May is National Barbecue Month! Time to get the grill out of the garage and fire up some gourmet dishes for your guests. Propane can definitely help this process along, the fuel is very easily portable, allows for even heating, and makes lighting your grill as easy as flipping a switch. So now all you have to decide is what to cook!
Here are some of our favorite summertime meals:
The Best Burger Ever:
Combine lean ground beef, breadcrumbs, an egg, chili powder, garlic powder, a dash of salt, and A1 barbecue sauce in a bowl. Mix thoroughly so that all ingredients are indistinguishable. Pat the meat into patties, about the size of your palm and about a half inch thick. Place the patties on a baking sheet or plate and keep in fridge for at least 20 minutes to firm.
Watch for flame as you place the patties on a searing hot propane grill. Cover and let sit for 1-2 minutes or until grill marks have formed. DO NOT FLIP UNTIL INITIAL GRILL MARKS HAVE FORMED. Flip and repeat for 2nd side.
After the patties have been marked, move to upper rack and cook for 5-10 more minutes based on desired temperature. Place any wanted cheese onto patties at this time.
Remove from the grill and place onto a warm bun with all the fixins, and enjoy!
The Vegetarian Option:
Cut ends off of a bushel of asparagus spears and wash the spears under clean cold water. Place asparagus in a large bowl (with fitting cover) and add a drizzle of olive oil, dash of salt, dash of pepper, and toss in the large bowl to coat everything evenly. Wrap the spears in foil and cook on medium to high heat for 5-10 minutes or until tender.
Flavorful Grilled Fruit:
Cut apple, strawberry, pineapple, grapes, and peaches into small chunks to be placed on wooden or metal skewers. Once skewers are assembled melt margarine and honey together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and cook gently, stirring occasionally for about five minutes and then remove from heat.
Place the skewers onto foil on the preheated grill; spoon margarine-honey mixture over each skewer. Grill until the fruit is softened and the sauce has thickened and cooked onto the fruit, about 5 minutes. Flip the skewers, spoon more margarine-honey sauce over each, and grill for about 5 more minutes on the other side.
Chilling with Chicken:
Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme. Pour over boneless, skinless chicken breast in a bowl to marinate for at least 6 hours. Heat a propane grill and cook the chicken for 10 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Cool and slice diagonally then skewer with toothpick.
These mouthwatering meals are guaranteed to keep you, and any of your guests, feeling full all month long. And with propane and paper plates, these meals are incredibly hassle-free.