June 30

Burgers and Fries on the Meadow Creek PG25


The new Meadow Creek PG25 patio grill brings class and simplicity to back porch charcoal cooking. This small charcoal patio grill is the perfect solution for cooking up a few burgers or steaks for the family.

Recently I grilled a batch of burgers and curly fries on the PG25, so I thought I’d share some photos from that cook as well as my recipe for hand-mixed meatloaf style burgers.

First, mix together the following ingredients in a medium size bowl.

Burger Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • Chopped onion (2 slices)
  • 8 Ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Add 1 pound of ground beef and form it into patties. I like mine on the large side; if my memory serves me right, I used the 1/2 cup measuring cup to divide these. We used 2 pounds of beef and made 10 burgers.

If you’re gluten free like me, you can replace the crackers with about 1/3 cup uncontaminated quick oats.

I like to substitute the salt and pepper for a barbecue dry rub, such as Meadow Creek Brisket Rub. Since it’s not very salty, a tablespoon or so should do.

Arrange the patties on wax paper in a pizza pan. Set them in the freezer for a few minutes while you fire the grill.

Here is the Meadow Creek PG25 Grill. It stands about 40″ tall.

The optional shelves are 10-3/4″ x 15″ and very handy for holding utensils and pans. The only reason the grill comes standard without shelves is to keep the retail price down for those that are looking for an entry-level charcoal grill on a “box store” budget, but the shelves certainly add a lot of value if you can fit it into your budget.

The lid and the body of the grill each have a vent in each end for controlling the draft.

As you can see, there isn’t much to the PG25 except Meadow Creek quality and class.

For this cook, I fired it with Royal Oak lump charcoal using my propane torch.

The PG25 comes with a charcoal pan that can be lifted out for each cleaning or raised to bring the heat closer to the grate for searing steaks. You can also put the charcoal under the grate for indirect cooking to smoke meats, such as ribs or whole chickens, which makes it quite versatile.

Here the charcoal is lit and almost ready to even out and start cooking.

The PG25 comes with a stainless steel grate just like all Meadow Creek cookers. The cooking grate is 13″ x 22″.

We cooked the fries in a perforated pan. I just purchased them at my local grocery store, already seasoned.

Here the burgers are starting to cook.

Everything’s looking really yummy here.

An amazing meal of grilled burger and curly fries with a glass of iced mint tea.

Simple pleasures of a delicious life!

We topped off the meal with s’mores while the coals were still hot.

If you’re looking to add a small heavy duty charcoal grill to your patio or deck, click the link below for suggested retail pricing on the PG25 Patio Grill and request a quote from your local Meadow Creek dealer. It’s a sweet little grill, made to last a lifetime.

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If you enjoyed this post and would like to see more like it, leave a comment below with your suggestions for future articles or any questions you might have about the PG25.

Sizzling regards,

Lavern Gingerich


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  1. I liked your idea of cooking burgers with an egg. My wife and I are wanting to start cooking for our family more often. I’ll tell her that we should utilize eggs with our burgers.

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