Save-a-Buck-or-Two Burgers

A recent $35 visit (for 2 burgers, fries and iced tea) to our favorite burger joint inspired Vince and me to stay home and cook our own lunch today.

While shopping for a catering gig this morning, I added a package of pre-made hamburgers, fresh buns, lettuce and a tomato to my order. Vince happily put the burgers on the grill at noon. They were ready to eat in about 15 minutes. Too easy! And, we have 2 burgers leftover to reheat for lunch tomorrow. I figure our lunches for both days with potato chips and milk was a grand total of $15. 

We have no plans to stop visiting our favorite burger restaurant altogether but cooking our own burgers every once in a while is going to become a standard practice. They were hot, fast and delicious! It took less time to cook lunch and clean up the dishes than it would have just to drive out to a restaurant — or even a fast food chain. Try it! You’ll be glad you did!


Easy Burgers on the Grill

4 burgers, (beef, turkey or chicken) pre-made from your local butcher

Salt and pepper, to taste

½ package hamburger buns, from your local deli

Dijon mustard or mayonnaise

Romaine lettuce, torn

Tomato, sliced

2 slices cooked bacon, optional

Season burgers, to taste, with salt and pepper. Grill burgers over medium heat until cooked to desired level of doneness. Serve hot burgers on a bun with mustard or mayonnaise, fresh lettuce, bacon and a slice or two of tomato. Serves 4.

Debbi Covington is a chef, caterer, cookbook author and food columnist from Beaufort, SC. She has written two cookbooks, Celebrate Everything! and Dining Under the Carolina Moon. Debbi writes the food column “Everyday Gourmet” in Beaufort’s Lowcountry Weekly newspaper and is a partner/food columnist with DIY Wedding Magazine. Debbi has been featured as a “Master of Entertaining” in Southern Living magazine and her recipes have been published in multiple cookbooks including Southern Living’s Best Kept Secrets of the South’s Best Cooks and The Best of The Best of South Carolina. Her food has been photographed for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. She has been voted “Best Caterer” in Beaufort, SC since 2010. Debbi has a passion for cuisine and delights in creating seasonal and locally inspired menus.