TThere are only a few days a year when we can cook for the love of our country and be ultra – patriotic. At GrateTV one of those days is Presidents Day. Nothing says United States of America, like the ole’ red, white and blue. In honor of Presidents day, here is a Red Meat, White Bread and Blue Cheese sandwich we affectionately call the GrateTV Red, White, and Blue Burger. Cook this delicious burger on all patriotic holidays! Your family and guests will be impressed with your grilling prowess.
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What you will need
- Good quality ground beef. 80/20 Chuck is always a good choice
- A good sturdy roll, the cheap rolls just don’t hold up.
- Bread crumbs
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Spices, we prefer simple Dalmatian seasonings or season salt.
- A clean and seasoned, medium to medium high heat, grill
- Toppings of your choice
Make a good basic burger. Start with good quality 80/20 ground beef, add an egg some breadcrumbs, simple spices and a flavor enhancer (Worcestershire Sauce).
These additions will improve the flavor, consistency and structure of your hamburger patty. It’s not mandatory, but experience shows that it helps. Let the mix rest a minute or two for the ingredients to bond together. Tip: If you make patties ahead of time and put those in the freezer for about 30 – 60 minutes the patties will hold up even better.
Make a good sized burger. McDonalds coined the ¼ pounder and it seems to be a good size, but consider a 1/3 pound patty for a special beefy dinner.
Tip: When you make a patty, make sure to seal the edges. It will help keep the juices in the meat and your patty from breaking up while it’s cooking.
After you make the patty create a crater in the middle of disk. It will help to keep the center flat and reduce the chances of shrinking.
Be sure your grill is preheated for a medium fire.
Season the grate with a paper towel soaked in oil just before you put the meat on the grill.
Let the meat cook for 8 – 10 minutes on one side. Flip and season with simple seasonings.
Cook for at least another 5 minutes.
The USDA recomends cooking meat to at least medium well. 150 degrees + Good to go!
Remove the patties and let them rest while you toast the buns
Add the toppings of your choice.
Blue Cheese crumbles can act like little ball bearings on your burger. Put them under the patty with a bit of Mayo. This will keep help keep your toppings in place.
Top with your favorite toppings, tomato, pickle, a few more crumbles for carry through flavor, Onion, Lettuce and a lid.
This is a great way to celebrate Presidents day. The GrateTV Red, White and Blue Burger. Enjoy!
- Use good quality ground beef. 80/20 Chuck is always a good choice
- Make a good basic burger with some bread crumbs and egg to create a good binder
- Use a good quality, sturdy bun
- Grill over medium heat on a clean, seasoned grill until medium well – 150+ degrees
- Top with your favorite toppings
Fun Facts about Hamburgers
…according to Wikki
The hamburger; a ground beef patty between two slices of bread, was first created in America in 1900 by Louis Lassen, owner of Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT. There have been rival claimants by Charlie Nagreen, Frank and Charles Menches, Oscar Weber Bilby, and Fletcher David. White Castle traces the origin of the hamburger to Hamburg, Germany with its invention by Otto Kuase. However, it gained national recognition at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair when the New York Tribune namelessly attributed the hamburger as, “the innovation of a food vendor on the pike.” No conclusive claim has ever been made to end the dispute over the inventor of the hamburger with a variety of claims and evidence asserted since its creation.
Early Burger Joints
- 1921 — White Castle, Wichita, KS. Due to widely prevalent anti-German sentiment in the U.S. during World War I, an alternative name for hamburgers was Salisbury Steak. Following the war, hamburgers became unpopular until the White Castle restaurant chain marketed and sold large numbers of small 2.5-inch square hamburgers, known as sliders. They started to punch five holes in each patty, which help them cook evenly and eliminates the need to flip the burger. White Castle began in 1995 selling frozen hamburgers in convenience stores and vending machines.
- 1940 — McDonald’s restaurant, San Burnardino, CA was opened by Richard and Maurice McDonald. Their introduction of the “Speedee Service System” in 1948 established the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant. The McDonald brothers began franchising in 1953. In 1961, Ray Kroc (the supplier of their multi-mixer milkshake machines) purchased the company from the brothers for $2.7 million and a 1.9% royalty.
Hamburgers are usually a feature of fast food restaurants. The hamburgers served in major fast food establishments are usually mass-produced in factories and frozen for delivery to the site. These hamburgers are thin and of uniform thickness, differing from the traditional American hamburger prepared in homes and conventional restaurants, which is thicker and prepared by hand from ground beef. Generally most American hamburgers are round, but some fast-food chains sell square-cut hamburgers. Hamburgers in fast food restaurants are usually grilled on a flat-top, but some firms use a gas flame grilling process. At conventional American restaurants, hamburgers may be ordered “rare”, but normally are served medium-well or well-done for food safety reasons. Fast food restaurants do not usually offer this option.
