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Our hamburger on the grill
I would love to meet the ladies of the "America's Test Kitchen." Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison have been an inspiration to me and my way of doing things. I follow most of their recipes and they always come out the way I want them to. I never miss any of their shows!

Our family celebrates National Hamburger's day on Memorial Day where we grill hamburgers and all the fixings are available. Relatives come over, and we start our day by visiting and putting flowers on the graves of loved ones. I'm sure Bridget and Julia would love to celebrate with us.

We attend the Memorial Day parade where the town’s marching band and veterans show their patriotic spirit, making us feel uplifted and happy to be an American. This is also an opportunity where we meet and visit our neighbors and friends.

By this time, we come back to enjoy a meal, play games, or just sit and have a conversation, catching up with each other. Jonathan and Daniel tend to the grills, making sure the hamburgers come out just right. Toni and Nancy oversee the buns, making sure they are nicely toasted on the grill before hamburgers on put on them. It works out well, and everyone loves it. All that is used when grilling hamburgers is salt and ground pepper. I'm sure Bridget and Julia would agree, that the simple way of doing things is always better.

Everyone usually has their favorite topping. They can choose a tomato, lettuce, and onion combo which the kids and older adults put on their hamburgers. Pepper Jack Cheese, salsa, guacamole, and jalapenos are favorites of my sons and uncles. I’ve had it this way, and it is tasty but don’t like jalapenos.

My favorite combo is barbecue sauce along with coleslaw, pickle relish, and bacon. My daughter and aunts love it this way too. So yes, we are prepared for all the different ways to serve our hamburgers. I wonder which Julia and Bridget would pick or would they create their own? This would be fun to find out.

We always go on a hike in the park to work off the food we ate. The children love the swings, slides, and whatever meets their fancy. This is a full day and we love it.

We remember our active soldiers, veterans, and the many men and women who died serving our country by becoming silent at 3 p.m. We have veterans in our family, and we are blessed that nothing happened to them when serving.

Below is the recipe we use when serving hamburgers. We raise cows so we love the taste of our meat. It's lean; but still juicy. Never overcook your burgers!

My Perfect Basic Burger


1 large egg
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper
1 pound of ground beef

• You can adjust this basic recipe to how much you need.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.

Whisk together egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add ground beef and breadcrumbs, if you wish, and mix with your hands or a fork until well blended. Form into four 3/4-inch-thick patties.

Place patties on the preheated grill. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or to the desired doneness. Insert an instant-read thermometer into the center - should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

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