Kick off summer grilling season with unique recipes

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The “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” brand serves up burger recipes and tips to keep grills fired up all summer long.

With the weather heating up and cookouts on the horizon, grill masters everywhere are sharpening their skills and preparing to kickoff summer with beef on the grill. In fact, most men (52%) and about a third of women (35%) consider the ability to properly grill beef to be a top five life skill.

So the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” brand, funded by the beef checkoff, is celebrating by sharing three juicy burger recipes and tips to cook your burger to perfection.

For celebrity Chef Josh Capon, burgers are a family favorite. And as the seven-time winner of Rachael Ray’s Burger Bash and owner of Capon’s Burgers, who better to share tips for the perfect burger?

“It’s all about knowing how to shape, season and grill your beef patty just right,” said Capon. “I like to start with a good blend of 80/20 ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and then form the patty a little larger than the bun. You can smash it with a burger press, or just form the patty by hand, but remember, the beef will shrink in and get thicker as it cooks. Finally, only flip once or twice and then leave it alone until the center has a nice internal temperature of 160º F.”

Talk about getting it just right – this Smashburgers with Onion recipe is one you’re not going to want to miss. Featuring double, juicy beef patties with cheese, shallots, fresh thyme and garlic aioli, this is about as close as you can get to grilling up a restaurant-style burger in your own backyard.

If you’re looking to load up on beef or get creative with your toppings, the Irish Hills Reuben Burger checks all those boxes. Topped with deli corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing it combines your classic Reuben and burger for the ultimate duo.

To top it all off with a little spice, the Mushroom Swiss Burger with Jalapeno Aioli offers just the right amount of kick. Keeping it simple with Swiss cheese, mushrooms and whatever else you like slathered with jalapeno aioli, this burger served with homemade zucchini fries is the definition of a complete meal.

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