‘Grate’ Burgers for Dad

  • Written by Family Features

There’s nothing like the "grate" taste of a big, juicy burger hot off the grill to signify the start of the summer cookout season. It’s no wonder that Americans’ love affair with burgers has been going strong for more than 100 years.

Burgers always top the menu for every gathering from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and it wouldn’t even seem like Father’s Day if dads across America didn’t take to the grill to prepare the traditional cookout favorites.

Variety is the spice of life, so why not break away from the traditional ketchup, mustard and pickle burger this year and try something new? Fire up the grill and give these "grate" new burgers a try!

Safe Burger Handling Tips

To prevent cross-contamination, keep raw and cooked meat separate, using separate cooking utensils and plates.

Always wash hands, utensils, cutting boards and counters that contact raw meat.

Cook all burgers until the internal temperature reaches 160°F, as measured with a kitchen thermometer.

Use a thermometer to take the guesswork out of cooking ground beef. Insert a kitchen thermometer sideways into the center of the burger to ensure the correct internal temperature.


Southwestern Chipotle Burger

1 Omaha Steaks Burger

1 hamburger bun, wheat or white

2 Tbsp. chipotle mayonnaise (recipe follows)

2 Tbsp. pico de gallo (recipe follows)

1/4 avocado, sliced

Omaha Steaks Southwest Chipotle Seasoning, to taste

Prepare chipotle mayonnaise and pico de gallo.

Season burger with Southwest Chipotle Seasoning or your favorite blend.

Grill, broil or pan-fry burger until internal temperature reaches 160°F.

Slice bun in half and toast on grill or broiler.

Spread 1 Tbsp. of chipotle mayonnaise on each half of bun.

Place cooked burger on bun and top with pico de gallo and avocado slices. Place remaining bun on top.


Pico de Gallo

Makes about 3 c.

2 c. diced Roma tomatoes, 1/4-inch pieces

1/2 c. diced white onion, 1/4-inch pieces

3 Tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped

1 Tbsp. jalapeño, minced very fine with the seeds

1 Tbsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed

1 tsp. kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.


Chipotle Mayonnaise

Makes 8 servings

1 c. mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. garlic, chopped

1 Tbsp. canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, puréed

2 Tbsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed

1 tsp. kosher salt

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Can be stored for 1 week in the refrigerator.

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