Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dwight's Grilled Burgers

Dwight’s Grilled Burgers
Drocas Annette Walker

Family member support becomes invaluable during a crisis. My heart always goes out to people, whose family structure is fragmented during a catastrophe. We are blessed to have two adult children within our close-knit family unit, who have been right with us from the start of Dana’s hospital episode. Not only has Dawn and Dwight transported me back and forth, dropped their work schedules to rally around their dad, help with laundry and housework that I was getting behind on, but they make sure that I am eating right to keep up my strength. One of the first things you quit during hospital stays, as you become isolated from the outside world, is structured meals. One spends hours sitting in a waiting room waiting on surgery to get done, only to transfer one’s body to another waiting room where life revolves around the intensive care visiting hour, until you move to a hospital room of continual interruptions day and night for procedures and tests. Your focus on getting your loved one back on their feet becomes your first priority. I’ve found that simple and quick meals are what one goes for in hospital life.

My son, Dwight, loves to fix stuff on the grill stationed on our back porch. After a long day at work, Dwight will often grill something for his supper. During one of my short overnight stays while I was getting packed up to go back to the hospital, Dwight grilled up a hamburger to eat first letting me feature his culinary skills in this week’s column. Warm spring weather is a perfect time to spend outdoors cooking something on the grill surrounded by a dazzling array of spring blossoms. Dwight’s Grilled Burgers is a basic recipe that you can use to make your own deluxe burgers. With a soft bread exterior and crusty inside you get a toasted crunchy taste with each bite. Preparation time for Dwight’s Grilled Burgers is around fifteen minutes and this recipe makes one grilled burger.

Dwight’s Grilled Burgers

2 slices of bread or hamburger bun
1 hamburger
garlic salt & pepper
1 tb chopped green peppers
1 slice of pepper jack cheese
1 tb margarine

Get the grill hot and wait until the fire dies down. Sprinkle garlic salt and pepper on the hamburger and place on the hot grill. Lightly brown the bottom and flip over. Place peppers and then the cheese on the hamburger. Butter the bread and place the buttered side down on the hot grill. Shut the grill until the bread is lightly toasted and the cheese is melted. Place the toasted sides against the grilled hamburger. Add lettuce, sliced tomato, onion, ketchup, and mustard before eating!

Weekly tip: Use hickory or other wood chips to add flavor to your grilled meat!

Dorcas Annette Walker is a published author, columnist, speaker, freelance magazine writer, and photographer from Jamestown, Tennessee. Contact her at: For more recipes check out her Creative Tennessee Mountain Cookin blog at:

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