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Cooking Connections Class: Firing Up the Grill – Italian Style Hamburger Recipe

Grilling season is upon us and it’s time to work on your grilling techniques.  Come join us on The Motherhood as we host another great Cooking Connections Class featuring celebrity chef George Duran.  He will be demonstrating grilling techniques LIVE from his backyard as we text chat.

Firing Up the Grill: New Recipes, Flavors and Ingredients

What: A virtual cooking school class called Firing Up the Grill: New Recipes, Flavors and Ingredients to Kick-Start Barbeque Season. The class is part of the Cooking Connections series on The Motherhood.  You can check out great easy grilling recipes ahead of time on recipe website Ready Set Eat here: http://bit.ly/HFrVLH

When: Thursday, April 5, at 1 p.m. ET.  It will last 30 minutes.

Where: TheMotherhood – here is the link to the page where the class will be held: http://bit.ly/HGCDPf

About the class: It’s been a warm spring, giving us a head start on grilling season! Join celebrity chef George Duran, coming to us via live video feed from his own backyard, as he shares his top grilling techniques and new flavor twists on old favorites.

Giveaway! We are also giving away two summer grilling gift baskets for class participation – don’t miss out!  There are TWO methods of entry if you’d like to get involved:

1) post your own idea for a hot dog or hamburger recipe in the text chat on this page: http://bit.ly/HGCDPf. You must use one of these required ingredients in your recipe: Hebrew National, Ro*Tel, Hunt’s Ketchup, Hunt’s Canned Tomatoes, Gulden’s Mustard or Wolf Chili.

2) go to ReadySetEat.com ( http://bit.ly/HFrVLH ), pick a recipe you’d like to try the next time you grill or host a barbecue, and post the name of the recipe in the text chat on this page: http://bit.ly/HGCDPf

The class is sponsored by ReadySetEat.com and ConAgra Foods, and it is hosted by TheMotherhood.  I’ll be there with nine other bloggers to co-host the class, and I hope you’ll join us:

Amy, Cajun Inspired Living, http://amybayliss.com/
Caryn, Rockin’ Mama, http://rockinmama.net/
Faith, An Edible Mosaic, http://www.anediblemosaic.com/
Jennifer, Mom Spotted, http://momspotted.com/
Kate, Stolen Moments Cooking, http://stolenmomentscooking.com/
Kelly, Kansas City Mamas, http://www.kansascitymamas.com/
Lisa, Life with Lisa, http://www.lifewithlisa.com/
Monet, Anecdotes and Apple Cores, http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com
Vanessa, The Sew*er, The Caker, The Copycat-Maker, http://sewcakemake.blogspot.com/
Victoria, Veep Veep, http://www.veepveep.com/

Italian Style Hamburgers


  • 1 1/2 lbs. of ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1 T. parsley
  • 1 t. thyme
  • Glaze:
  • 1/4 c. Hunt’s Ketchup
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 t. Gulden’s Mustard


In a small bowl, stir together remaining glaze ingredients until blended. Mix all the main ingredients and make into patties.  Grill until the first side is done.  Flip.  Top with glaze and cook until done.

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by ConAgra Foods through The Motherhood.  I was compensated for my participation in this discussion.  Opinions are my own.


  1. Mary Ambrosino says:

    Sounds like a baby meatloaf. Yum..

  2. I want that bad-ass grill!

  3. Kelly M. Winston says:

    We’re entering grilling season and for many, hamburgers and hot dogs are staple foods, because they’re easy to prepare and typically enjoyed by most

  4. I thought the ketchup mustard glaze was interesting. Sounds like a meatloaf, but I am thinking they are hambergers to go on buns.

  5. I love how you said it will make them look sexy. Even though your article didn’t include stuffing the burgers with cheese, it was exactly what I had in mind! I was looking for a recipe that used egg and bread crumbs, but couldn’t seem to find one. Thanks!

  6. A very interesting recipe. We recently had a Hamburger grilled with Foie Gras as atopping. I had it at Robert Irvines restaurant here on Hilton Head.


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