How to Plan for Grilled Leftovers

When you are planning a mass meat grill, check your grocery store’s meat counter for a marked down section in addition to the weekly specials.

Steak and hamburgers being smoked on a grill.Do you just love grilled foods?

Hamburgers, steaks, beef tongue, and hotdogs are  some meats that are great on the grill and even better as leftovers.

Soooo, why not plan ahead for leftovers? You are firing up the grill anyway, go ahead and maximize your effort and cook a bunch of meat at once. It can be all the same or a variety — doesn’t matter. What matters is that you will have some main dish meal parts cooked ahead which is a time saver for you and a flavor treat as well.

When you are planning a mass meat grill, check your grocery store’s meat counter for a marked down section in addition to the weekly specials. This can save you some money. Once all your meat is grilled, you can keep some leftovers in the fridge to eat on for several days and freeze the rest in meal size portions. You decide what portions work best. Do you pack lunches? Ok, freeze some grilled meat lunches — yuuum. Imagine the great aroma in the breakroom when you microwave your “leftover” lunch.

An easy way to add some vegetables to your meal is by putting them in your hamburgers. Remember, my husband Pete guy cooks. So, when you read his recipe, put in the amounts you like in your hamburger mixture.

Pete’s Hamburger Patties

Put the hamburger in a bowl. Add the freeze dried ingredients (dry) and the steak sauce to the hamburger. You decide the amounts of burger to dried ingredients. Mix it all together by hand. Make sure there is enough burger in the mixture so it will patty. The vegetables are reconstituted with the juices of the meat. Grill the hamburgers and enjoy!Steak and hamburgers being smoked on a grill with a bit of smoke rising.

We like the nutrition and convenience of using freeze dried foods. No chopping vegetables — just open the can and they are ready to use. They can be reconstituted, added to recipes dry, or even snacked on “as is.” You can check out Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods at our website: CanoeCountryFood.ThriveLife.com. Be sure to let us know what questions you have.

Did you notice that I mentioned grilled beef tongue above? Have you ever had it? Grilled beef tongue IS NOT the same as boiled beef tongue for those of you thinking “yuck.” We’ll be sharing more about grilled beef tongue sometime this summer. Do you have a favorite food you like to grill? Please share in the comments section.

Big Mouth Burger Company

All of the food was delicious. We both thought our burger buns were worth going off the carb wagon for.

Small mouth burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and onion rings.Big Mouth Burger Company

 

124 Planters St, Emory, Texas

Driving through Emory, Texas we noticed this burger joint across the town square and made a mental note to try it sometime. It just looked interesting and we’re always up for a good burger.

Venue: A casual, small town burger joint with a fun décor.Storefront for Big Mouth Burger Company

Atmosphere: You’re welcomed when noticed and you can sit at any of the 12 tables. Not sure  if all of them were named, but we sat at the “Poker Table.” I did notice there was a Liar’s Table.”Poker Table sign on wall over our table. Ketchup, straws, napkins, salt, pepper, sweeteners also on table.

 

Food Fare: The menu had a lot of great looking choices. When asked what was good, our waitress replied, “All of it.” She did specifically recommend the Wild Wild West hamburger. It had a jalapeño bun and Pete enjoyed it. Wild Wild West burger with French fries I had a small mouth burger with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo. The bacon I added was a smart decision. Also, I opted for onion rings. All of the food was delicious. We both thought our burger buns were worth going off the carb wagon for. The french fries were seasoned and crunchy with a softer inner potato texture. They were good but would have been better if crispier. We love well done fries. There are a variety of sandwich choices in addition to the burgers as well as salads. There are fried pies for dessert. We split a peach one and it was just the right size to offer a bit of sweet for both of us.

Small mouth burger with onion ringsRecommendations: Look over the menu at all the great choices. There are quite a few that fall in the spicy category, but you can build your Big or Small Mouth Burger to suit. You’ll want to save room for a sugared fried pie or get one to go.

Service: Solid Service. Our tea ran out so Pete took our cups up for a refill. Our waitress apologized after this and did let us know she could get to go cups for us if we wished. It was a busy time with lots of diners. It wasn’t like she was ignoring us. She owned it and still received a tip.

Return Rating: Definitely! Wanna try out a different sandwich.

Burgers, Fish, Soul Food & Friendly

Homey restaurant where the locals eat. Comfort food, friendliness and tasty food await inside.

Cookie’s Place
942 US-84
Teague, TX

Cookie's Place Restaurant exterior

We have a new favorite place to grab a burger in Texas. We’ve enjoyed Whataburger in the past, but when we are near Teague, Texas we plan to stop in at Cookie’s Place.

Venue: Restaurant where the locals eat. A homey atmosphere offering tables as well as a tv if you care to watch. Don’t judge the interior by the exterior. Comfort food and friendliness are inside.

Cookie's Place restaurant interior

Atmosphere: Very relaxed. We were invited to holler if we needed anything.

Menu picture

Food Fare: Burgers, fish, and soul food. If you are in a hurry, ask what is on the food line for a hot, delicious meal. If you have time, order off the menu. We enjoyed the chicken fried steak (off the line), bacon cheese burger and iced tea.

Chicken Fried Steak meal with corn muffin and baked beans

Plated hamburger and crispy fries

Recommendations: Try the buttermilk pie! Piece of buttermilk pie It was a large piece and tasted great. The banana pudding was beyond tasty. My husband, who doesn’t do creamed banana anything, loved it.

Service: Solid service. We were waited on by a young lady, Cookie herself, and her husband. The young lady provided knowledgeable recommendations when asked. French fries were nice and crispy as requested. Cookie brought a pitcher of tea to our table for my husband who is a heavy drinker.

Return Rating: Definitely! Be sure to say hello to Cookie!

Mouthwatering Hamburgers with the Best Crispy Fries

Casual “brick-lined pub” located on a small town main street in Mahomet, IL. Phenomenal chorizo stuffed mushrooms, crispy french fries, and great tasting hamburgers earned a return rating of “definitely!”

An Amazing Eatery–J.T. Walker’s

JT Walkers storefront

401 E. Main Street, Mahomet, IL

Venue: A casual “brick-lined pub” located on a small town main street. Great for a date night or family meal.

Atmosphere: Dining on a Sunday evening this past February afforded us our pick of seats and ease of enjoying our table conversation in the restaurant.  We had 3 adults and one baby in our party.

Food Fare: Everything we had was prepared well and delicious.  Some of the best hamburgers we have ever had.  To date, these burgers rival the Upside Down Burgers at Gronk’s in Superior, WI.  We enjoyed the California Burger, Black Jack Burger, and The House Burger.  My side of french fries are some of the best I have had – cooked crispy as requested!  My husband commented that the coleslaw was exceptional.  The side salad with the other burger was enjoyed as well.  The only food complaint was the minimal sauce on the House Burger.

Recommendation: Definitely try the Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms – they were phenomenal!

Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed Mushrooms

Service: Our waitress did her job well, but there was a disconnect between her and the staff delivering our food.  We had to ask again for our lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onions that were requested when we ordered the hamburgers.  Also, it would have been nice to receive appetizer plates with the stuffed mushrooms rather than sharing the serving platter to eat from.  When additional sauce for the House Burger was requested, our waitress brought mayonnaise rather than the specific chipotle sauce.  This was disappointing.  Extra lemons were requested for the baby in our party and promptly delivered to our table.

Return Rating: Definitely—the food was that amazing despite the few glitches in service.

California Burger
California Burger
House Burger
House Burger