Some North American establishments offer a unique take on the hamburger beyond what is offered in fast food restaurants, using upscale ingredients such as sirloin or other steak along with a variety of different cheeses, toppings, and sauces. Hamburgers are often served as a fast dinner, picnic or party food, and are usually cooked outdoors on barbecue grills.
Raw hamburger may contain harmful bacteria that can produce food-borne illness such as Ecoli, due to the occasional initial improper preparation of the meat, so caution is needed during handling and cooking. Because of the potential for food-borne illness, the USDA recommends hamburgers be cooked to an internal temperature of 170 °F (80 °C). If cooked to this temperature, they are considered well done.
- A hamburger with two patties is called a “double decker” or simply a “double”, a hamburger with three patties is called a “triple”. Doubles and triples are often combined with cheese and sometimes with bacon, yielding a “double cheeseburger” or a “triple bacon cheeseburger”, or alternatively, a “bacon double or triple cheeseburger”.
- A hamburger smothered in red or green chile is called a slopper.
- A patty melt consists of a patty, sautéed onions and cheese between two slices of rye bread. The sandwich is then buttered and fried.
- A slider is a very small square hamburger patty sprinkled with diced onions and served on an equally small bun. According to the earliest citations, the name originated aboard U.S. Navy ships, due of the way greasy burgers slid across the galley grill while the ship pitched and rolled. Other versions claim the term “slider” originated from the hamburgers served by flight line galleys at military airfields, which were so greasy they slide right through you; or because their small size allows them to “slide” right down your throat in one or two bites.
- The term “steakburger” is commonly used to describe a hamburger made with patties from meat considered to be of higher quality, such as ground steak or other lean ground beef.
- In Alberta, Canada a “kubie burger” is a hamburger made with a pressed Ukrainian sausage.
- In Minnesota, a “juicy Lucy” or “Jucy Lucy” is a hamburger having cheese inside the meat patty rather than on top. A piece of cheese is surrounded by raw meat and cooked until it melts, resulting in a molten core of cheese within the patty. This scalding hot cheese tends to gush out at the first bite, so servers frequently warn patrons to let the sandwich cool for a few minutes before consumption.
Fun Facts about Presidents
Presidents Day may not be the biggest holiday of the year, but it is a time to remember some of our country’s greatest leaders. Below are some cool facts about our past presidents that you probably didn’t know.
- At his inauguration, George Washington only had one tooth. Contrary to popular belief, he never wore false wooden teeth. However, at various times he did wear dentures made of human teeth, animal teeth, ivory and lead.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were the only two presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence. They also both died on the same day – July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the signing.
- James Madison was the first president to wear trousers, as opposed to knee length “breeches.” At 5-foot-4, he was also the shortest president.
- Weather permitting, John Quincy Adams swam nude in the Potomac River every day.
- Before he was President, Andrew Jackson was wounded in a duel at the age of 39. The bullet remained lodged in his heart until the day he died.
- Zachary Taylor let his old Army horse, Whitey, graze on the White House lawn. Visitors took horse hairs as souvenirs.
- James Buchanan was nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other. As a result he always cocked his head to the left.
- While he was president, Ulysses S. Grant was arrested for driving his horse too fast and fined $20. He smoked 20 cigars a day and died of throat cancer.
- Theodore Roosevelt had a photographic memory. He could read a page in the time it took anyone else to read a sentence.
- James K. Polk’s wife did not allow card playing, dancing, or drinking in the White House.
- James A. Garfield could write with both hands. To entertain people he would write in Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.
- Benjamin Harrison was terrifeid of electric lights. He would ask White House staff to turn them on and off for him.
- Rutherford B. Hayes was the first US president to use a phone at the White House. Alexander Graham Bell personally showed him how to use it and his phone number was 1.
- Calvin Coolidge liked having his head massaged with Vaseline during breakfast in bed. He also rode his own mechanical bull and played “ding-dong ditch’em” — he would ring the White House doorbell and then run and hide.
- Robert Todd LIncoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, was present at the assassinations of three Presidents: his father’s, President Garfield’s and President McKinley’s.
- All Presidents receive code names from the Secret Service. Ronald Reagan was “Rawhide,” George H.W. Bush was “Timberwolf,” Bill Clinton was “Eagle,” George W. Bush was “Trailblazer” and Barack Obama is “Renegade.”
- Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, IL.
- Herbert Clark Hoover ordered his White House servants to hide from him whenever he passed by. If they didn’t, they ran the risk of being fired.