Cooking out with the Blond Duck

Posted on March 26th, 2009 in Stories


I love burgers.


I love burgers dripping with barbecue sauce, slathered with mayo, topped with crisp bacon and plenty of cheese.


And it’s even better when you can cook it at home.


Is this not the most beautiful sight in the world?

And Ben wants you to know he made them square like Wendy’s burgers.   There is a method to his madness.

The best part about grilling burgers is that it’s so simple.


Just shape the patties, sprinkle on some seasoning, salt and pepper….


And grill those babies up.


And don’t forget the homemade potato salad.


Or the apple pie.


Ben’s burgers

1 1/2 to 2 lbs. ground beef, extra lean or round  (if extra lean, you may want to slip a small bit of butter in the center of the raw patty to keep it from drying out)



Lawry’s seasoning

Form patties and separate with parchment paper. Grill until it reaches preferred state (med.rare, medium, etc.)

Debbie’s (The Blond Duck’s Mom) Potato Salad

3 hard boiled eggs

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup miracle whip

1/2 cup relish

6 medium potatoes–peeled, cubed, boiled and drained.

3 tblspn yellow mustard

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp onion powder

Paprika (sprinkle on top)

Mix mayo, miracle whip, relish, salt, mustard, onion powder together.  Add potatoes and eggs.  Blend well.  Sprinkle paprika on top.  Refrigerate several hours before serving.

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72 Responses to “Cooking out with the Blond Duck”

  1. Pearl Says:

    Oh dear. My stomach is grumbling right now. Those burgers look great.

    And that PIE! How incredibly fortunate is it that you’re doing pies right now, hm pie? :)

  2. Natashya Says:

    A good, old fashioned, backyard feast! Looks yummy!

  3. Barbara Says:

    The square burgers are a fun idea to do at home. I really do need to buy a new grill soon!

  4. doggybloggy Says:

    let me be the first to say – thats a lot of barbecue sauce!

  5. cindy Says:

    Mmmmmmmmmm, it all looks good!

  6. Kelly Deneen Says:

    Mmmmmm yum! I love to use lots of sauce on my burgers too. :)

  7. Jessica@FoodMayhem Says:

    I love burgers too!! Love might be an understatement.

  8. louise Says:

    I can feel the warmth from here. It is such a gloomy chilly rainy day here in New York. Burgers sure to inspire me to THINK SPRING!!!

    Ben did the square burgers
    Mom did the potato salad
    Miranda eats it all up!!!

  9. Katherine Says:

    Ok, what day did you say you wanted me to come over for Ben’s burgers? I’ll bring the mayo and BBQ sauce because there’s no way you’ll have enough. LOL!!! We’ll eat burgers, cinnamon rolls, apple pie and ribs and Ben can just roll us in the corner until the next feeding time.

  10. dawn (bee and rose) Says:

    I think I could actually eat that for breakfast! Props to you, sister for the apple pie mention!!!

    (Cat is loving your Pie Shop story!)

  11. Marjie Says:

    I knew the pie would be in the burger recipe somewhere! How could it not? Ben sure looks pleased with himself and his burgers. Just wait till you learn to make him whole wheat burger rolls. He will be in heaven!

  12. Marie Says:

    Duckie, that’s a meal made in heaven. Let me just say there’s nothing sexier than a man that cooks! Oh, I popped a little sussie into the mail yesterday and it’s winging it’s way across the big pond to your little pond! I hope you like it! XXOO

  13. Megan Says:

    I have always wondered how Wendy’s could get away with making burgers look that unappetizing – but apparently it’s for Ben! You learn something new every day.

  14. Legallyblondemel Says:

    YUM. I’d skip the mayo myself, but otherwise – delicious. And like Marie said, a man that cooks? The best!

  15. Kristina Says:

    I LOVE burgers. And those look heavenly!

  16. elra Says:

    I am not a burger person, Sometimes once in a while I also want to have a taste, especially if the burger look as delicious as yours.

  17. Rachel (S[d]OC) Says:

    I love a great burger too, particularly one so well-dressed (did someone say BACON?) Bugers, pie, potato salad. How do you keep that gorgeous figure of yours?

  18. Cheryl Says:

    Thats a good looking meal and I love the square patties, too cute!

  19. Chad in the AZ Desert Says:

    Ok, now you are reallllly making me hungry!

  20. Abra Says:


  21. Jane Says:

    Food glorious food, now I am drooling (sung out of tune)Oh and I’m so hungry now. Jane x

  22. Laurie Says:

    That looks so yummy, I can eat it for breakfast!

