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Grill-Ready Favorites

Load up on charcoal or gas up the grill! The heart of the summer awaits. From grill-ready favorites to the perfect ingredients for your cookout, we’ve got the good stuff for you in our meat case. Here are a few inside tips, on how we can help make the grilling easy on you this season.

Stuffed Burgers

Ready to try something new? My latest favorite grilling adventure is the stuffed burger! You know how you usually have to wait to add delicious toppings after your burgers are cooked? I think waiting is the hardest part when the smell of freshly grilled meat is in the air. Turn those “toppings” into “stuffings” and you eliminate the wait! Plus, it’s just a yummy way to eat them.

If you like mushrooms and onions on your burger, sauté them up and put them inside the raw burger meat. If jalapeño cheddar is your thing, stuff it inside before throwing on the fire. If you don’t have time or desire to prep or fancy up your burger, we’ve got you covered. We have a great selection of ready-to-cook burgers and sliders at the meat counter. Some are stuffed, some are seasoned and some are plain.  Put a spin on the backyard burger, mix and match and send everyone home happy. 

Stuffed burgers will typically be a bit larger and require a little more finesse on the grill. Start with a nice sear and cook the same amount of time as a normal patty, about 4-5 minutes a side for a typical Whole Foods Market half pounder (raw weight). Then, move the stuffed burger off the direct flame and let them continue to cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, perhaps a little longer if you got ambitious with the stuffing.  Always test the internal temperature of your meat for the desired doneness. 

Chicken

The flavor of grilled chicken that’s been seasoned or marinated is fantastic. Yet marinating oftentimes is a commitment that our busy lives just can’t afford, and we want to make that part easier for you. We marinate in these specially designed vacuum tumblers that allow for deep penetration of the marinade into the meat to impart a tremendous amount of flavor in a short amount of time. The right tool for the job!

A favorite at my house are seasoned drumsticks and thighs. I also do a lot of split fryers on the grill or in a smoker. This is a more cost effective way to get my grilled chicken fix.

Butcher Tip: Ask any of our butchers and we will gladly cut whole chickens to your specifications — split, quartered, spatchcocked or boned out, we do it all.

Sausages

These are the simplest of all. Sausages — we call them “grill-warmers” — cook up quickly and are super easy to serve. Dinner on the table in a flash. We offer a wide variety of types of meat (pork, chicken, lamb, bison, etc.) and lots of flavors (mild, spicy, garlic, etc.). Exact offerings vary so check your store’s meat case to see what house-made sausages they have for your cookout. Serve up on their own, in a bun, on a tortilla or slice up as great appetizers.

Hope these ideas get you moving to your grill with a bit more ease. Visit our Grilling Guide for tips and tricks to help make your grilling adventure a success.