May 18, 2021
Picture this: Summer is here, and you’re ready to invite your friends and family over for a cookout, but you’re super nervous because you haven’t entertained in quite a while and might have forgotten how to throw a phenomenal BBQ. We can’t help you with your hosting anxiety, but we can give you some unique ideas on how to host a fun burger cookout this summer (assuming social gatherings will be coming back) because connecting with friends on a warm night with a handful of a messy burger is a perfect way to celebrate the summer.
Make sure you start with Calgary Co-op’s fresh in-store made burger patties, now available in a variety of flavor profiles including Jalapeno & Cheddar, Irish Stout & Cheddar, Maple Bacon and Backyard burger. These patties are delicious and loaded with taste all on their own, or a great base for you to create a variety of fast, family-friendly or feast-worthy meals and you can Make It Tonight!
Décor & Games
No one expects a BBQ to be fancy, but there are some fun ways to decorate your backyard for the summer months that your guests will love. String lights give any space a cozy ambiance and pair well with soft rock and fire pits. Convert the old charcoal BBQ you’ve had on the side of your house for years into an ice chest by removing the grill and filling it up with plenty of ice and your favorite cold beverages.
Picnic tables are a classic backyard staple that fit as many people as you can squeeze onto one bench, but they also allow for safe social distancing if required. You can cover the table with a reusable tablecloth for additional decor and easy spill cleanup. For a more eclectic look and to stay safely at length, have your guests bring their own lawn chairs and set them up around a fire pit. Or, forego the chairs altogether and lay down some sheets for a picnic-style soirée.
This year is the year of giant games – if you don’t believe it, just look at the outdoor aisles of any major retailer. Giant Jenga, giant Connect-Four, and giant dice are all readily available and provide fun for grownups and kids alike. Water balloons, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles will all add to the summer energy and will guarantee kids forget about Fortnite (at least for a few hours).
Burger Night Grilling Tips
Start with a clean grill. That means spending a few minutes burning off the charred remains of whatever was last on the barbecue and scraping it off until the grates of the grill look almost new. Our tip: skip the barbecue brush and use a wad of tin foil held by tongs to scrub up the grill grates.
You can mix up your own burger blend, but we think you’ll appreciate the time savings a pre-made patty offers.
The last tip is crucial: don’t put the patties on the grill until that thing is hot. The grill should be between 450 and 500 degrees when the patties are placed on it.
Tasty Burger Ideas!
You got the look, you got stuff to do, but what should you cook?! Hamburgers are summer backyard BBQ staples, but there are ways to step up the classic recipes. Fry up a pound of bacon to top the burgers and add a delicious crunch. Try upping your cheese game with smoked gouda or pepper jack cheese for a hint of spice. For the sides: grilled corn-on-the-cob, steamed artichokes, or simple bags of chips will leave any guest satisfied. Or, let Co-op handle the creativity and choose from one of our new flavor-packed Fresh In-Store Made burger patties. This week we’ve got ideas including Mexican style Jalapeno Cheddar Beef Burger, a Irish Stout Beef and Cheddar Burger and the decadent and summery Hawaiian Maple Bacon Beef Burger.
Asian Mushroom Burgers
4 Only Alberta Beef backyard mushroom burger
4 brioche buns
1 bunch watercress
1 bunch radishes (thinly sliced)
1 bottle Get Sauced Honey Garlic Sauce
1 bag Cal &Gary’s Sea Salt Crinkle Kettle Chips
⅓ cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. Korean chili paste
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
Pickled Shitake Mushrooms:
½ cup soya sauce
½ cup rice wine vinegar
½ cup water
⅓ cup sugar
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
2 cup shitake mushrooms (thinly sliced)
1. Preheat grill on medium high heat.
2. Pickled Shitake Mushrooms: In a saucepot over medium high heat combine shitake mushrooms with rest of ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook for five minutes until sugar is dissolved and remove mushrooms from brine. Let mixture cool and store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
3. Gochujang Mayo: In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix until well combined. Set aside in fridge.
4. Grill burgers approximately 2-3 minutes per side for a medium-rare burger, or until 160⁰F for well done. Before flipping, brush burger with Get Sauced Honey Garlic Sauce and repeat on the other side until nicely glazed.
5. To assemble brush top and bottom of bun with Gochujang Mayo. Place burger on bottom bun then cover sliced with radishes. Add watercress and top with a heaping tbsp of pickled mushrooms. Cover with top bun.
6. Serve with a side of Cal & Gary’s Sea Salt Crinkle Kettle chips.
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