One of the best things about Summer is spending time outdoors. Between fun and the sun and all the great food, there is no reason to be stuck inside. I am back with another great post sponsored by Project Envolve, and today I will be sharing tips on how to grill your way to energy savings. I don’t know about you, but the more time I can spend outside of the kitchen, the happier I am.
Our summer has been a bit finicky. One moment it has been beyond hot, the next it is rainy and cold. In any case, I really don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. So I decided I am going to help you to grill your way to energy savings.
Grilling is as old as time. And one of the best ways to bring out the flavor in meats. Here are more great benefits of grilling:
- Grilling is more efficient and uses less energy than using your stove top or oven.
- Minimal cleanup means you’ll use less hot water. You won’t have to run the dishwasher or use hot water to wash pots and pans.
- You’re helping keep the inside of your home cool and comfy by not adding the extra heat from the stove and oven to your house. This is good news for keeping your home cool, whether you use fans or air conditioners.
I live with two teen boys and a husband. And let’s just say, they are carnivores. Particularly hubby and my oldest son. And what represents Summer and grilling? Why a burger, of course! I wanted to get away from the regular burger, and our recent trip to Wildwood gave me the inspiration to create a Surf N’ Turf Burger that will please everyone.
Grill Your Way To Energy Savings:
- Ground hamburger, I used 80/20.
- Old Bay Seasoning.
- Plain Bread crumbs.
- Minced onion.
- Salt & Pepper.
- Packaged lumped crab meat and lobster.(or, if you are ambitious, use the real stuff!)
- Rolls of your choice.
- In a separate bowl, open the crab meat and lobster, and mix together in a bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the hamburger, Old Bay Seasoning, bread crumbs, and onion.
- Mix together, then add salt & pepper. Mix again.
- Optional: Add some of the crab meat and lobster, and mix right into the patties.
- Form hamburger patties. I made them a bit thinner.
- Grill burgers to your desired doneness.
- Warm the seafood mixture for a few minutes on the grill, if you have a grilling pan.
- Place burger on the bun, and top with small amount of tartar sauce.
- Add warmed seafood mixture on top, and serve!
Yum! Don’t you feel like you are at the beach? And you can have that taste year-round. If it’s too cold to grill outside, you can get an electric grill. Being a small appliance, it uses a lot less energy than your stove or oven, and you get all that great grilling flavor.
Here are some great tips to get you started on your grilling.
7 Easy Grilling Tips:
- Preheat your grill 15 to 25 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature. A properly heated grill sears foods on contact and keeps the insides moist.
- Try cleaning last year’s gunk off your grill when it’s hot. After you preheat, use a long-handled wire grill brush on your grill rack to clean off anything that remains from your last meals. Scrape again immediately after use.
- Need to check to see if your meat is done? The best way is to use a thermometer with instant-read functions.
- To reduce flare-ups, select lean cuts of meat, trim excess fat and remove poultry skin. Keep a squirt bottle of water nearby – just in case!
- Let finished meats rest on a clean platter, tented with foil, for about 10 minutes after they cook and before carving so juices can redistribute evenly.
- Always use fresh plates, utensils and cutting boards to prevent raw meat, poultry and fish from contaminating cooked food.
- Don’t sneak a peak! We know it’s tempting, but resist the urge to repeatedly poke, stake or flip your food. Give it time to sear and develop a crust. Turn only when grill marks form.
Still not convinced that you can grill your way to energy savings? Check out this great graphic:
Grilling is not just for burgers or hot dogs anymore. In fact, thanks to some cools tools, you can make everything from breakfast to a snack! How is that for energy efficiency? Some of these tools include(affiliate links):
Now that you have seen these great tools, aren’t you ready to grill your way to energy savings? If you need recipe ideas, be sure to check out PPL’s Taste The Energy Savings posts on The Wire. Or be ready for a little drooling on the Taste The Energy Savings Pinterest board. In any case, get ready to grill your way to energy savings!
*I am a Project Envolve ambassador and receive product and/or compensation for these posts. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own! #Project Envolve #GetEnvolved Be sure to see what my fellow Project Envolve bloggers are grilling up this Summer: