Grilled Burger

One of the reasons we love summer is that we love grilling! We grill all kinds of stuff.  Chicken wings, kebabs, steak, fish, you name it.  We haven’t grilled burgers before.  So we had our first during the past weekend.

I make the beef patties from scratch because I always prefer grind meat needed for cooking at home. 

Beef patties ingredients

1 pound ground beef
1 egg
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup bread crumbs
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
a pinch of garlic powder
salt to taste


Burger ingredients

4 burger buns
8 slices of bacon
cheese (I use bacon cheese from trader joe’s which is pretty awesome.)
thinly sliced onion



I bought a big package of chuckeye.  It is about 4 pounds.  I grind it all and save the rest in a couple Ziploc bags and freeze them for later use. 

Cut the chuckeye beef into small pieces and run through a meat grinder.  

I use a heavy duty meat grinder like this one: 


In a large bowl, add ground beef, egg, chopped onion, bread crumbs, black pepper, sugar, paprika, garlic powder and salt.  

Mix with hands just until everything combines and mixes evenly.

Divide the beef into four parts.  Make each part into a big ball with hands and then pat them down into beef patties.

With a thumb, make a dent in the center of each patty so that the whole patty will grill evenly on the grill.

Preheat the grill to 450F/232°C.  Wish a cloth brush, brush some oil to the griddle.

Grill the patties for 2 minutes. Someone decides to switch to hot dog.  So we grill three patties instead of four. 

2 minutes later

Flip them over.  Well, it looks like someone needs more practice. 

Top the patties with bacon cheese and grill for another 2 minutes.

Another 2 minutes later, the cheese melts.  It smells and looks so good.

Transfer the patties to the other end of the grill where temperature is much lower. Let them sit for a couple minutes.

Heat the buns on grill.

They just get more beautiful, don’t they?  The bacon cheese from Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite cheeses.  It goes well with sandwiches, salad or wine. 

With a spatula, spread the mayonnaise to the bread buns, top with a beef patty, bacon, onion and lettuce.  

Ok, now the burgers are done.  Time to enjoy them!

Feels pretty good to eat a burger you make from scratch 。。。

Take a big bite. 

It is really tender and juice.  The bacon cheese adds ton of great flavor to the burger.  And it is priceless to enjoy a summer evening in the yard with your loved ones. O(∩_∩)O~