Good Morning, Happy Monday- and Hello July!
Before I finish up some pre-holiday work at the office and prepare to take a mini blogging break for the Fourth of July (I’ll be back on Friday!)– I wanted to share a backyard BBQ/cookout/Independence Day recipe that is ridiculously simple to make, tastes delicious- and can be completely customized!
Also, not that it’s not *the* most important thing- but these sure do look cute in photos, too!
There’s obviously a million and one ways to arrange a burger these days, using a number of tasty and unique ingredients. BBQ bacon burgers? Bleu cheese burgers? Burgers with fried eggs on top? Burgers with crushed potato chips grilled in (awesome, by the way.) The possibilities and combinations are endless!
For this recipe, all you really need is the beef (or beef substitute, per your personal preference) and your selection of toppings to arrange on your stick. You can lay out the toppings on individual plates and let your family and guests assemble their own- and offer up some dipping sauces to top off their creation!
I’ve found that kids love this recipe, because it lets them be creative and make their own burger- and eating them off of the skewer is half of the fun!
But, if you’d like to know the basic ingredients needed to make this recipe- I’ve got you covered!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 2 lbs of lean beef (I used 93%!)
- 2 tablespoons of prepared mustard
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 20 slices/chopped pieces of American cheese (measuring about 1″ x 1″)
- 4 ounces cooked and chopped bacon
- 1 head butter lettuce
- 1 red onion, sliced/chopped
- 20 cherry tomatoes
- 20 dill pickle chips/slices
- Ketchup, mayo and/or mustard (optional for serving/dipping)
READY? HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:
- Using your hands, gently mix together the beef, mustard, salt, onion powder and pepper. Form into 20 (golf ball size) meatballs.
- Heat a grill or grill pan to high heat and grill the meatballs for about 3 minutes on each side, or until your preferred level of finish.
- Lay out your toppings on individual plates: cheese slices on one plate, chopped bacon on another, lettuce on another, etc. until each topping has it’s own respective place in the line. Fill three small serving bowls at the end of your toppings line with your dipping sauces (one for ketchup, one for mustard, and one for mayonnaise.)
- Assemble the skewers with the meatballs, cheese, bacon pieces- and the toppings of your choice. Dip your skewers in your desired sauces- and enjoy!
If these aren’t the most convenient (and cute) pre-fireworks appetizer, then I don’t know what it!
I hope everyone living here in the States has a wonderful Independence Day. I’m still scoping out the best place to watch the fireworks with friends, so we’ll see if I can get any good shots as the night progresses.
I’ll be taking a few days off from the blog-o-sphere for the occasion, but I’ll be back on Friday morning with some more content!
Enjoy your week, everyone!
– Ashley –