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Dinner This Week: Grilled Hamburgers

This week’s menus include Grilled Hamburgers with Garlic, Chipotles, and Scallions; Grilled Bone-In Chicken Breasts; and Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz for dinner in about an hour.

Published July 16, 2021.

Every week, Executive Food Editor Keith Dresser pairs each main dish with a side to give you a complete, satisfying dinner without the guesswork. Look for the game plan section to learn tips on how to streamline your kitchen work so dinner comes together quicker.

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Dinner 1: Grilled Hamburgers and Boiled Corn

Game Plan: Preheat your grill. While the grill heats, prep the burgers and bring water to a boil for the corn. Place the corn in the water before grilling the burgers.

For moist, juicy Grilled Hamburgers with Garlic, Chipotles, and Scallions with a tender and cohesive texture, we prefer to use 80 percent lean ground chuck. We form the meat into 6-ounce patties with a 1/2-inch depression in the middle to keep the burgers from puffing up when they cook. To produce perfectly crisp, juicy corn every time, we figured out that the ideal doneness range is 150 to 170 degrees. For Foolproof Boiled Corn, we bring a measured amount of water to a boil, shut off the heat, drop in six ears of corn, and let the corn stand for at least 10 minutes. This method brings the corn to the ideal temperature without overcooking. 

Printable Shopping Lists:  Grilled Hamburgers and Boiled Corn

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Dinner 2: Grilled Bone-In Chicken Breasts and Tomato Salad

Game Plan: Start by brining the chicken and salting the tomatoes. After the chicken has brined for 15 minutes, heat your grill. Meanwhile, prep the remaining ingredients for the salad. Grill the chicken, then toss the tomato salad right before serving.

Grilled Bone-in Chicken Breasts feature a nicely charred exterior and moist, seasoned interior. The chicken can be grilled plain or with one of the suggested glazes. For our Tomato Salad with Feta and Cumin-Yogurt Dressing, we salt the tomatoes before mixing them into the salad, which brings out their juices and makes a base for the dressing. Sliced scallions and minced oregano add freshness and a sprinkle of feta cheese adds a salty tang. 

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Glazes for Chicken: Orange-Chipotle GlazeCurry-Yogurt Glaze, or Soy-Ginger Glaze

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Dinner 3: Gazpacho Andaluz and Goat Cheese Garlic Bread

Game Plan: Start by prepping the soup (steps 1 and 2). While the vegetables sit, prep the garlic bread. Bake the bread while you finish the soup.

Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz is a refreshing soup that highlights summer produce. For ideal flavor, make it a day in advance, but it's also fine to eat it right away. If you don’t have white sandwich bread, other types of bread can be substituted: Use about 1 cup of crustless, torn bread pieces. Goat Cheese Garlic Bread calls for a combination of goat cheese and Parmesan, but the Parmesan can be omitted, or another hard grating cheese can be used. A loaf of supermarket Italian bread, which has a soft, thin crust and a fine crumb, works best here.

Printable Shopping Lists: Gazpacho Andaluz and Goat Cheese Garlic Bread

To view more quick weeknight dinner ideas, check out the rest of the Dinner This Week series.


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