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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 3 Dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

Can a person get tired of eating just burgers?  HECK NO!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

20170626_192657For Day 3, it's Cajun for dinner!   I lived in the Pelican state for about a year while in the military and never really did come to appreciate Cajun cooking, but I do now!  This burger takes everything that is classic Cajun and delivers it in a big flavor fashion!   It's a pork sausage and Andouille sausage patty kissed with some Cajun spice, there's a slice of melted muenster cheese and it's served on a garlic toasted bun dressed with a Cajun spice remoulade.   It was another dose of YUM!

The Cajun Burger

Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces ground pork sausage
  • 9 ounces of Andouille sausage
  • One Tablespoon ground cumin
  • One Tablespoon garlic powder
  • One Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon herbs de provence
  • Muenster cheese slices
  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • Another dash of garlic powder to make garlic butter

    For the Remoulade:

  • Equal parts mayo, mustard, ketchup, Louisiana Hot Sauce, lemon juice, dried parsley flake, garlic powder and cayenne pepper

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix the ground pork and Andouille along with all the spices (ground cumin through herbs de provence) until well incorporated.  Once incorporated, start forming your patties.  Grill the burgers over direct heat, about five minutes per side.  Move to indirect heat and top with a slice of muenster cheese.  While the burgers are on the grill getting happy, mix together the remoulade.  While the cheese on the burgers is melting, melt some butter and garlic powder together in a small grill safe bowl to dress the buns with.  Assemble the burgers and enjoy!   These burgers pack a little heat, but it's DELICIOUS heat!

This burger cost only about $2.25 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes like the "Classic," "Idaho," "Meatloaf," "Pizza," "Thanksgiving," "Cajun" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 3 Lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

Can a person get tired of eating just burgers?  HECK NO!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

Thanksgiving BurgerFor Day 3, it's Thanksgiving for lunch!   This is another stuffed burger recipe, a plate of Thanksgiving Day goodness all in one bite!  The toasted bun was dressed with a brown butter & cranberry jelly, the turkey burger was seasoned with my signature rub and stuffed with loaded mashed potatoes and gravy and the green beans were Tempura battered and fried. It was another dose of YUM!

The Thanksgiving Burger

Ingredients:

  • One pound ground turkey
  • One Tablespoon seasoning salt or your favorite rub
  • A couple spoonfuls of mashed potatoes
  • A couple spoonfuls of turkey or chicken gravy
  • A handful of fresh green beans
  • 1/2 cup Tempura batter flour or rice flour
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water 
  • One egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 4 stick of butter
  • A couple heaping tablespoons of canned cranberry, jellied
  • Hamburger buns, lightly toasted
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey and seasoning salt until well incorporated.  Once incorporated, start forming your patties, creating a well in the bottom patty half for the potatoes and gravy.  Place some mashed potato on the bottom patties, then hit them with the gravy, salt and pepper to taste.   Top the burgers with the lid patty and seal by pinching the burger edges together. Grill the burgers over direct heat, about five minutes per side.  Move to indirect heat and top with some more of that gravy is desired.  While the burgers are on the grill getting happy, heat up a skillet over medium high heat and warm up that canola oil.  In a small bowl mix together the flour, ice cold water and beaten egg.   Toss in the green beans and stir lightly until covered in the batter.  Immediately put those battered beans into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and delicious.  In a separate pan, melt the butter and jellied cranberry over low heat, then brush onto the hamburger buns.  Assemble the burgers and enjoy!   Makes two stuffed burgers and they're Thanksgiving Day plate awesome!

This burger cost only about $2.60 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes like the classic, "Idaho," "Meatloaf," "Pizza," "Thanksgiving" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

www.grillinggoodeats.com

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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 2 Dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

20170624_193058For Day 2, it's a 'pizza' burger for dinner!   The combination of burger and pizza, how can this NOT be good right? 

This is a stuffed burger and my favorite pizza toppings are pepperoni and mushrooms, so that's what I'm stuffing this burger with along with sauce and mozzarella cheese.   That's what I love about stuffed burgers, the choices of what to put in your burger are almost endless! 

