These Grilled Philly Burgers start with a tasty backyard burger and then get topped with BBQ-glazed onions, peppers and mushrooms!
We’ve been on a serious clean out-the-house mission lately. We started with the basement (aka my office/man cave/photography studio/gym/storeroom), and literally donated an entire trunk full of stuff to our local Goodwill store. (Why exactly did I have 5 heart-shaped cake pans!? And will I ever go back and make gum paste flowers for cake decorating again??) Then it was on to Robbie’s toys. As anyone with kids knows, you’ve got to constantly purge old toys. Otherwise, you’ll never be able to walk through your house without stepping on random plastic toys with surprisingly sharp edges. Bonus points if the toy also happens to start playing music when you step on it.
Next up on the agenda is our garage. Umph. Garage and shed cleanup isn’t exactly at the top of my list of fun weekend activities. For starters, there’s months of sand, salt and dirt that has accumulated underneath our cars. And then there’s all of the random tools and equipment that you need when you own a home. I think we literally have 17 boxes of different sized screws and nails…and each one was needed for different projects. (Of course, there was that day a couple of weeks ago when I knocked a box of nails over and it scattered all underneath my car. That was fun.)
But sometimes cleaning up can be fun, too. Case in point: our tennis rackets. Laura and I both played tennis back in Atlanta. We played casually a couple of nights a week with Laura’s sister, and we really enjoyed it. When we moved up here to New York state, the tennis rackets got hung up in the garage…and promptly forgotten. But I found them! And we have a park around the corner with a tennis court. I’m totally going to go hit some balls around one night this week. And then I’m going to make Robbie fetch them all for me!
Speaking of tennis balls, I read an interesting article on The Atlantic the other day. Quick: what color is a tennis ball? I personally say green. But only 52% of folks agree. Another 42% say tennis balls are yellow while 6% fall into the “other” category. Pretty surprising, huh?
Grilled Philly Burgers
As summer is starting to wind down (huh, already!?), I’ve been looking for every opportunity possible to get the grill out. Every year I say that I’m going to keep on grilling straight through the winter. But every year that first 8+” snowfall changes my opinion about standing on the back porch. I was looking around the Kentucky Beef Council’s website the other day, and I stumbled across this idea for Grilled Philly Burgers. The idea comes from the menu at a local bar and grill in Lexington, KY, and those Grilled Philly Burgers sounded delicious!
As I don’t have any immediate plans to travel to Lexington, I decided to recreate these Grilled Philly Burgers here at home. They’re essentially a tasty backyard burger with a Philly twist. (I do love a good Philly cheese-steak!) I sauteed up a big pan of onions, peppers and mushrooms…but I added a fun little twist: barbecue sauce. Instead of putting barbecue sauce directly on the burger after it was grilled, I used a bit in the sauteed veggie mixture. The smoky flavor really comes though, and I’ve got to say these Grilled Philly Burgers earned a spot on my list of summer favorites!
So here’s to enjoying the remaining summer days…and then relaxing on the back porch while dinner sizzles away on the grill! Cheers, friends!
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