I love the smell of a camp fire! Recently some family members grilled a meal over the open flame and I loved the smells and tastes. So I captured part of that meal with this recipe. I used the bottom half of my smoker for the wood fire, but you could really do this anywhere, such as: firepit, campfire or a charcoal grill. It takes a little bit of time, but I love having everyone hang out with me as I cook.
- 1 Pound Ground Turkey meat 85/15
- 1 Tablespoon Lawry's seasoning salt
- 4 slices American Cheese
- 5 Pound bag of Apple wood chunks
- 1 Pound Charcoal
- 4 Buns
Prep for Grilling:
- Start by getting the grill or smoker ready. If you’re using a smoker, the grate is usually a little higher than a grill, so you’ll need to add a little more wood than a normal grill.
- Arrange the wood in a bundle, in the middle of the grill. By doing this, you're focusing all the heat to the center of the grate. So when cooking, remember that.
- I like to get the wood burning by using a small amount of charcoal. So, in a charcoal stack, start 1 pound of charcoal burning. Once they’re white and hot, fill the center of the wood bundle with the charcoal.
- Let the wood burn until the you have embers which are burning hot. There should not be smoke or flames at this point.
For the Burgers:
- Make the patties and sprinkle them on both sides with the seasoning salt.
- Put the grate over the wood fire and let sit for a minute.
- Put your first burger down. It should sizzle like a normal grill. If not, pull it off quickly, and build up your fire a little higher.
- By putting the wood pile in the center, that's where the heat is. If you want good grill marks, put the burgers in the center and cook for a couple minutes, and then move to the outer area.
- Flip the burgers after 5 minutes, and then cook another 5.
- Serve with your favorite condiments