Summer grilling season is in full swing and my Ultimate Cheeseburger and Grill Cleaning Guide is all you need to keep the family feed and happy. Since we just observed Memorial Day many part-time BBQ chefs fired up their neglected grills for the first time since last fall. Like my grill, I suspect most of your grills are not in the best shape and need a little love.
I grill most of the winter but the cleaning and care of my grill is not part of my cold weather routine. The performance of your grill can diminish over time if has not been maintained properly. Low temperatures, uneven heat, hot spots and food sticking to grates are all possible side effects of poor grill cleaning and maintenance. A clean grill is a happy grill.
Ultimate Cheeseburger and Grill Cleaning Guide with Milo’s Tea
While I was working hard cleaning my grill I quenched my thirst with Milo’s New Cafe Style Tea which is new this summer. I picked up my tea when I was buying cleaning supplies and the ingredients for my ultimate cheeseburger at my local Walmart. Milo’s Cafe Style Teas are found in the refrigerated juice and dairy section.
Grill Cleaning and Maintenance Tips:
- Wipe the outside of the grill lid with a paper towel and cleaner (glass cleaner for porcelain-coated lids and stainless steel cleaner for stainless steel lids). If your grill is stainless steel, you’ll get the best results by buffing with the grain, not against, using a microfiber towel.
- Clean side tables with a microfiber towel and stainless steel cleaner. Again, make sure to buff with the grain. If your tables are made of theromset plastic, use a mild dish detergent and warm water instead.
- Cleaning a cook box may seem tricky, but it’s actually extremely simple and can have a big impact on the way your grill performs. When your grill is completely cool, carefully remove your cooking grates and Flavorizer bars. Then, using a stainless steel grill brush, brush all excess grease and debris from inside the cook box into the bottom tray. From here, it will be easy to discard.
- It’s a good practice to burn off any food residue left on your grill by turning all your burners to high for 15 minutes before grilling. When your grill reaches these high temperatures, food debris will turn to ash, and will then be easy to brush off using a stainless steel bristle brush.
- Use an onion to clean and oil grill grates. Place 1 tbsp of oil in small bowl. Cut onion in half and soak cut side in oil. Use fork to rub onion on grill grates. Cleans and oils the grates and adds a nice flavor.
- Bring marinated meat to room temperatures and pat dry before grilling. Excess marinade on meat will cause it to steam and not grill, even at high temperatures. Baste with sauce if needed.
- Place meat on a platter covered with plastic wrap before bringing to the grill. After placing meat on the grill, remove plastic wrap. You have a clean platter ready to serve cooked meats.
- Bring all meats to room temperature before grilling.
- Make sure your grill is hot before starting.
- KEEP THE LID CLOSED as much as possible to retain heat and create even cooking.
- Brush sauces containing sugar on the meat the last five minutes of cooking. Keeps the sauce from burning.
- Cook all meats to proper temperature. Nothing ruins a party like under cooked meats.
- Check gas level before starting to grill. Keep and extra tank on hand. I have my grill hooked up to my homes natural gas so I never run out.
- Sear meat on high direct heat then finish cooking meat on indirect heat to ensure moist even cooking.
The trick to making my ultimate cheeseburger is to stuff the center with seasoned cheddar cheese. I start with 80/20 ground chuck for the correct fat content. For the cheese I use a mix of mild and sharp cheddar and then toss the cheese with smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and a little black pepper.
Form the first 2.5 ounce patty then top with about 1.5 tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Top with another 2.5 ounce patty and press the edges together. Keep chilled before grilling. Do not salt the burgers until the patty’s are on the grill. Salt draws out moisture from the burger. Place the burgers on your clean grill and cook until they reach your desired doneness. I topped mine with a slice of pepper jack cheese and the girls had another slice of cheddar on theirs. Top with a pickle and some mayo and you are all set. My taste testers enjoyed their cheeseburgers with some fresh Milo’s Cafe Style Light Sweet Tea. I love the fact Milo’s Cafe Style Tea is fresh brewed and certified organic.
What is your favorite grilling recipe?
- 3 lbs ground chuck 80/20
- 4 ounces grated mild cheddar cheese
- 4 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- Hamburger buns
- slices Dill pickle
- Weigh out the meat portions in 2.5 ounce balls.
- Grate the cheese and toss with the spices until all the powder sticks to the cheese.
- Form one ball into a patty. Top with 1.5 tablespoons of cheese mixture.
- Top the cheese with another patty and press to form into one burger.
- Chill until ready to grill.
- Heat your clean grill on high.
- Place burger on grill over direct heat. Grill for 7 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 155°F.
- Top buns with some cheese blend and place on grill until cheese is melted.
- Place burger on bun with mayo and a pickles.
Recipe modified from Alton Brown
Cleaning tips courtesy of Weber.com
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Quinn is the author, photographer and recipe designer over at DadWhats4Dinner. He enjoys cooking for family and friends and being creative in the kitchen. He makes ordinary everyday food extraordinary. He lives just north of Cincinnati with his wife of 24 years, three kids and three cats. His kids have well-developed palates and his youngest daughter is now working with him on the blog creating recipes for her own page “Cooking with Ella”. Follow Quinn | Dad Whats 4 Dinner on: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram.
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