The creative minds at Weber Grills do more than invent outstanding equipment for outdoor cooking endeavors. There are terrific cookbooks from Weber as well, and plenty of recipes on the company website, too. For Super Bowl entertaining, you can't go wrong with a truly great cheeseburger, particularly if you use the recipe found in Weber's Real Grilling by Jamie Purviance (Oxmoor House, $24.95). If you want to access a wide variety of grilling ideas in a hurry, check out the options for grilling trout, steaks, chicken, leg of lamb, rib roast and vegetables at www.weber.com/grillout.
-- June Naylor, Special to the Star-Telegram
Cheeseburger of champions
11/2 pounds ground chuck (80 percent lean)
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1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 thin slices Monterey Jack cheese
4 hamburger buns
4 lettuce leaves
4 tomato slices
1. In a medium bowl, using your hands, gently combine the ground chuck with the ketchup, basil, thyme, salt, Worcestershire, Tabasco and pepper. Gently shape into 4 patties, each about 3/4 inch thick.
2. Grill the patties over direct high heat until medium, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once. During the last minute of grilling, place a slice of cheese on each patty to melt, and grill the hamburger buns, cut side down, until toasted.
3. Assemble the cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato, and ketchup and/or mustard, if desired. Serve warm.