Memorial Day is a United States holiday that comes annually on the last Monday in May. It is a day set aside to honor those who have passed during military service and additionally marks the unofficial start of the summer grilling season. Cookouts and barbecues with patriotic themes are popular, so we have prepared a menu centered around grilling your guests will be sure to enjoy. The all-American burger is highlighted, but we have included some variations as well. In our next post, we will feature side dishes that are perfect for your own gathering, but also make great side dishes if you are headed to someone else’s potluck this Memorial Day weekend.
Test Kitchen Tip: When forming burger patties, handle the meat as little as possible to preserve a juicy and tender texture; overhandling the meat creates a denser burger. To prevent your patties from puffing up into meatballs while grilling, create a depression in the center of each patty with your thumb before placing on the grill.
For variations on the Basic Burger, including the Italian Burger and Asian Spiced Burger, click here.