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Summer might not start for another week, but it’s been in the high 80s for over a week here in Ohio. It’s been so hot, in fact, that we haven’t even gone outside to grill for fear of melting all over the deck. So we’ve been using our indoor grill a lot, standing in our air conditioned kitchen, living our best lives.
Now before we get started, I need to stress that this recipe does not work on a standard outdoor grill. It needs the flat top grill to properly caramelize the burger. I know that sounds crazy, but stick with me on this! I’ve never steered you wrong before.
It’s always a special treat when my husband makes his burgers and not just because I’m super pumped not to be making dinner. When he suggested having burgers for dinner the other night, I literally got into my car while he was still on the phone and drove to Giant Eagle to pick up all the ingredients.
While I was checking out at Giant Eagle, I saw the Coca-Cola™ display next to register. You guys! Coca-Cola has relaunched their Share A Coke campaign! They’re back with over 1,000 names, including last names! In addition to our names, I was really excited to find a “Hamilton” Coca-Cola bottle! Who doesn’t love that musical, am I right? You know I had to buy it.
Now, you guys may already know this, but Share A Coke isn’t just classic Coca-Cola. They also come in Coca-Cola Zero™, Diet Coke®, Coca-Cola Cherry and Coca-Cola Life. I was super pumped to find my husband’s name on a Cherry Coke bottle! This is why I love shopping at Giant Eagle; they have everything I could want and need.
When it comes to my husband’s “top secret” recipe, you guys are going to flip when you find out how easy it is. Up until recently, I didn’t even know. I always thought he had some type of special seasoning blend. But today, just for you guys, I’m going to share his secret.
Top Secret Burgers
- 1 pound ground beef 80/20 works best
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
In a large bowl, combine ground beef, salt and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly as not to have any large lumps of brown sugar. Form into round balls if using an indoor panini grill or patties if using a flat top grill.
If using an indoor panini grill, place ball onto grill and close lid, flattening pattie. Cook to desired level of doneness.
If using a flat top grill, place pattie onto flat top and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip and repeat on other side.
Serve with condiments of choice. My husband tops his burgers with a 50/50 mix of BBQ sauce and mayonnaise. I prefer only cheese. The caramel notes in the burger are unlike any other burger we've had!
These burgers are outstanding! I prefer mine with cheese; there’s something about the melty cheese with the caramelized pattie that just hits the spot for me, but you can absolutely make them without. For first-timers, I recommend tasting the pattie with no toppings at all and then deciding what you’d like on it. Caramelization isn’t something you normally have in a burger, so your standard lettuce, tomato and onion don’t necessarily work here.
Burgers, fries and an Ice Cold Coke pretty much sum up summer for me. They bring back memories of Memorial Day + Fourth of July cookouts. And for a moment, I’m a kid again. Then, of course, I snap back to reality and am surrounded by my amazing husband and kids. There’s no one else I’d rather Share an Ice Cold Coke with.
Since there are over 1,000 names out now at Giant Eagle, you can Share an Ice Cold Coke with anyone! Who will you share with? Tell me in the comments below!