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Step Up Your Backyard Cookout With One of a Kind Burgers By Celebrity Chef Melissa Cookston

With summer here, there’s only one food item that screams “backyard cookout” – BURGERS!

Taken from Cookston’s cookbook, “Smokin' in the Boys' Room” and “Smokin’ Hot in the South,” the below award-winning recipes for pub burgers with beer seared onions, pimento pork and chorizo burgers, and delta juke burgers will elevate your backyard cookout with flavorful burgers unlike any other!

“Everyone I know loves a good grilled burger, and this recipe for Pub Burgers with Beer Seared Onions is a winner! For this recipe, I used Aussie Beef, and it really was delicious. The beef is so rich you don’t need a lot of seasoning (but I’ve never let that stop me before!) The onions are super easy and have such a great flavor you’ll want to make these for other recipes as well (they go great with lamb and steak!) It’s easy to make them on the grill in a cast iron skillet, so you won’t have to mess up the kitchen (and keep the heat down in the summer!) The main seasoning that I used for this is my Grillin’ Shake.”

Pub Burgers with Beer Seared Onions

For the onions:

2 medium onions sliced thinly

2 tablespoons Banner Butter or your favorite butter

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1-1/2 cups stout beer

For the burgers:

1-1/2 pounds Aussie Ground Beef

4 slices cheddar cheese

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup stout beer

2 teaspoons Grillin' Shake (or your favorite burger seasoning)

In a mixing bowl, add the ground beef, hot sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and beer. Hand mix until incorporated. Form into 4 patties. Sprinkle the Grillin' Shake on outside of patties.