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My brother-n-law lives on a ranch with 3 brothers. It's a rather large spread, and there are family gatherings every weekend at the camp. Now, I'm basically a city girl, however, when I visit (which is often), these guys are always in competition on who can create the best meat!!! It's really amusing, "how much fat??, how high the heat?, how many minutes?, what type of meat?", yet they are together every weekend. I'm talking a about 40 year old ranch! I'll call them metro-cowboys because they always smell good and are always clean at these cookouts. FYI, if we travel, they bring their grills! The recipe submitted is by far the most mouth watering burgers ever. He says it's all in his hands. I would probably believe it because he's just a wonderful man, but, I'm no dumby. You will have to prepare them and see for yourself. If I have done this correct, you will agree.


1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. sirloin
1 tbsn garlic
1 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
thinly sliced blue cheese
8 hamburger buns, split and toasted
lettuce leaves
sliced tomatoes
thinly sliced purple onion


Combine meats and seasonings. Shape burgers into 3/4 to 1" patties. Place on tray, cover and chill until needed. It's best to let them chill a couple of hours. Heat grill on high. Open grill and add burgers and turn to medium. Have a water sprayer near to spray any flames. Turn about every 3 minutes to evenly heat. For thicker burgers the time should take approx. 20 minutes+. Different for grill types. If you do the knife test, you will lose juices, be careful and test your thinnest one. Add cheese. If done, remove. Add bread face down to top rack while the rest cook through, then transfer to platter. Use toppings to taste and enjoy.


The most entertaining thing about being with my cowboy family is that one would assume that beer would be the beverage choice. It is soooo not. Red wine! Sutter Home, Cab Sauv! It's almost like an oxy-moron to me. Funny but true. Great family, true ranchers and boy can they grill.