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8 Grilling Secrets That Guarantee a Delicious Barbecue

posted: 04/18/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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  • It's grill time!
    It's grill time!
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    Crank Up the Heat

    This warmer weather has me wanting to get out of the kitchen and fire up the grill. It’s officially barbecue season! But even if you consider yourself a grill master, these tips will instantly upgrade your next barbecue. So before you start tossing a few hamburger patties onto open flames, check out these eight burger hacks.

  • Who doesn't love a good cheeseburger?
    Who doesn't love a good cheeseburger?
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    Cheese, Please!

    For cheese lovers, don’t stop at putting cheese on top of your burger, get all that cheesy goodness inside your burger too. When you’re making the patties, make a divot in the middle of each patty and fill with lots of your favorite shredded cheese. Then make a smaller patty to be the lid that closes in all the cheese. Push both patties together and grill! So yummy!

  • Onions pull double-duty.
    Onions pull double-duty.
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    A Cleaning Tip

    Grab an extra onion to clean your grill naturally. Cut an onion in half and rub one half along the top of the grill. This will help remove any leftover charred food and will help make the grill a non-stick surface. When you’re done, use the other half to scrub the food remnants off the grill.

  • Eggs add a boost of protein.
    Eggs add a boost of protein.
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    Put an Egg on It

    Eggs aren’t just for breakfast when you’re grilling a burger! Form a patty with the hamburger meat and use the top of a cup to cut out a circle in the middle. Put the patty on a grill plate and crack an egg into the center. When the egg is fried and the burger is cooked, top with cheese and serve this deliciousness!

  • All you need is a square baking dish.
    All you need is a square baking dish.
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    Mini Burgers

    If you’re making sliders and want to make sure you get the perfect sized burger each time, place the meat inside a square baking dish. Flatten the meat and use a knife or pizza cuter to cut the meat into equal sized squares. Sliders, anyone?

  • For the meat-lovers out there.
    For the meat-lovers out there.
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    Bring on the Bacon

    Because everything is better with bacon, grill your burger covered in bacon from start to finish. Just wrap the slices of uncooked bacon around the uncooked burger in a crisscross pattern and cook it on the grill. Mmmmmm, bacon.

  • Find out how much gas you have left.
    Find out how much gas you have left.
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    Test Your Tank

    Don’t let your outdoor grilling plans come to a halt because you’re out of propane! Try this trick to know exactly how much propane is in your tank. Pour hot water down the side of your tank. Where there is propane, it feel cold, but where it’s empty, it will feel warm. Seriously how genius is this?

  • Ice does the trick, too!
    Ice does the trick, too!
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    Make Juicy Burgers

    No one wants a dry hamburger! Put ice cubes or a pat of butter on your patties while they cook for a juicer burger.

  • Bring out the muffin tin!
    Bring out the muffin tin!
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    Organize Your Toppings

    Let everyone top their own burgers with their favorites but keep the mess to a minimum by placing everything in a muffin tin. You can add lots of yummy toppings without putting out a bunch of dishes you have to clean later.