Big BAMA Mesquite Classic Burgers with Cheese

Pairs well with:

Cabernet Sauvignon

This rich red easily complements your homemade chicken dishes, red meats, game, and mildly seasoned pastas.


Home Made Marinade:
1/2 Cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 Cup Water
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1/2 tsp. Cayenne red pepper

3 lbs 80/20 Ground Chuck
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
3 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
3 tsp. Hidden Valley Ranch Salad and Seasoning Mix

Mesquite Wood Chip Bowl:
2 12×12 Sheets of Aluminum Foil
2 Cups Mesquite Wood Chips

Grill Prep:
3 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

Burger Toppings:
6 Slices of American Cheese
2 Large Beef Steak Tomatoes Slices
1 Medium Sized head of Iceberg Lettuce washed and pulled apart
6 Good Quality Hamburger Buns, Split



Prepare a medium hot charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to medium high.

To prepare your Home Made Marinade: Combine the Worcestershire sauce, water, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cayenne red pepper into a medium sized bowl. Whisking together until all ingredients are combined well.

To make the patties: Shape 6 patties to fit the bun size, 1/2 lb each. Put 1 Tbsp. of the home made marinade on 1 side of the patty rubbing in with your fingers. On the same side, sprinkle 1/8 salt, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper and 1/4 tsp Hidden valley ranch salad and seasoning mix. Once you have put all the ingredients on one side, flip and do follow the same steps for the other side.

Making the mesquite bowl: Place both sheets of the aluminum on top of each other. Crimp up the sides forming a bowl shape. Place the 2 cups of mesquite wood chips into the bowl that you have made. Once you grill is ready, with some tongs lift one grate and place the mesquite bowl in the center of the fire or grill on the center burner. Put the grate back down and brush with the vegetable oil and cover.

Once you see a fair amount of smoke, it should take 3 to 4 minutes, then place patties on the grill rack and cover for 4 to 5 minutes per side turning only once. Place one cheese slice per patty during the last 2 minutes of grilling.

To assemble. place each cheese topped patty on the bottom buns, add 1 slice of tomato and 2 pieces of the iceberg lettuce and put on the top buns. Serve, makes 6 servings.