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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 2 Lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

Meatloaf CheeseburgerFor Day 2, it's a 'Meatloaf' burger for lunch!   I know the burger purists out there might say this isn't really a burger, but let me tell you, it's another dose of YUM!  Three meats = flavor, the breadcrumbs provide a nice little texture crunch because it crisps up on the grill, the ketchup glaze is scrumptious and the mac & cheese topper just kicks things up another notch.  It's comfort food and a burger in one awesome package!

The Meatloaf burger

Ingredients:

  • One pound ground beef
  • One pound ground veal
  • One pound ground bacon
  • Two eggs
  • One packet onion soup mix
  • One heaping Tablespoon yellow mustard (for the loaf)
  • One Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • One Tablespoon steak sauce
  • One Cup bread crumbs
  • One package Macaroni & Cheese (prepared as directed)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • One Tablespoon yellow mustard (for the glaze)
  • One teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ stick of butter
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Hamburger buns

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix all the meats, eggs, mustard, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, Worcestershire and steak sauce together to incorporate.  Form into  patties. Keep chilled until ready to grill.  When your grill is ready to receive, place the patties over the hot spot to get those great grill marks and a good sear. While those burgers are grill'n, make the mac & cheese per the package instructions.  Flip the burgers after about five minutes and over to the lower heat side of the grill and get ready to put the lid on. Before ‘lidding‘, place the butter and garlic in a grill safe dish to melt down on the low heat side of the grill next to those great smelling meatloaf burgers. Check after about five minutes. While the burgers are finish cooking, mix together the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar and brush it on the burgers.  As that ketchup glaze warms up on top of the patties, by now the garlic butter should be melted.  Apply the melted garlic butter to the hamburger buns and toast.  Assemble the meatloaf burgers and serve, topped with the mac & cheese.

Tip: If you don’t like forming patties by hand, a quick way to get those made is by using a round Tupperware/plastic container type lid and plastic wrap. Invert the lid, line with plastic wrap, then press the ground beef into the lined lid to form a perfectly round patty.

This burger cost only about $2.50 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes, classic, "Idaho," "Meatloaf" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

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A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 1 Dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer 

In a celebration of summer, yours truly is celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

I started things off with a classic cheeseburger for lunch.  What makes my classic different from any other?  It's all in the meat......

So for dinner, I took the Classic burger and kicked things up a notch, adding pork to the meat mixture and including bacon and BBQ sauce in the toppings/condiments.   Here's the recipe:

The Idaho burger
20170622_182441This recipe was ‘developed’ by my three young sons on a summer vacation trip to Idaho. It’s pretty much a classic bacon cheeseburger and BBQ sauce with a spin of mine (adding pork sausage), but my boys really thought they had come up with something new. I wasn’t about to spoil their creativity in their grilling moment of discovery.  

Ingredients: (TIP:  Using two meats in a burger makes for another layer of flavor)

  • One pound ground beef
  • One pound pork sausage
  • One Tablespoon Cookies Flavor Enhancer or if you want to keep it simple, salt and pepper
  • 16 slices of pre-cooked bacon
  • American cheese slices
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • ½ stick of butter
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Hamburger buns

Directions:
In a large bowl, season the ground beef with the Cookies Flavor Enhancer or the salt & pepper and hand mix until the seasoning is incorporated. Add the pork sausage, hand mix again until incorporated into the beef. Form into 8 patties. When your grill is ready to receive, place the patties over the hot spot to get those great grill marks and a good sear. Keep the lid off and watch for any flare ups. When you see red juices flowing to the top of the patties, flip those burgers over to the lower heat side of the grill and get ready to put the lid on. Before ‘lidding‘, place the butter and garlic in a grill safe dish to melt down on the low heat side of the grill next to those great smelling burgers. Check after about five minutes. The garlic butter should be melted and the burgers should be about ready. For well done burgers, wait to see the juices run clear. Apply the cheese, top with two slices of pre-cooked bacon and put the lid on for another minute or until the cheese is melted to your liking. Pull the burgers and let them rest. Apply the melted garlic butter to the hamburger buns and toast. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce. You can either pour it on the burger straight from the bottle, or warm some up in a grill safe dish and spoon some of that mouth-watering deliciousness onto the top bun.

Tip: If you don’t like forming patties by hand, a quick way to get those made is by using a round Tupperware/plastic container type lid and plastic wrap. Invert the lid, line with plastic wrap, then press the ground beef into the lined lid to form a perfectly round patty.

