Sunday Supper: Father’s Day Grillout

June 15, 2014 | By | Comments (1)
Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burgers; Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burgers; Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Whether it’s topped with sharp cheddar cheese, sour-sweet pickles, or crisp summer tomatoes, we’ve never met a burger we didn’t love. There’s no better occasion than Father’s Day to hang out at the grill with Dad.  But before you grab your tongs, crack open a beer, and fire up the grill, read our top five tips to making better burgers:

1. Go easy on your patties
Loosely form ground meat into patties, as overworking will result in flavorless burgers. Make your patties thick enough so that they will be nice and juicy, but not so thick that they take forever to cook.

2. Spatulas are for flipping, not squashing
If you press your burgers down with a spatula, you’re actually squeezing all of the moisture of out them.

3. High heat = flavor and texture
Heat your grill to its highest temperature and start cooking your burgers over direct heat. After they have a nice char on both sides, finish cooking them over indirect heat to avoid scorching.

4. Give your burgers a break
The secret to juicy burgers? Rest them on a bed of paper towels for a few minutes after they’re cooked. Not only will you lock moisture into your burgers, the paper towels will drain any excess juice, preventing soggy buns.

5. Take buns seriously
Last, but not at all least, a lackluster bun can ruin even a perfectly cooked burger. The bun should not take away from the flavor of the meat or the other toppings. We like to give our buns a light toast on the grill—a little char gives a lot of flavor.

Now, it’s time to put your grilling skills to the test. We’ve chosen our best burger recipes for you, but also make sure to check out our Ultimate Grilling Guide for more delicious burger ideas. From all of us at Southern Living, Happy Father’s Day!

Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burgers

Lamb Burgers

Best Turkey Burgers


  1. Ashley

    Grilling time is family time for us. I usually prepare the Fixin’s Du Jour and turn them over to my hubby to fire up on the grill. I watch the kids roll around on their bikes and three wheelers while my Hubby plays golf or ball with the boys while the food cooks. Hamburgers are a favorite as we mix our own patties. I like using Dale’s Seasoning with Frenches Fried Onions to keep the patties from breaking apart. Serve them with homemade Sweet potato Fries with a Curry/Cayenne Mayo dip on the side. If I had a Kamado Grill I would slow roast a Venison Hind stuffed with Chorizo and wrapped in a thick cut bacon. Since my husband likes to make pizza too I would have him make his White Chicken Pizza on the Dome as well. Then I can get a night off from cooking!! Now who can I get to do the dishes? Ashley

    June 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

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