- 1/2 pkg onion soup mix (or 1 tbsp of Epicure’s 3 Onion Dip Mix)
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Sliced mozzarella cheese
- Cooked bacon slices
- 8 oz pkg sliced mushrooms
- 1 medium sliced onions
- 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
- Additional salt & pepper
- Any additional toppings you wish
- Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Take a 1/2 cup of the mixture (about 5 oz) and flatten into circular patties. I keep my sour cream container lids for this purpose. I flatten the ground beef onto the lid, and then gently lift them of the lid. Either freeze the patties at this point or heat your grill to cook.
- Meanwhile, heat 2 frying pans over medium heat, adding a tablespoon of olive oil to each pan.
- Cook the mushrooms in one pan, seasoning with salt and pepper as desired.
- Cook the onions in the second pan, until translucent. Season with a bit of salt and pepper. Set aside the cooked mushrooms and onions until you are ready to top your burgers. Cook the sliced bacon.
- Once you have your topping ready to go, proceed to cook your patties on the BBQ until no longer pink. The best way to cook hamburgers is quickly on high heat. Try flipping only once for best results.
- Layer your tops on your hamburger as you desire and enjoy!