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Menu: Zesty hamburgers and Boston baked beans

BY DI ARTS STAFF | FEBRUARY 26, 2009 7:37 AM

With the cold winter weather dragging into March, we’re all becoming anxious for summer. Grilling is synonymous with the hot season, where foods such as burgers, potato salad and baked beans are staple dishes. While Iowa is pretty much guaranteed at least another month of frosty temperatures, whip up these tasty dishes and take your BBQ inside.



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ZESTY BURGERS
What you need:
1 to 1/4 Ibs lean ground beef
1/4 cup onion chopped
3 tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. prepared mustard
1 dash pepper

What to do:
Combine and lightly mix all ingredients. Shape into 4 patties (roughly º inch thick) and grill/broil to desired doneness.

BOSTON BAKED BEANS

What you need:
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. olive oil or butter
3 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 tsp. onion powder
28 oz can Pork and Beans
1/3 BBQ sauce
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tbsp. molasses or maple syrup
1/2 cup ketchup

What to do:

Saute onion and bacon with Ω teaspoon olive oil or butter for about 5 minutes. Combine Pork and Beans, ketchup, BBQ sauce, onion powder and molasses or maple syrup in a large baking dish (4-5 quart) or Crock Pot. Add bacon and onion. Bake uncovered for about 30-35 minutes at 350F or 2 hours in a Crock Pot on high. Stir 2-3 times during baking.

— By Nick Fetty


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