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Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries & Shakes

I bought my first grill last year and although I've learned how to get the coals going, I'm ashamed to say I haven't actually grilled anything myself.

That's all going to change, and I'm going to use Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries & Shakes to help me get over my grilling jitters. My plan is to master grilling one thing this year, and it's going to be the burger!  Making the same burger over and over again might lose its appeal though, and that's where Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries & Shakes offers real inspiration. I can grill until January and never make the same burger twice!

Flay's burgers range from the elegantly simple "Garlic Butter Burger" (using just butter, garlic, shallots, herbs and pepper) to the Cuban inspired "Miami Burger" (a take on the classic Cuban sandwich with swiss cheese, ham and pickles) to the "Oaxacan Burger" (dressed with a homemade mole sauce which includes chile powder, chocolate and maple syrup). It might be a good idea to give the arteries a break with the "Salmon Burger with Honey Mustard-Dill Sauce" or the "Tuna Burger with Pineapple-Mustard Glase and Green Chile-Pickle Relish." Speaking of being health conscious, each red meat burger recipe states that you can use 90 percent lean ground turkey as an alternative.

It's going to be hard to choose which one to make first!
Maybe the "Crunchburger (AKA The Signature Burger)," which is topped with potato chips and is the house burger at Flay's "Bobby's Burger Palace."

Flay also includes chapters on "French Fries, Potato Chips, and Onion Rings," "Condiments and Seasonings," and "Milkshakes."

I doubt that I'll use the section on fries, but maybe ... the "Sweet Potato Fries" and "Beer-Battered Onion Rings" sound awfully good!

It would be easy to forget condiments, but homemade "Barbecue Sauce"  or "Horseradish Mustard Mayonnaise" might just be the thing that makes a good burger great.

Last, but not least, is the "Milkshake" chapter. I think I put on 5 pounds just looking at the pictures. "Peanut Butter-Banana-Marshmallow Milkshake?" Yes, please!

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