The Pizza Burger

Ingredients:

  • One pound ground beef
  • One Tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 2 ounces of pepperoni slices
  • 4 ounces of pizza sauce
  • 2 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • Parmesan cheese to taste
  • One teaspoon dried oregano
  • Mozzarella cheese slices
  • ½ stick of butter
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Hamburger buns

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, seasoning salt and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.  Once incorporated, start forming your patties, creating a well in the bottom patty half for the pizza toppings.  Sauce the bottom patties, then hit them with the oregano, more Parmesan, the pepperoni, mushroom and a slice of mozzarella cheese.  Top the burgers with the lid patty and seal by pinching the burger edges together.  TIP:  Don't get the pizza toppings too close to the edge of the burger, or it won't seal properly.   Grill the burgers over direct heat, about five minutes per side.  Move to indirect heat and top with another slice of mozzarella cheese.  Brush the buns with garlic butter and toast.   Makes two stuffed burgers and they're awesome!

This burger cost only about $2.00 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes like the classic, "Idaho," "Meatloaf," "Pizza" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

www.grillinggoodeats.com


Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 2 Lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

Meatloaf CheeseburgerFor Day 2, it's a 'Meatloaf' burger for lunch!   I know the burger purists out there might say this isn't really a burger, but let me tell you, it's another dose of YUM!  Three meats = flavor, the breadcrumbs provide a nice little texture crunch because it crisps up on the grill, the ketchup glaze is scrumptious and the mac & cheese topper just kicks things up another notch.  It's comfort food and a burger in one awesome package!

The Meatloaf burger

Ingredients:

  • One pound ground beef
  • One pound ground veal
  • One pound ground bacon
  • Two eggs
  • One packet onion soup mix
  • One heaping Tablespoon yellow mustard (for the loaf)
  • One Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • One Tablespoon steak sauce
  • One Cup bread crumbs
  • One package Macaroni & Cheese (prepared as directed)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • One Tablespoon yellow mustard (for the glaze)
  • One teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ stick of butter
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Hamburger buns

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix all the meats, eggs, mustard, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, Worcestershire and steak sauce together to incorporate.  Form into  patties. Keep chilled until ready to grill.  When your grill is ready to receive, place the patties over the hot spot to get those great grill marks and a good sear. While those burgers are grill'n, make the mac & cheese per the package instructions.  Flip the burgers after about five minutes and over to the lower heat side of the grill and get ready to put the lid on. Before ‘lidding‘, place the butter and garlic in a grill safe dish to melt down on the low heat side of the grill next to those great smelling meatloaf burgers. Check after about five minutes. While the burgers are finish cooking, mix together the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and brush it on the burgers.  As that ketchup glaze warms up on top of the patties, by now the garlic butter should be melted.  Apply the melted garlic butter to the hamburger buns and toast.  Assemble the meatloaf burgers and serve, topped with the mac & cheese.

Tip: If you don’t like forming patties by hand, a quick way to get those made is by using a round Tupperware/plastic container type lid and plastic wrap. Invert the lid, line with plastic wrap, then press the ground beef into the lined lid to form a perfectly round patty.

This burger cost only about $2.50 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes, classic, "Idaho," "Meatloaf" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

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A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 1 Dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

I started things off with a classic cheeseburger for lunch.  What makes my classic different from any other?  It's all in the meat......

So for dinner, I took the Classic burger and kicked things up a notch, adding pork to the meat mixture and including bacon and BBQ sauce in the toppings/condiments.   Here's the recipe:

The Idaho burger
20170622_182441This recipe was ‘developed’ by my three young sons on a summer vacation trip to Idaho. It’s pretty much a classic bacon cheeseburger and BBQ sauce with a spin of mine (adding pork sausage), but my boys really thought they had come up with something new. I wasn’t about to spoil their creativity in their grilling moment of discovery.  

Ingredients: (TIP:  Using two meats in a burger makes for another layer of flavor)

  • One pound ground beef
  • One pound pork sausage
  • One Tablespoon Cookies Flavor Enhancer or if you want to keep it simple, salt and pepper
  • 16 slices of pre-cooked bacon
  • American cheese slices
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • ½ stick of butter
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Hamburger buns

Directions:
In a large bowl, season the ground beef with the Cookies Flavor Enhancer or the salt & pepper and hand mix until the seasoning is incorporated. Add the pork sausage, hand mix again until incorporated into the beef. Form into 8 patties. When your grill is ready to receive, place the patties over the hot spot to get those great grill marks and a good sear. Keep the lid off and watch for any flare ups. When you see red juices flowing to the top of the patties, flip those burgers over to the lower heat side of the grill and get ready to put the lid on. Before ‘lidding‘, place the butter and garlic in a grill safe dish to melt down on the low heat side of the grill next to those great smelling burgers. Check after about five minutes. The garlic butter should be melted and the burgers should be about ready. For well done burgers, wait to see the juices run clear. Apply the cheese, top with two slices of pre-cooked bacon and put the lid on for another minute or until the cheese is melted to your liking. Pull the burgers and let them rest. Apply the melted garlic butter to the hamburger buns and toast. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce. You can either pour it on the burger straight from the bottle, or warm some up in a grill safe dish and spoon some of that mouth-watering deliciousness onto the top bun.

