A Man's Hamburger

Who’s Your Daddy Burger

So what’s up with the title you ask? I use the word daddy meaning supremacy of fine eats, not as in sugar daddy or parentage and certainly not to conjure the question 'who’s your baby daddy?' This post was meant to be for Father's Day but I fooled around and messed up on the cycle. So it is fitting I deliver it this week when I go once again to the grill for some serious time in preparation for the Fourth of July weekend.

First up is this all-time classic around our house we sometimes call the Smokehouse Burger. Now getting back to the title, if my daddy was still alive, this is the burger he would appreciate. Big, bold and meatya man’s burger so big on flavor and smokehouse taste it would remind him of the days back on the farm. Yep, they had a smokehouse and after a day of hard work, I suspect he would have eaten two of these bad boys. These burgers rate supremacy over the pure essence of what a burger should be, in my opinion - meaty, moist and juicy, savory with a bold flavor and a caramelized crust. To me, these are the daddy of all burgers.

The recipe is based on one my momma made with a raw onion and Lipton soup mix. I’ve juiced it up a little adding A-1 and liquid smoke and while grilling these, I like to glaze them with my bourbon marinade I use when finishing off my steaks, that’s what helps form the crust and gives it an extra unexpected flavor. It’s just a winning combination if you ask me. Enjoy!
Getting ready for the 4th

Smokehouse Burgers

1 large red onion, finely diced or grated
1/2 medium green bell pepper, finely diced or grated
2 packages Lipton onion soup mix
2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring (I use hickory)
1/2 cup A-1 Steak Sauce
1 to 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 pounds ground chuck beef (80/20), use chili style ground beef if possible
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin beef (90/10)
Recipe for Jim Beam Marinade -see below
    In a large bowl combine all ingredients except meat and marinade – mix well. Break ground beef into small pieces and add to the bowl incorporating meat into mixture with a large spatula. Avoid using hands keeping the fat content cold.

    Divide into eight equal portions and form into balls dipping hands in ice water if necessary. Place on large baking pan and chill for several hours.
    Shape into patties about 3/4 inches thick, again, dip hands in ice water if needed. Make an shallow depression in the center to keep the burgers flat during cooking.

    Preheat grill on medium high. Grill patties for 5 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Baste both sides with some of the steak marinade while grilling.

    Stack on the cheese, bacon, lettuce & tomatoes and enjoy a taste we like at our house and one daddy would sure to love.

    Jim Beam Marinade

    6 tablespoons soy sauce
    1/4 cup Jim Beam (or other bourbon)
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire
    2 tablespoons Wesson oil
    2 garlic cloves -minced
    1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
    1 tablespoon black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/8 teaspoon red pepper
    *2 tablespoons water
      Mix everything is a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until dissolved. Store mixture in a sealed jar or a shaker bottle. *I use the water to rinse out the pan.


      1. love love love that marinade....can't beat those flavors on anything you put it on! Oh and that burger is diffinitely a man burger lol.....you are so funny :)

      2. I'm saving this one for sure, it wouldn't hurt my feelings to enjoy one of these burgers on the 4th!

      3. Ooo...such mouthwatering burget meat! Btw, I have some awards for you. Please feel free to stop by. Thanks!
        Cheers, Kristy

      4. Nice blog you have here, came over from Kristy's little space! These burger sure have a lot of flavor going on here! That's what nice about using beef you can use those bold flavors! Looks great!

      5. Good GOOD marinade! By the way, I recommended your site to someone at work who loves them some southern cooking!

      6. wow.....I'm coming off the red meat wagon for this one.....those burgers sound too good to be true...all those great ingredients....I see a bun with my name on it!
        No need to ask wheres the beef? when Drick is cooking!!

      7. I love the jim beam marinade....

      8. This sounds really good! I know my husband would love it :)

      9. My husband is a big fan of liquid smoke. He'd love these burgers!

      10. looks great! i love the marinade, i can just imagine the burst of flavor it would add, sounds wonderful!

      11. Those sound so flavorful! I can see why they are the king of the burgers in your book.

      12. You kill me!!! Listen- the day I eat burgers again, if that day ever comes, I want you to be the one making 'em for me. Deal?

      13. You are cracking me up with the title's explanation...Fantastic looking burgers:) You are the master of the grill!

      14. great burger I love liquid smoke and the smoky sublte taste it gives, how funny we call hubby big daddy..haha he would love this burger


      15. Hi Drick, as usual love your intro, you have such a great sense of humor.
        I love your marinade, my husband will truly love this. Happy 4th of July.


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