This burger cost only about $1.90 to prepare.  Try spending just that at a fast food restaurant for all that deliciousness!

Stay tuned for more great burger recipes, classic, "Idaho" and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

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A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week - Day 1 Lunch

 Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

The burger, specifically the cheeseburger with all the classic toppings, is perhaps my favorite food.  It's a predictable choice, a typical choice, a go-to food for a lot of bachelors.  I like burgers because they're relatively cheap and easy to prepare and I love to fire up the grill.  Nothing says summer quite like a grilled burger and a cold beer.  The question is, can a guy eat burgers for lunch and dinner for seven days straight and not get bored with it? 

Of course!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly will be celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

I'll be starting things off with a classic cheeseburger for lunch.  What makes my classic different from any other?  It's all in the meat......

20170622_171027(1)So the key to my Classic burger is to include Cookies Flavor Enhancer in the meat.  I like to use an 80/20 grind of ground beef, it's a perfect blend of meat/fat for the grill and mixing in the Cookies Flavor Enhancer gives it the edge when it comes to a depth of flavor when combined with the kiss of smoke from the grill.

And don't stop there, create layers of flavor!  Don't just put a burger on a bun with toppings.  Toast that bun in garlic butter, I ALWAYS have a ramekin on the grill with butter, garlic and many times other flavors mellowing out on the grill.  Minced onion, cayenne pepper, a splash of wine are all good adds! 

"So Mike," you ask....  "How much did this burger cost you to make?"

About $1.50.  Try spending that little for all that deliciousness at a fast food restaurant!

Stay tuned for some great burger recipes, classic and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

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It starts today: A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

The burger, specifically the cheeseburger with all the classic toppings, is perhaps my favorite food.  It's a predictable choice, a typical choice, a go-to food for a lot of bachelors.  I like burgers because they're relatively cheap and easy to prepare and I love to fire up the grill.  Nothing says summer quite like a grilled burger and a cold beer.  The question is, can a guy eat burgers for lunch and dinner for seven days straight and not get bored with it? 

Of course!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly will be celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

I'll be starting things off with a classic cheeseburger for lunch.  What makes my classic different from any other?  It's all in the meat......

Stay tuned for some great burger recipes, classic and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!

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Coming Soon: A Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge - Surviving on burgers for a week

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

The burger, specifically the cheeseburger with all the classic toppings, is perhaps my favorite food.  It's a predictable choice, a typical choice, a go-to food for a lot of bachelors.  I like burgers because they're relatively cheap and easy to prepare and I love to fire up the grill.  Nothing says summer quite like a grilled burger and a cold beer.  The question is, can a guy eat burgers for lunch and dinner for seven days straight and not get bored with it? 

Of course!

In a celebration of summer, yours truly will be celebrating with what is THE iconic food of summer, the burger.  For a week, lunch and dinner will feature some sort of burger, starting off with a classic cheeseburger and then going on an adventure from there.  The adventure will travel through flavors from around the globe, Mexican, Mediterranean, Asian and more!  There will be a variety in spices, toppings and meats!

Stay tuned for some great burger recipes, classic and more, it's the Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge!


Competition BBQ got me all fired up!

 

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Mankato Cookout 2017So I recently participated in my first competition BBQ event as a judge, attending the Mankato Cookout in Mankato, Minnesota on June 11.  I had a blast!  I learned a few things, met some great people and enjoyed some EXCELLENT BBQ!  All the other judges at my table told me some great stories and offered up some smart tips and wise advice.  I can't wait until my next BBQ event!

As I left Mankato and all those great aromas, I couldn't get BBQ out of my head!  What a problem to have, right?  So what did I do almost first thing when I got home?  I fired up the grill, of course!

Now I don't yet own a smoker, but cooking low and slow on a grill is still very 'do-able.'  Anything you can do using a smoker, you can do on a grill.  It takes a little effort and a lot of coal adjusting, but it's very 'do-able.'

When I grill, I like to grill a large volume of meats, taking advantage of all that heat, I let no hot coal go to waste!  I grill up lunches and dinners for the coming week with some leftovers for the freezer.  Here's the menu:

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Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 7, dinner

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

20170528_210532Can you eat for a week on just $50?

Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

Day 7, last day of the challenge, dinner:  It's the last meal of the challenge, do I treat myself or do I stay on the under budget track?  How about both?    How does slow smoked meatloaf glazed with a spicy BBQ sauce sound?  Both treating myself and staying on the conservative path in meal spending, I created a meatloaf for the grill.  The recipe has three meats, ground beef, pork sausage, ground veal...  It's mixed with onion soup mix, red chili flakes, some cayenne pepper, dry yellow mustard, black pepper, seasoning salt, garlic powder, Worcestershire, Louisiana Hot Sauce, along with 3 eggs and some bread crumbs soaked in whole milk.  I smoked the loaf in a cast iron skillet for about two hours.  For the last 10 minutes of cooking time, I hit the loaf with a BBQ glaze.  It was delightful and just look at that smoke ring of flavor pictured below!  And while this meatloaf cost about $11 to prepare, a couple thick slices - OK three slices - for dinner came in under the per meal guideline of $2.38.    It was another dose of YUM and a great way to end the challenge!  During the course of the week I ate on a budget, but ate well, consuming a variety of foods.  I cooked, ate restaurant food, enjoyed a variety of dishes and was also able to put some leftovers in the freezer and/or share with friends.   Some folks didn't think I could do this challenge and no, a person can't if their habit is to eat fast food for lunch and/or dinner every day.  But eating inexpensively (and well!) in a combination of cooking your own meals, coupon shopping and taking advantage of grocery store sales is very do-able!

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2.00
Lunch:  $2.65
Dinner:  $2.38

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $6.90
Day 3:  $6.55
Day 4:  $4.21
Day 5:  $6.90
Day 6:  $6.47
Day 7:  $7.03

Grand Total:  $45.31, that's $4.67 under budget and no Ramen in sight!

Need some meal ideas?  Go to the Bachelor on the Cheap You Tube Channel


Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 7, lunch

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

Can you eat for a week on just $50?

Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

20170527_192149Day 7, last day of the challenge, lunch:  With some leftover grilled chicken in the fridge, I decided to go Buffalo......  I reheated the chicken by simmering it in some Buffalo sauce... butter, Lousiana Hot Sauce, a little smoked paprika, a dash a vinegar.....  I toasted a bun, melted a slice of American cheese on the chicken and topped it with some Ranch dressing.  On the side I had a Southwest salad.  It was a fantastic lunch and only cost me about $2.65 to prepare.  TIP:  Leftovers are delicious!  And if their present form doesn't thrill you, re-purpose them!  That's what I did with this lunch.  That leftover TexMex grilled chicken paired well with the Buffalo sauce, creating some great flavor!

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2.00
Lunch:  $2.65

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $6.90
Day 3:  $6.55
Day 4:  $4.21
Day 5:  $6.90
Day 6:  $6.47
Day 7:  $4.65 (breakfast & lunch)

Grand Total:  $42.93 so far and comfortably under budget!   One more meal to go and there's no Ramen in sight!

Need some meal ideas?  Go to the Bachelor on the Cheap You Tube Channel


Bachelor on the Cheap Challenge: $50 to eat for a week, Day 7, breakfast

Mike Thayer 2016 (2) By Mike Thayer

Can you eat for a week on just $50?

Breaking it down by the day, that's about $7.14 per day or $2.38 per meal.

20170528_074218Day 7, last day of the challenge, breakfast:  So on the last day of this challenge I whipped up a couple of breakfast burritos at home.  Breakfast burritos are so easy to put together and the best thing about it, pretty much anything goes.  Whatever you have on hand will work as long as it's a combination of meat, cheese, eggs and bread.  For mine this morning I sauted some chopped onion in olive oil, threw in some red pepper flake, salt and pepper and let those flavors marry a bit.  Then I threw in some heavy cream to let that get happy with the seasonings.  Then I tossed in some leftover meat (whatever you have on hand works), roughly chopped, and let that all simmer for a minute or two.  Then I poured in some lightly scrambled eggs seasoned with seasoning salt and garlic powder and stirred to incorporate.  I served the eggs on two warmed tortillas with melted American cheese.  It was another dose of YUM!   This meal cost me about $2 to prepare and I had all the ingredients on hand, no special trip to the store required.  TIP:  It pays to have a well stocked pantry and fridge.

Meal totals for the day:  

Breakfast:  $2.00

An excellent and DELICIOUS start to the last day of the challenge! 

Cumulative total for the Challenge:

Day 1:  $7.25
Day 2:  $6.90
Day 3:  $6.55
Day 4:  $4.21
Day 5:  $6.90
Day 6:  $6.47
Day 7:  $2.00 (breakfast)

Grand Total:  $40.28 so far and under budget!   Looks like I can eat pretty well for lunch AND dinner and there's no Ramen in sight!

Need some meal ideas?  Go to the Bachelor on the Cheap You Tube Channel