Cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and onion with tortilla chips on the side.

Summer Backyard BBQs by Alice Choi

June 23, 2016 – Hey ALDI fans, Alice Choi from Hip Foodie Mom here! Today I’m sharing my favorite summer-time burger and hot dogs. Take a look…

Summer is in full swing and we love it. Everything is a little more relaxed. I let the kids stay up later and we have family movie night like 3 to 4 times a week.Cheeseburger topped with lettuce, onion, and tomato.

As a kid, I loved summertime. I mean, what’s not to love right? No school, and I just hung out with my friends and all the other neighborhood kids all day long. Literally, all day long. Most of the time, we just ran around until dinnertime and would only go back home to run in and grab some food for lunch. We would go explore at this nearby creek and just have fun and splash around. God knows what was in that water but we didn’t care. We were kids.

It was kind of awesome then because we would hang out all day just exploring and playing around and there was no TV watching, no texting, no iPad/iPhone app playing. Just good, clean fun. And sometimes, my friend’s mom would make us cookies and lemonade. And some days, the ice cream truck would come around to our street. We’d hear the music, beg our parents for money and run outside to get some ice cream. Oh man, those were the days.

I remember my parents grilling at night and going to town on burgers, hot dogs and Korean kalbi. This is something I do with my family now. There’s something so perfect and right about backyard BBQ’s in the summer and just kicking back and spending time with my family. Up until last year, I actually didn’t know how to use our grill so I would have to wait for my husband to get home from work so he could grill our burgers and hot dogs and whatever else I had planned for the evening.

Well, not anymore.

Now, I’m no grill master but I can hold my own. And I grilled these homemade burger patties with a homemade aioli sauce from a recipe I snagged from the ALDI website, and hot dogs.Hot dogs cooking on a grill.

As long as we are outside, the sun is out and my kids can run around and play while I’m cooking, everyone is happy. I buy my antibiotic-free meats from ALDI. This gives me peace of mind when I’m grilling up burgers and hot dogs for my family because I know I am cooking quality food and saving money.

SimplyNature Organic 100% Grass Fed Ground Beef from ALDI is 85% lean (which is perfect for making burgers) and comes in a convenient 1 lb. package. It’s free of antibiotics, hormones and steroids. Organic, grass-fed ground beef tends to be higher in healthy fats than conventional ground beef.

ALDI also has great fresh fruits and vegetables, ice cream, chips, pickles and anything else you would need for a summer BBQ. So, make this the best summer ever and get out to your local ALDI to pick up all of your barbecue needs!

Classic Burger Recipe by Alice Choi
For the beef burger patties:Hamburger patties cooking on a grill.
1 lb. SimplyNature Organic 100% Grass Fed Ground Beef
1 cup panko or dried bread crumbs
1 egg
2 tablespoons Friendly Farms Milk + more if needed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Stonemill Essentials Whole Black Pepper Grinder
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Burman’s Ketchup

For the burgers:
6 L’Oven Fresh Burger Buns, toasted if desired
6 slices Happy Farms Cheddar Cheese
Aioli sauce (check out the quick ALDI recipe below)
Burman’s Ketchup
Burman’s Yellow Mustard
Great Gherkins Hamburger Dill Pickle Chips
Tomatoes, sliced
Red onions, peeled and sliced


  • Preheat your grill to high heat.
  • Using a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground beef, panko, egg, milk, salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup. Feel free to use your hands for this but try not to over mix.
  • Divide the meat mixture into balls; you should be able to make at least 6 patties. Flatten the balls into patties and place onto a lined baking sheet to get ready to grill.
  • Grease the grill with non-flammable cooking spray or wipe on some oil. Grill the burger patties and close the lid to the grill, cooking the patties for 2 to 4 minutes on the first side, and then flipping and cooking for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, or until your desired doneness is reached.
  • Remove from the grill and assemble your burgers. Alternatively, you can place the slices of cheese on top of the burgers while still on the grill and close the lid for just a minute or two to melt the cheese. Note: this can get a little messy so be careful.
  • To assemble your burgers, lay the cooked, grilled beef patty onto the bottom bun and immediately top with a slice of cheese if you haven’t done so already.
  • Spread some mayonnaise (or the homemade aioli) onto the top bun and squeeze on some ketchup and mustard if desired. Top the cheese covered beef patty with pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and red onions and cover with the topside bun. Enjoy immediately!

Hot DogsCheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, and onion with tortilla chips on the side.
Parkview Jumbo Franks
L’Oven Fresh 100% Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns, toasted if desired
Burman’s Ketchup
Burman’s Yellow Mustard
Great Gherkins Sweet Relish
Finely diced white onions if desired


  • Preheat your grill to high heat. Grease the grill with non-flammable cooking spray or wipe on some oil. Place the hot dogs onto the grill and cook, for about 4 to 5 minutes, rotating each hot dog so that it cooks evenly.
  • Place hot dogs into buns, top with desired toppings and enjoy while hot!

Aioli Sauce
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

½ cup Burman’s Mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Fusia Sriracha Sauce or Burman’s Hot Sauce
¼ teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons Friendly Farms Sour Cream


  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sriracha, lemon juice and sour cream. Mix well. Serve on top of burgers, hot dogs, or as a dipping sauce for fries!
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