Whiskey Burgers & Zesty Potato Salad

The other day my parents told me a friend of the family’s kid was reading my website. My first thought was cool. My second thought was, damn, do I curse too much? (Not possible, I am way more filtered on here than in the real world, snugglier too). I’m always shocked to find that people I know read a food blog.  Not because normal people don’t fill their Friday evenings with 32 tabs opened from Foodgawker or pages from Cook’s Illustrated planning next weeks menu, but because I am not sure what interest one would have in it unless you were, well, a foodie?

Recently, I saw a comment on some forum about who ‘we’ (food bloggers) write for. Was it for the main stream or was it for other food bloggers. It made me wonder about my voice on here. Who am I writing for? I think my answer is both. I’d love to know that a mom hunting for a good dinner just happened upon my site while busy at work and that other food bloggers also enjoy my rants before the recipes. I am painfully aware that 99% of the clicks on this page aren’t even people reading. Just people cruising by checking out the food photos.

So for those of you who do read – why? What brings you back?

And for those of you who really do love me, I bet you panicked or thought something was terribly wrong on Monday when the grill marks were diced into a salad. Don’t worry, I wasn’t holding out on you. This meat maven can’t let her reputation slide.

Whiskey Burgers

Whiskey Burgers


  • 2/3 cup finely chopped scallions, plus 1/3 cup
  • 1/3 cup whiskey, plus 2 tbs
  • 1/4 dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce, plus 1 1/2 teas
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teas seasoning salt
  • 1/4 teas crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teas freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 lbs ground pork
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Lettuce, onion, tomato for topping
  • Hamburger buns
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce


In a large bowl combine 2/3 cup green onion, 1/3 cup whiskey, bread crumbs, 2 tbs Worcestershire, melted butter, 2 minced garlic cloves, seasoning salt, red pepper flakes, and ground pepper in a bowl with the ground beef and pork. Shake into 16 1/2? thick patties.

Make the cheddar-whiskey filling: In a food processor combine the cheddar cheese, 1/3 cup green onions, 2 tbs whiskey, 1 1/2 teas Worcestershire, and 2 minced garlic cloves. Pulse until nearly smooth.

Place 1 tbs of the cheddar filling in the center of 8 patties. Top with the remaining patties and pinch together the sides.

Preheat grill to medium heat. Place patties on grill, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Flip each patty, cover and cook an additional 5 minutes. Open grill and top each burger with the remaining cheese mixture (I just used slices), cover and continue to cook for 5 minutes more.

Spread barbecue sauce over buns, layer on a burger and desired toppings and serve.

Adapted From

BHG Special Interest Publication: Tailgating


Zesty Potato Salad

Zesty Potato Salad


  • 2 1/2 lbs small red bliss potatoes, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade mayo
  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard


Place the potatoes and garlic in a large stock pot. Don’t worry about the garlic, you’ll be getting rid of it later. Fill pot with water 2 inches above the potatoes and salt the water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and summer, about 10 minutes, until fork tender.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Cook bacon, stirring occasionally, until brown and crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat, and stir in the onion, celery, and vinegar. Season with salt to taste.

Drain the potatoes and transfer them to a large bowl, throw away the garlic. Add the bacon mixture to the hot potatoes and toss. Gently fold in the mayo and mustard. Refrigerate until cold and serve.

Adapted From

Food Network Magazine Sept 2010




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  1. says

    There are many different reasons I read food blogs. I keep coming back to yours because I like the kind of food you make, but more importantly, I like the way you write. You entertain in your own voice instead of picking up the blogger-voice-du-jour. Nice photos are great, but a dime a dozen these days. Good writing and fantastic food; that combination draws me in every time.

    I love the sound of this burger. I can’t believe all the ingredients that go into the burger as well as into the burger. I so love grilling season. :)

  2. says

    Hmm, I think I read because I can tell you take your food and your blogging seriously. From the photography to the recipes they are always awesome and while I might not comment as much as I could I still check in through FB and Twitter…but I’m not a weird stalker, just another strange foodie :)

  3. says

    I don’t know that I write for anyone in particular, but I too would love it if someone were searching for something on Google and I just happen to fulfill their need. These burgers and potato salad could definitely fill my need.

  4. says

    I read food blogs because not only do I love food, but I love the story behind the food. I love to know why someone chooses that particular recipe and what foods bring back memories of friends and family. I’m not always sure who I am writing for – sometimes the reader, often the food blogger, and sometimes just for myself. But whether I am reading or writing, I want one of those burgers on the plate in front of me!!

  5. says

    This is quite the all-American manly dish, hehe. I imagine I could use this so a guy could appreciate my cooking skills.

    I don’t know who I’m writing for either, my blog tends to be bits of personal essay framed around a food post. Maybe because I’m too lazy to have a personal blog AND a food blog? Who knows…

  6. says

    Of course, I am part of that mom group who hunt for amazing recipes that are quick and practical to prepare…More than that, I read food blogs to get connected. I love to know i am not alone in my household battles, that one way or another, there is also another mom at the other side of the globe who has the same dilemma. Burdens get lighter, and the world a lot more bearable 😉
    This post is so perfect for summer. When everything we want on the dining table has grill marks (of course, I am exaggerating …LOL)
    The potato salad would not go unnoticed too. Salads are always in during summertime. This is a must try!

    I’d love to share our newest launch with you, I hope you don’t mind? Now that we are getting a new look…Myfudo is moving to a new domain http://www.yumgoggle.com This has been a project we have been working on for almost a year now. We just launched our new gallery submission site, and we are just thrilled.

    We’d be proud to have your work as part of our growing collection to continue to have a larger reach and further inspire all fellow food lovers out there! Please sign up and check us out (it’s free) http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery
    We look forward to seeing your wonderful pictures, as always.

    p.s. We are hosting a Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway to celebrate our new Yumgoggle site, coming soon in our launch post, we hope you’ll participate =)

  7. says

    I love dropping by to drool over your latest creations and today I’m featuring this post in Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and it’s always a pleasure following you…

  8. says

    I think I read food blogs, such as yours, just because I like reading blogs. Since you`re a fellow foodie, I enjoy reading about other people’s thoughts and lives with the addition of food related topics. I feel like it’s almost human nature to just want to know about others. Ahah.

    PLUS, I love reading recipes. Dunno why, but I think most people here would agree!

    & these burgers are fabulous. I love the whiskey burgers from red robin, so i feel like these would just be equally amazing.

  9. says

    i read this post a little while back, and while checking out your eclair post, i remembered that i meant to come back to this post to leave a comment! i read your blog because the personality that comes through on your blog is a cooler version of who i wish i was : ) you seem real and honest. your recipes are accessible, look delicious, and are the kind that my family likes. sure i have a blog too now (who doesn’t nowadays) but i was a blog reader first. always a challenge to figure out what to put on the dinner table! thanks for doing this. i always enjoy reading your posts.

  10. Debra says

    I came across you through the dailybuzz Food August 7- TOP 9: A Better Burger and let me tell you if that is an example of what you are cooking, I wanna come back! 😀


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