Memorial Day Burgers and Craft Beer Pairings

Some call Memorial Day Weekend the unofficial start to the summer. After a long, cold winter, gather your friends and fire up the grill and experience some delicious burger concoctions paired with tasty craft brews.

How to season and grill burgers

Oil grates of a gas or charcoal grill. On medium heat, warm the grill for 3-5 minutes until 450°F. Season one pound of ground beef with one teaspoon of salt and pepper each. Don’t overmix the meat and carefully form into patties. Grill patties for 5 minutes per side until 165 degrees is reached. Let the burgers rest up to 5 minutes before adding toppings as this seals in the flavor and juices.

Classic Pub Burger paired with American Pale Ale

A classic burger recipe pairs perfectly with a classic American pale ale

Ingredients

4 beef patties (see above)
1/4 red onion, sliced in rings
Iceberg lettuce leaves
Tomato, sliced
Blue cheese crumbles
Condiments of your choice (ketchup, mustard, mayo)
Bun of your choice, toasted

Prepare the vegetables and toast buns. On the fourth minute of grilling your beef patties on the second side, top with blue cheese crumbles. Grill for one more minute and then let the beef rest for up to five minutes. Dress burger with lettuce, red onion, tomato and condiments of your choice.

Beer Cheese Burgers topped with Crispy Onions paired with Lager or Pilsner

Balance the rich beer cheese with a crisp, light lager or pilsner

Inspired by Betsy Life

Ingredients
4 beef patties (see above)
Can of crispy fried onion
Bun of your choice, toasted

For the beer cheese
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ bottle beer (we used a pale ale)
4 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon hot sauce

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until a smooth paste forms. Pour in beer, whisking constantly. Add cheese, a little at a time, whisking until a smooth sauce forms. Remove from heat and stir in mustard and hot sauce.

Place your beef patties on buns and top with beer cheese and crispy onions.

Donut Burger paired with Stout

Yes, you read that right … donut burger! This decadent burger pairs best with a decadent stout!

Ingredients
4 beef patties (see above)
8 slices bacon, fried
4 eggs, fried
4 slices cheddar cheese
2 glazed donuts per burger

Prepare bacon and eggs, On the fourth minute of grilling your beef patties on the second side, top with cheddar cheese slices. Grill for one more minute and then let the beef rest for up to five minutes.

Place each beef patty on a glazed donut and top with one egg and 2 slices of bacon and then another glazed donut.

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