6/29/13

Indoor "Grilled" Hamburgers





It's Saturday night, you've planned to grill burgers but suddenly the sky lets loose, rain, thunder and lightening... and ruins your plans.  You can still grill... kind of.

I originally posted this style of 'indoor' grilling back in the Spring of 2009.  I lived in the Northern part of the country then and it was in the 40's that evening and although I wanted to grill burgers, I didn't feel like standing out there and doing so, so I came up with an idea to 'grill' them inside.

For this burger, use your own favorite recipe if you wish - or just use ground beef or turkey, a little salt and pepper and call it good.  You don't have to 'add' things to make a good burger but you can if you wish!  Sometimes I add wheat germ and an egg to ours.  Other times I add a bouillon cube.  Eh, whatever I feel like at the time.

Here is one yummy idea for you... but the real fun part is using a cookie cooling rack and a baking pan as your 'grill' and enjoying a < *cough cough* >  grilled burger even if it's freezing cold or storming outside.


Indoor "Grilled" burgers

2 pounds ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
3 T water
1 cube beef bouillon
2-3 T Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce - *optional
1 T onion powder - *optional
Shredded cheddar cheese - *optional


Drop the bouillon cube in the water and microwave to dissolve. Then mix everything together with your hands and form patties. I got about 8 large patties from this.

Here is where the 'grilled' in the oven part comes in; Place the patties on a wire cookie rack and place the racks on cookie sheets with 1/2" sides to catch the grease.

Bake at 400 degree's until just done and then placed them under the broiler. Broil about 3-4 minutes to give them nice dark color and sear them a bit. Immediately remove, top with cheese and place on toasted buns for the heat to melt the cheese.

Serve with your favorite condiments; ketchup, mustard, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and whatever else you love!




 *Options:  Above I mentioned some options to add to your burger mixture if you wish.  From BBQ sauce or Worcestershire Sauce to hot sauce.  Also consider;  wheat germ, flax meal, crushed crackers or flour if you need it to a 'little' bit further.  Some fun additions include cheddar cheese, jalapeno's, bits of bacon and of course all sorts of spices like garlic salt, onion powder, garlic powder, Lawry's salt or oregano.  Remember to add SMALL amounts to start your 'trials' as you can always add more... but you can never take it back out!




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