Grilling Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers are a sure-fire hit with kids of all ages.

  • If you want a toasted bun, place buttered buns butter-side-down on the grill for five minutes or until toasted.
  • Keep a spray bottle of water near the barbecue in case of flare-ups.
  • Hot dogs are usually precooked, so you only need to heat them up on the barbecue; plan cooking times accordingly.
  • The more fat there is in your ground beef, the more the patties will shrink.
  1. Purchase hot dogs, ground beef, buns and condiments.
  2. Season ground beef as desired by adding seasoning salt, chopped onions, dry onion-soup mix, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  3. Form ground beef into patties using hands or a mold: Grab a tennis ball-sized piece of beef and flatten it into a patty. Be sure the patty is the same thickness on the edges as it is in the middle. Each patty should be about 3/4 inch thick.
  4. Stack ground beef patties on a plate, separating them with pieces of waxed paper. Refrigerate patties until time to cook.
  5. Prepare coals for barbecuing or turn gas grill to High.
  6. Place hamburgers and hot dogs on grill.
  7. Hot dogs should be turned often until slightly blistered on all sides.
  8. Cook hamburgers on one side until brown and sizzling (approximately 10 minutes).
  9. Using a spatula, flip hamburgers over and cook other side.
  10. When juices from hamburger are no longer pink, use a small knife to cut into one hamburger and check for doneness. If one is done, the rest will be also.
  11. Place grilled hamburgers and hot dogs on a clean plate.
  12. Serve as desired - plain or on buns.

Be sure hamburgers are cooked all the way through to avoid e. coli poisoning.

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