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The Grillmaster Johnny Marinade @johnnymarinade He’s 6’ of grilling genius. His favorite rivalry is charcoal vs. propane. Just don’t ask Johnny what’s in his marinade, that’s a secret even his wife isn’t privy to. This "grill master" loves to cook and feed his guests nothing but BBQ nirvana. Johnny’s here to tantalize your taste buds.

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Classic Beef Cheeseburgerssource: Tailgater Monthly


  • -1 pound ground beef
  • -1 1/2 teaspoons steak seasoning blend
  • -4 hamburger buns (split)
  • -4 slices cheese (Cheddar, American, Swiss, etc.)
  • -4 lettuce leaves
  • -4 tomato slices
  • -Toppings (ketchup, mustard, onion slices, pickles, etc.)


Combine ground beef and steak seasoning in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties.

Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill covered for 8-10 minutes (or 7-9 minutes over medium heat on preheated gas grill), turning occasionally until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160°

About 2 minutes before burgers are done, place buns on grid, cut sides down. Grill until lightly toasted. During last minute of grilling, top each burger with cheese slice.

Line bottoms of buns with lettuce leaf; top with burger and toppings, as desired. Serves 4.

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Ultimate Grill Lighter

This lighter is the one Johnny used to light the grill he cooked his ribs on that won him a blue ribbon at the County Fair in 2003. He’s gone undefeated since.

in the cupboard

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