  23. Kelly Says:

    You write recipe directions better than me :P

  24. KathyB! Says:

    This is just like summer! I can taste the burgers and feel the warm air wrapped around me. *sigh*

  25. Ally Says:

    I’m hungry. I may be getting myself a burger for lunch. I bought steaks at the store, but, we’re out of charcoal. Sad times at my house.

  26. strugglingwriter Says:

    Thanks! Now I want a burgher!


  27. Jennifer Says:

    Those hambugers look way too yummy!!

  28. Tammy Says:

    I just stopped by to visit your site. You hit roll call right before me at the SITS site and I like meeting new people so I try to check out whoever commented before me. Great site you have here and those burgers look yummy…..and messy at the same time.

  29. a thorn among roses Says:

    you are killing me here. now i need that food. great….ok, i’m coming over.

  30. Cathy Says:

    Nope, it really doesn’t get better than this. Love the square burgers, too! And of course, the pie.

  31. Sandra Says:

    That is a lot of BBQ sauce. But oh….looks so yummy.
    Have a good day.

  32. Tammy Says:


  33. April Says:

    I love it when the weather turns warm, and it’s time to bring out the grills! Your burgers look delish!

  34. Reeni Says:

    Where’s the Beef? Just like Wendy’s but a 100 times tastier, I’m sure. I love BBQ sauce and mayo on mine too, we must be soul sisters!

  35. Janna Says:

    I now DESPERATELY want a burger for dinner!

  36. parenting BY dummies Says:

    Looks so freakin’ scrumdidiliocious! And, also quite jealous that you live somewhere that is warm, and sunny, and awesome. Can’t wait for BBQ season cuz hubby refuses to fire it up in the cold.

  37. Diana Says:

    Oh man — you really want me to eat a cheeseburger, don’t you??

    Is that the snickerdoodle apple pie I spy?

  38. Swirl Girl Says:

    I’m all about the burger…but I prefer without BBq sauce. Ooey, gooey cheese pleeeze.

  39. Julie Says:

    I love how the burgers are square! Wow, that pic is making me hungry.

  40. That.Girl Says:

    MMM. I know what we’re having for dinner tonight!!!

  41. Heather Says:

    Oooh, Looks YUMMMY!! I so just ate but I’m totally feeling the all-American burger and potato salad meal.

  42. Donna Says:

    OH, what a nice pleasant spring-like meal.. I am sooo aching for BBQ season!!

  43. Heather Says:

    hah! i love that he makes them square. that cracks me up :D and that potato salad looks super yum!!

  44. Kira Says:

    oh yum! i cant wait for us to start grilling again! My hubby still has our grill stored in the garage! MMM The burgers look very tasty! So does the home made tato salad!

  45. Sara Says:

    Now THAT looks like the ultimate burger!

  46. Pumpkin Says:

    Yum, yum, yum! How ’bout you and Ben come over to our place? Kyle and Ben can grill the burgers, you can make the potato salad, and I’ll bake the pies! It’ll be the best!

  47. Stacie Says:

    Oh Holy Cow!!! That looks amazing!! I’m sitting here pondering what I should make for breakfast and now I think I might as well chew on some cardboard because nothing will taste as good as that pie looks. I suddenly have a craving for cooked out burgers and potato salad. Wonder if hubby will mind standing outside in the blizzard to do that for me? Hmmm…I think I’d better not ask! :D

  48. Kara-Noel Says:

    Just got a BBQ so I’ll be making this funness!
    We didn’t actually “make” the crayon… we “remade” all the broken ones in to another shape :)

  49. Pietro Says:

    It’s a good job I’ve just had dinner! :-)

  50. perpstu Says:

    Wow. I almost licked the screen. I’m hungry now! Those burgers look delicious!

  51. Michelle Says:

    Oh yum!! Ben looks so happy with that. LOL

  52. Amber Says:

    Ack! STOP! Now I’m starving.

    Okay, you’ve convinced me. I’m making burgers for dinner! Only, mine are going on the Foreman Grill.

    We don’t have any pie though. I’m sad about that.

  53. Cakelaw Says:

    LOL – I love how much you adore your meat! And Ben is a terrific chef.

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  55. debbie Says:

    I had this same menu two nights ago! Yum.

  56. Live.Love.Eat Says:

    I am not a huge burger gal but those look scrumptious and juicy! And I do love the square shape!!!!!! NICE!

  57. megan Says:

    Square burgers, how fun. I’m doing that next time just to see what the family says! hehe That piece of pie caught my eye. It looks really yummy.

  58. Teri Says:

    Delicious! I think I need a snack….

  59. Brittany Says:


    I am drooling! :)

  60. Megan Says:

    Mmmmmm Fantabulous!! Gimme Gimme Gimme! (all manners have gone out the window. I’m hungry!)

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