Grab a Burger and Relax!

It’s time to slow down and simply enjoy the summer. No better way than with a great burger and bottle of...?


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Grab a Burger and Relax! Life is funny, and predictable in so many ways. Take the summer. I break out the grill and the first things that gets fired up is a fabulous, juicy steak. Then come ribs, marinated then dry rubbed before slow smoking. Then more pork, some fish, and another steak or two, but by this time of the summer I’ve tired of all the prep involved and am more likely to have resigned myself to simply grilling great burgers. There is one more rib grilling adventure scheduled for this summer but more burgers are on the menu.

I’ve been grinding my own blend of meat this summer: 60% chuck and 40% short ribs, about 25% fat. They have been terrific, beef and rich with flavor. The burgers have averaged about 6 ounces, which is pretty large but not unmanageable, and allows for the development of a nice crust even on a pretty rare burger, though I prefer my burgers mostly medium rare with a thin touch of rare in the center. Easier said than done but when I time everything perfectly the results are simply phenomenal! So what do I drink with my Burgers to take full advantage of these fab patties and the glorious summer weather that makes them even more special, and more importantly what do some of my friends indulge in at burger time? Let’s find out!

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