How to Grill the BEST Burgers – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 13, 2009

No recipe from me tonight! But I do want to share a few things that I learned from my dad!  He’s whipping up Bacon Cheeseburgers with Tarragon Russian Dressing!  {licks lips}

What a treat!!!


I’m really thankful for these 2 tips for grilling burgers that he shared with me!

  1. Place patties in bowl of ice water for 30 seconds before grilling.  Makes them juicier.
  2. As you place the burgers on the grill, brush them with melted butter/margarine.  Makes them tastier.  And juicier too!

That’s all I’ve got for tonight…Love for you to share any grilling tips in the comments…and link up your $5 meals!!!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessie July 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Oh man, thanks for the tip! I would have never known to do either one of those.


Nicole @frugalisfab July 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Those look delicious right about now!


Jennifer July 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm

I have never heard that. Neither myself, or my husband have much in the way of grilling skills, but I am trying to learn. Thanks for the tip!


Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship July 14, 2009 at 1:34 am

Grilled chicken is always more tender when smaller, so opt for kebobs on skewers (marinated is best!) over whole breasts if you have time to cut and skewer them. Italian dressing makes an easy marinade!


Journey July 14, 2009 at 1:44 am

This look good. I love sweet potato fries as well. Yum!


Amanda Adler July 14, 2009 at 6:30 am

The tarragon sauce sounds DIVINE!!! CAn you share the recipe ; 0 )


Erin July 14, 2009 at 7:34 am

He didn’t tell me how he made it! I was working on something else and wasn’t paying attention :( I’m sure you could google it and it would come up…It was SORTA like a homemade Thousand Island dressing. Tasted delish on the burgers!!!


Kat June 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

This may be a silly question, but do you put the burgers in a ziplock bag or something and then soak them in ice water? Or do they go in “bare”?


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