Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cheddar Bacon Burgers and Macaroni Salad

Here are a couple of great summer barbecue recipes

Cheddar Bacon Hamburgers:

Heat grill to medium high heat

3/4 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1 small finely chopped onion
1T. your favorite barbecue sauce
1T. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. seasoned salt
3/4 t. ground black pepper
1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
 12 slices of hickory smoked bacon
6 hamburger buns

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cheese, onion, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Add ground beef and mix thoroughly by hand. Form 6 patties.  Each of the six patties will have two slices of bacon. Place one slice of bacon from side to side on each patty and the second slice from top to bottom so the bacon makes a (+) on each of the patties, secure bacon in place with a toothpick. 
Lightly oil the rack on the grill, so bacon does not stick. Place hamburger patties on the grill and cook for approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees. Remove toothpicks and place each patty on a hamburger bun.  Top with your favorite burger toppings.

This next recipe is one of my favorites also. It was given to me by a very dear family member.

Diane's Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked al dente and drained ( I use Barilla brand)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 of a small bag of shredded carrots, chopped into small pieces
1-14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
1C. granulated sugar
1C. white vinegar
 2C. real mayo ( do not use salad dressing such as Miracle Whip)

In a large mixing bowl, mix together macaroni, onion, bell pepper and carrots. In another mixing bowl mix together sweetened condensed milk, sugar, vinegar and mayo. A whisk seems to work best for mixing the dressing mixture. Add the milk mixture to the macaroni mixture and stir together very well. Your salad will be very thin. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir well before serving.

I am not sure how many serving this actually makes, but it will serve a lot of people. I hope you enjoy these both of these recipes. Happy barbecuing! :)

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