Tip: If you don’t like forming patties by hand, a quick way to get those made is by using a round Tupperware/plastic container type lid and plastic wrap. Invert the lid, line with plastic wrap, then press the ground beef into the lined lid to form a perfectly round patty.

This burger cost only about $1.90 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes, classic, "Idaho" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

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A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 1 Lunch

 Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

The burger, specifically the cheeseburger with all the classic toppings, is perhaps my favorite food.  It's a predictable choice, a typical choice, a go-to food for a lot of bachelors.  I like burgers because they're relatively cheap and easy to prepare and I love to fire up the grill.  Nothing says summer quite like a grilled burger and a cold beer.  The question is, can a guy eat burgers for lunch and dinner for seven days straight and not get bored with it? 

Of course!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly will be celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

I'll be starting things off with a classic cheeseburger for lunch.  What makes my classic different from any other?  It's all in the meat......

20170622_171027(1)So the key to my Classic burger is to include Cookies Flavor Enhancer in the meat.  I like to use an 80/20 grind of ground beef, it's a perfect blend of meat/fat for the grill and mixing in the Cookies Flavor Enhancer gives it the edge when it comes to a depth of flavor when combined with the kiss of smoke from the grill.

And don't stop there, create layers of flavor!  Don't just put a burger on a bun with toppings.  Toast that bun in garlic butter, I ALWAYS have a ramekin on the grill with butter, garlic and many times other flavors mellowing out on the grill.  Minced onion, cayenne pepper, a splash of wine are all good adds! 

"So Mike," you ask....  "How much did this burger cost you to make?"

About $1.50.  Try spending that little for all that deliciousness at a fast food restaurant!

Stay tuned for some great burger recipes, classic and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

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It starts today: A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

The burger, specifically the cheeseburger with all the classic toppings, is perhaps my favorite food.  It's a predictable choice, a typical choice, a go-to food for a lot of bachelors.  I like burgers because they're relatively cheap and easy to prepare and I love to fire up the grill.  Nothing says summer quite like a grilled burger and a cold beer.  The question is, can a guy eat burgers for lunch and dinner for seven days straight and not get bored with it? 

Of course!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly will be celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

I'll be starting things off with a classic cheeseburger for lunch.  What makes my classic different from any other?  It's all in the meat......

Stay tuned for some great burger recipes, classic and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

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Coming Soon: A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

The burger, specifically the cheeseburger with all the classic toppings, is perhaps my favorite food.  It's a predictable choice, a typical choice, a go-to food for a lot of bachelors.  I like burgers because they're relatively cheap and easy to prepare and I love to fire up the grill.  Nothing says summer quite like a grilled burger and a cold beer.  The question is, can a guy eat burgers for lunch and dinner for seven days straight and not get bored with it? 

Of course!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly will be celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

Stay tuned for some great burger recipes, classic and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!


Competition BBQ got me all fired up!

 

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Mankato Cookout 2017So I recently participated in my first competition BBQ event as a judge, attending the Mankato Cookout in Mankato, Minnesota on June 11.  I had a blast!  I learned a few things, met some great people and enjoyed some EXCELLENT BBQ!  All the other judges at my table told me some great stories and offered up some smart tips and wise advice.  I can't wait until my next BBQ event!

As I left Mankato and all those great aromas, I couldn't get BBQ out of my head!  What a problem to have, right?  So what did I do almost first thing when I got home?  I fired up the grill, of course!

Now I don't yet own a smoker, but cooking low and slow on a grill is still very 'do-able.'  Anything you can do using a smoker, you can do on a grill.  It takes a little effort and a lot of coal adjusting, but it's very 'do-able.'

When I grill, I like to grill a large volume of meats, taking advantage of all that heat, I let no hot coal go to waste!  I grill up lunches and dinners for the coming week with some leftovers for the freezer.  Here's the menu:

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