Summer and barbecues go together, well, like summer and barbecues. It’s a fun way to bring the sometimes mundane tasks of cooking and eating to the great outdoors, as well as add a little playtime to mealtime.
A couple months ago, we featured Our Family Treat, and when I was thinking about great recipes for the grill I thought of none other than Lindsay and Brooks. It’s very hard to pick a favorite, so I’ll link to a couple more. But here is their Burger Italiano, a recipe concocted from leftovers that has now become a regular on their menu!
Makes 4 Burgers
1lb hamburger meat
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 tblsp olive oil
1 tblsp basil
1 tblsp oregano
4 slices mozzarella cheese
4 slices pancetta cooked till crispy (regular bacon works as well)
All your burger fixings
Start by mixing the beef, breadcrumbs, egg, olive oil, basil, oregano and the Parmesan in a bowl. Once all incorporated, separate the mixture into four separate and equal portions. Separate those portions into two equal patties. Put the mozzarella and the bacon in-between the two smaller patties, and form a seal around the edge so that they won’t leak out. Cook on the grill until firm, 4-5 minutes per side, and serve on a toasted bun with Pesto, and your favorite fixings. Ideal condiments are mayo, pesto, and Roma tomatoes.
I always like to have a festive drink for BBQs, and hey, it’s another great opportunity to put fresh fruits on display. Brew some green tea and pour over ice along with sliced fruits, like peaches or strawberries. You should also consider out this Perfect Fruit Punch from FamilyFun, who is an ideal resource for family friendly fare.
Now, any outdoor gathering, whether its the whole neighborhood or your family, isn’t truly complete without some outdoor toys and activities! Check out some ideas for a neighborhood field day, or plan to set up your own Yankee Stadium or Lambeau Field right in your backyard!
Truly perfect for the outdoors (and great for kids AND big kids) are Morphibians remote control toys! They can go rocks, dirt and even IN water. If you want some Morphibian-spiration, check out this great video.
Make the best of these long, hot summer evenings while they last, and check out some more ideas for outdoor fun!