It seems odd to be writing about 8 Amazing Burger and Hot Dog Recipes You’ll Love in the midst of a three-day snow storm but candidly I almost love the flavor of grilled burgers and hot dogs more in the winter. Set to a backdrop of freezing temps, I think the best tasting grilled burgers I’ve had in my life have been mid-mountain on a great ski day for a lunch break. The smells from the grill are intoxicating and the flavors seemingly more pronounced.
Regardless of the season or weather, grilled burgers and hot dogs are a truly American pastime all year round. They celebrate summer, and are a great option to feed a crowd. With the Super Bowl upcoming sharing a collection of some of my personal favorites from Boulder Locavore seemed perfectly timed. They would be great for a football party at home or tailgating. Pair with gluten-free or regular buns and everyone can partake!
FIRECRACKER HOT DOGS: Why have a regular hot dog when you can amp it up with a melted slice of Pepper Jack cheese, grilled or sautéed red onion slices topped with crispy, gluten-free beer-battered deep-fried jalapeno peppers for a kick?
GRILL-SMOKED GREEN CHILE BURGERS IN A BACON WEAVE: After attending Steven Raichlen’s Barbecue University last summer I’m devoted to the bacon weave. It is easy to make, looks fantastic and adds a bite of bacon in every mouthful. These green chile burgers are woven into the bacon weave and grilled with some smoking done in a simple method on the grill with foil and some wood chips. No fancy equipment required. Big flavors as a result!
STUFFED TACO BURGERS: Love a good taco? Take all the ingredients an add them inside a burger! It’s definitely the best of both worlds.
HAY-SMOKED SALMON BURGERS: This may be the one option that would not be great for tailgating unless you want to smoke-blast your neighbors out of the parking lot. This multi-step process hay-smokes salmon burgers then grills them to cook them through. It’s fun and a great show. The burgers are light and tasty.
MESQUITE-SMOKED JALAPENO CHEESE BACON-WRAPPED HOT DOGS: Similar to the bacon-weave burgers, these hot dogs have a lot going on! The hot dogs are stuffed with cheddar cheese and jalapeno slices, wrapped in bacon to be grill-smoked and topped with grilled red onions.
THE BEST BISON BURGER: This recipe comes courtesy of the JW Marriot Dessert Ridge in Phoenix. I lunched there over a spring break and enjoyed this fantastic burger and an accompanying Prickly Pear Margarita (which has been pinned thousands, literally, of times on Pinterest). The burger is juicy and delicious with a chance to change up the meat to bison, which is more lean than beef still with great flavor.
JUICY BACON-AND-EGG CHEESE BREAKFAST BURGER: For those chomping at the bit to get the party going at the crack of dawn, this burger is for you. Topped with slices of bacon, a fried egg, Sriracha Sour Cream and some arugula for a kick, it definitely starts the day out on a robust note!
SOUTHWEST BACON CHEESEBURGERS: Ground beef, chorizo, green chilies and cheese all combine to make a burger bursting with flavor that is topped with grilled red onions and bacon slices. Also tips for making the perfect burger!
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. To learn more check my Disclosure page.