When it comes to grill recipes, we'll put our money on any guy whose two-year-old daughter tells him, "Dad, I want some brisket!" So when Sam Mead showed us his recipe for Samburgers, we couldn't get to our grill fast enough. We could tell from the ingredients that this was the sort of spiffed-up burger a guy could actually prepare without gourmet credentials. As for testimonials, Sam reports that his daughter, Ruby, "goes right for the burger and forgets about the bun." The biggest reward of backyard grilling? According to Sam, it's the satisfaction of cooking for friends and family. And, he says, "Cooking outdoors always seems to make the food taste especially good."
Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, mixing thoroughly with your hands or a wooden spoon. Shape into 4 patties by hand, making the center of each just a little thinner than the edges. Refrigerate until ready to grill.
Start your grill, and when it's good and hot, grill the burgers to the desired doneness, flipping once. They'll take about 4 minutes on each side, more or less, depending on how you like them cooked. To make cheeseburgers, top with slices of American cheese or sharp Cheddar cheese after you flip them. Makes 4 burgers.