Four hamburger recipes to help you celebrate any summer holiday

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — What a perfect weekend to celebrate with a juicy burger!

Grab some buns and ground chuck, we’ve got burger recipes from our NBC4 Grill Masters to make this holiday sizzle. Our very own Mike Jackson, Jerod Smalley, Olivia Fecteau and Marcus Thorpe are releasing, for the first time, their very own burger secrets. (Okay they’re not secrets per say, but they will make your hamburgers taste great).

Mike’s ‘Buffalo Burger’

mike jackson smallI like bison because it’s lean and a little healthier than beef, plus I like eating things that are ‘exotic.’

Start with the right ingredients. Put one pound of ground bison, 1/4 cup of bread crumbs, one egg, three tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, four dashes of hot sauce, one teaspoon of garlic powder and one pinch of black pepper in a bowl and mix by hand.

Now make up four patties, cover them with foil and pop them in the fridge until they’re chilled (15-20 minutes).

I like to hit the grill with cooking spray before applying the burgers.

Grill the burgers until they’re slightly pink in the top which should take about five minutes on each side. I like to add a slice of cheese and allow it to melt before removing the patties from the grill.

Enjoy the burgers with your choice of buns!

Jerod’s ‘BBQ Burger’ & ‘Back to the Basics Burger’

jerod smalley smallI’ve got two great burgers that are sure to please your cookout crowd. You’ll want to make extras because these will go fast!

BBQ Burgers: Add some honey to a regular sized bottle of barbecue sauce in a bowl. Prep your burgers normally and after two minutes on the grill start to baste the patties with the sauce on both sides. FLAVOR!

Back to the Basics: I like to use baked potato seasoning on my day-to-day burgers. It usually consists of a salt and pepper mix (Cracker Barrel makes a great one). Coat the meat with the seasoning on both sides. The burgers typically turn out juicy and delicious.

Olivia’s ’80/20 Burger’

olivia fecteau smallSo many of these recipes out there are more like meatloaf on the grill. I prefer for my burger to taste like a burger, thus simple is the name of the game.

First, get some good quality 80/20 ground beef and add in some salt and ground pepper. You can throw in some finely chopped onions too if you like them.

Then just form your patties and GRILL! Toward the end of grilling, put a slice of deli American cheese on top and let it melt!

PRO TIP: Only use 80/20 beef! Anything leaner than that, and it won’t taste like a burger.

Marcus’ ‘Jalapeño peppercorn cream cheese burger’

marcus thorpe small

Okay, so this one has a few steps to it, but I guarantee it will be your go to recipe when you want to impress.

First, throw some whole jalapeño’s on the grill until they start to blister. Then take them off, cut them long ways and set aside.

Next, beat two sticks of cream cheese until smooth.

Then, take peppercorns and out in small ziploc bag and smash. Add salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder into the same bag.

You’ll then take a thinly pressed burger patty and smear cream cheese on one side.

Add sliced peppers on top of the cream cheese layer and then add another thinly pressed patty on top of other party and fold sides together.

Sprinkle your seasoning mix, including crushed peppercorns, all around the patty.

Grill 6-8 minutes on each side, and then enjoy!

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