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It’s Memorial Day

On this important day of remembrance, we humbly thank our veterans for their service in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a day to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and we’re hoping at cookouts and celebrations across the country, people are serving their guests as our fallen veterans proudly served us. Happy Memorial Day.



Memorial Day Grill Menu: Sides

Yesterday, we posted our favorite burger recipes for Memorial Day cookouts. Today, we’ll focus on the side dishes. These dishes are great for barbecues or potlucks and can easily be prepared on the grill while you are making the main dish. Too often, the grill gets passed over for the stove or the oven, so we wanted to highlight grilled side dishes today. Every dish deserves the smoky flavors of the grill and these are two of our favorites.


Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
YIELDS: 6 servings

Corn is delicious when cooked on the grill because it takes on a smoky flavor. We recommend the Hamilton Beach GrillStation 5 Burner Gas Grill. This salad is great on its own or served alongside tortilla chips for dipping.
Ingredients
3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ears corn on the cob, husked
1 can (15.5 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green bell pepper, halved, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped onion
3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
Instructions
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
For lime dressing, combine lime juice, olive oil, vinegar, cumin and salt.
Grill corn 12 to 14 minutes, covered, turning occasionally and brushing with lime dressing until cooked and slightly charred.
Cut corn off the cob; place in a large bowl. Stir in black beans, green pepper, cherry tomatoes, onion, cilantro, parsley and remaining salad dressing. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 hours before serving.
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Grilled Garlic Bread and Tomato Salad
YIELDS: 6 servings

Think beyond the basics when using your outdoor grill for sides. If you like baked garlic bread, you’ll love it grilled. Plus, the Hamilton Beach GrillStation™ 5 Burner Gas Grill creates beautiful grill marks, adding to the rustic presentation of this delicious salad.
Ingredients
1/3 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 baguette French bread, sliced 1-inch thick
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
3 Tablespoons coarsely chopped onion
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4  teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
Stir oil and garlic in a small bowl; brush both sides of slices.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Grill bread 5 minutes on each side until slightly charred. Remove to cutting board; cut into 1-inch pieces.
Place bread pieces, tomatoes, blue cheese, onion, balsamic vinegar, basil, salt and pepper in a large bowl; toss until mixture is combined.
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Memorial Day Grill Menu: Burgers

Memorial Day is a United States holiday that comes annually on the last Monday in May. It is a day set aside to honor those who have passed during military service and additionally marks the unofficial start of the summer grilling season. Cookouts and barbecues with patriotic themes are popular, so we have prepared a menu centered around grilling your guests will be sure to enjoy. The all-American burger is highlighted, but we have included some variations as well. In our next post, we will feature side dishes that are perfect for your own gathering, but also make great side dishes if you are headed to someone else’s potluck this Memorial Day weekend.

Kristel’s Tip: When forming burger patties, handle the meat as little as possible to preserve a juicy and tender texture; overhandling the meat creates a denser burger. To prevent your patties from puffing up into meatballs while grilling, create a depression in the center of each patty with your thumb before placing on the grill.


Basic Burgers
YIELDS: 4 servings

Hamburgers are the ultimate cookout favorite. Here, we offer you the basic recipe. To dress up the traditional burger, add cheese, lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments, or get creative and try a variety of toppings such as onion rings, blue cheese, cucumbers, and jalapeños.
Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 hamburger buns
Instructions
Combine the ground chuck, salt, and pepper in a medium mixing bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly, using your hands. Shape the mixture into four patties, each 3/4-inch thick in the center and at the edges. (Even thickness ensures even cooking and prevents the edges from the drying out before the center is cooked).
Place the patties on the grill. Grill for 7 to 10 minutes per side, turning once. (According to the US Dept. of Agriculture, all ground meat should be cooked to at least medium doneness - 160 degrees - or until the center of the patty is no longer pink.) Make a small incision in the center of the each patty to determine doneness.
Toast the buns by placing them, split side down, on the edges of the grill grid for about 1 minute until lightly browned.
Remove the burgers from the grill and serve on toasted hamburger buns.
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For variations on the Basic Burger, including the Italian Burger and Asian Spiced Burger, click here.

 


Grilled Greek Burgers with Cucumber Sauce
YIELDS: 4 servings

We took a nod from the Greeks when creating this delicious burger recipe. Instead of a hamburger bun, we opted for pita bread. Instead of ketchup and mustard, we were inspired by traditional tzatziki sauce, made from thick Greek yogurt, cucumber, mint and dill. If you crave a burger and it’s not ideal to grill outdoors, try our indoor Searing Grill.
Ingredients
1 (16 ounce) container Greek plain yogurt
1/2 cup seeded, and chopped cucumber
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 Tablespoon  finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon dried mint leaves
1 pound ground turkey (97% lean)
1/2  cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
4 pita bread
Lettuce
Sliced tomato
Instructions
For Cucumber Sauce: Stir yogurt, cucumber, dill, 1 Tablespoon chopped onion and mint in a medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Preheat grill to MEDIUM-HIGH heat or GRILL ZONE (ORANGE).
Place turkey, feta cheese, 1/2 cup chopped onion, oregano, pepper and salt; form mixture into 4 burgers.
Grill burgers covered 5 minutes on each side, until juices run clear and meat is no longer pink.
Serve burgers in a pita pocket with Cucumber Sauce, lettuce and sliced tomato.
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Mexican Burgers
YIELDS: 4 servings

Beef burgers are spiced up with cumin and jalapenos to create a Mexican spin on the traditional burger. We cooked these on our GrillStation™ 5 Burner Gas Grill and served them in baskets for easy handling at cookouts and parties; tortilla chips make a great side.
Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 to teaspoon chopped jalapeno pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 avocado, peeled and sliced
Salsa
4 hamburger buns
Instructions
Combine ground chuck, salt, and pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Shape the mixture into four patties, each 3/4-inch thick in the center and at the edges. (Even thickness ensures even cooking and prevents the edges from the drying out before the center is cooked).
Place the patties on the grill. Grill for 7 to 10 minutes per side, turning once. Make a small incision in the center of the each patty to determine doneness.
Toast the buns by placing them, split side down, on the edges of the grill grid for about 1 minute until lightly browned.
Remove the burgers from the grill. Serve on toasted buns with salsa and slices of ripe avocado.
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