• Prep Time
    20 minutes not including building fire
  • Cook Time
    10 to 12 minutes
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Friday Night Frights are a tradition with me.  Friday nights are the best night of the week.  Work is done, Saturday is filled with possibilities, and Monday morning is a world away.  TGIF.  What better way to celebrate than with a burger and a scary movie.  It’s pure escapism (as long as we don’t veer off into the gory slasher genre) accompanied by a calorie splurge. Take a deep breath.  If you’re eating a cheeseburger on Friday night with a roof over your head and no fear of a Russian bomb falling on it (anytime soon), consider yourself one of the luckier human beings on this planet.  And, if you are also drinking a bottle of wine and fussing over your 90 year old mother who dislocated her shoulder this morning, consider yourself cosmically lucky. Life is scary.  It doesn’t make sense that people would want to get even more scared by watching a horror movie but maybe it’s because we know the horror isn’t real that we enjoy it.  All I know is that the best horror movies tend to tell us something about human nature in its extreme. Sadly, watching the nightly news is the most horrific thing on t.v.  So, enjoy the sanctuary of home and pray for any person who can’t just enjoy a night of safety, family and comfort.  I am so lucky.


Cheeseburger Friday Night


    Build a fire on a Weber charcoal grill. The gril temp should be right around 400 degrees. Then get your ingredients together.

    Step 1

    Chop 1/2 of the onion and mix with ground beef. The other half should be sliced and sauteed in butter to go on the top of the burger when it is done.

    Step 2

    To the beef, add Kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder to season.

    Step 3

    Add beaten egg and a generous squirt of catsup.

    Step 4

    Mix the meat and other ingredients with your hands and form into patties and place on a cookie sheet until you are ready to grill.

    Step 5

    While you are waiting to grill, saute the rest of your onion and cook over low heat until the onions have caramelized.

    Step 6

    Grill the burgers for about 5 minutes on each side. Don't overcook. The patties are going to continue cooking.

    Step 7

    Bring the hamburger patties inside and pile a bunch of cheese on them. Put in the oven at about 300 degrees to melt the cheese. Warm the buns while you are melting the cheese.

    Step 8

    Assemble the burger. I like mayo on the bottom bun, then lettuce, tomatoes, patty, cheese, grilled onions and red onions. Spread catsup on the top bun. Serve whole or cut in half. A pickle would be nice.

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