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Yesterday the fam and I went down to Port Burwell to spend the day at the beach. It was lovely. We'd never been there before and it's just a tiny little beachtown.
Parking was ample and free and close by. The water was nice. The beach was nice. Food was nearby. It wasn't overly crowded. All around nice time.
I bought a BBQ.
When we first moved into this place we went out and got what we thought was an ok BBQ. It was around $500 and it lasted maybe 3 years before it was a rusted out piece of shit. Yeah, we covered it in after use and stored it inside during the winter but it still managed to get wet enough that it just rotted away. Couldn't find replacement parts for it so we trashed it.
Next we said let's go cheap, if 500 gets us 3 years, let's see what $100 will get us.
So we found a cheap piece of shit that had replaceable grills.
Lasted 5 years and I didn't take care of it at all. I could've bought replacement parts for the bits that had melted away, but they cost around $60 and I thought 'Nah.. not spending 60% of the cost of the unit to replace one part..'
I treated that unit like shit and still got 5 years out of 'er. Not bad.
Now that I've had some years of practice and spent the last 2 summers trying to BBQ the perfect burger, I knew more about what I wanted. Heat control, sturdiness.
So I dropped $800 (after tax) on a Weber.
After fucking with one in the store for a while, and trying all the other units that fit our size requirements (Two burner, wheels, easily fits through a door) the Weber Genesis II was what I chose.
The lid is what sold me. Has a heat shield, bunch of ceramic, heavy as fuck.
Like when you open this bitch you're like 'Damn, that feels good.'
10 year warranty from the ground up and they make replacement grills for it.
So I've been making burgers 3 times a week trying to find the sweet spot and this fucking thing is just the cats ass, man. Give it 10 mins while you prep and this thing is going 600+ degrees and climbing.
Also, if any of you are looking for the perfect burger outside of a BBQ? Smash burger.
Here's a video on smash burgers.
It's ridiculous how many variations of burger composition I've been through in the last couple years trying to find my 'perfect' burger and then this easy, pan/griddle made piece of shit is the tastiest goddamn thing ever.
Take some ground beef. Something lean, not lean, whatever, there's purists out there who say x but my mouth can't fucking tell and I don't have a grinder and my local store doesn't really get into it much so I just get lean ground beef. Works great.
Roll 2 ounces of it into a ball twice. 'Cause these are thin patties you want two of 'em.
Put it on your piping hot, like super fucking hot, pan or griddle. You can grease the surface very lightly if you like but it shouldn't matter as long as you have a nice flat edge spatula.
Now smash it down until it's flat as fuck like a McDonalds burger.
Wait 45 seconds or so until the edges are brown, flip them and immediately put a shitty piece of shit Kraft single on each.
Once the cheese is all melty and gooey, like 20-30 seconds or less, throw 'em on top of each other on a bun, add your shit and chow down.
It's ridiculous how tasty these things are.
If you want to kick it up a bit you butter your bun and grill them too, give 'em your preferred amount of 'crunch'. I like raw onions and lettuce, a thin tomato, and some condiments.
Man, what a burger.