Homemade Charcoal Chimney Starter, Burgers Topped with Cheddar and Coleslaw

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Raleigh Burger - Coleslaw Cheddar on a Kaiser Roll

Raleigh Burger – Coleslaw Cheddar on a Kaiser Roll

There used to be a wonderful coffee-shop in Santa Monica called Nick’s. One day, I went in there and ordered something called a Nick Burger. It had coleslaw and swiss cheese on it. It was so juicy you had to eat it over the plate. It became my favorite burger, and tonight, I decided to recreate it, with a little zip.

I’ve been becoming very brave of late with my Weber. First I started out with Match Light coals because they were pre-soaked, and easy to get started. Then, I graduated to using charcoal fluid and regular coals. Then today, I realized I had run out of fluid, and the corner store was closed. I knew that there are specially made charcoal chimney starters, and I thought I could make one from scratch. It wasn’t difficult at all making a homemade charcoal chimney starter. No more relying on charcoal fluid for me!

How to Make a Homemade Charcoal Chimney Starter

Summary: No more depending on charcoal lighter fluid.

Ingredients

  • 1 large coffee can
  • Newspaper
  • Olive oil
  • Charcoal briquettes

Instructions

  1. On your grill, put the charcoal grate.
  2. Put three briquettes on the grate.
  3. Remove the bottom of the coffee can, and any paper or plastic that might be on it.
  4. Put the coffee can on top of the briquettes so that they act like little legs.
  5. Take the newspaper and roll up individual sheets of paper. About 5 or 6 will do it in a small can, 10 in a large one. The paper should come up about 1/3 of the height of the can. Push the paper down.
  6. Pour some olive oil on the newspaper, about two tablespoons or so.
  7. Pack the briquettes on top of the newspaper, pushing down to fit as many in as possible.
  8. Take some more of the paper, and put it around the perimeter of the can.
  9. Light the outside papers and let them ignite the paper that has the olive oil in the can. Be prepared for a lot of smoking.
  10. The coals should be ready when all the paper has burned and the coals are not smoking anymore.
  11. Carefully remove the can and place it somewhere safe.
  12. Take tongs and distribute the coals accordingly.

Preparation time: 1 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 10 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Coleslaw for the burger

Coleslaw for the Burger

I really like coleslaw, and this one will be going into my Coleslaw Collection. Most coleslaw recipes call for cider vinegar, but I wanted to try something different.

Recipe: Reds Coleslaw

Summary: This is called Reds Coleslaw because of the red wine vinegar and Chipotle powder

Ingredients

  • 1 small head white cabbage
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chipotle powder

Instructions

  1. Shred or chop the coleslaw well. Put the cabbage in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over the cabbage.
  3. Toss so all the cabbage is covered in sauce.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: USA (Southwestern)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 10 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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Raleigh Burger - Coleslaw Cheddar on a Kaiser Roll

Raleigh Burger – Coleslaw Cheddar on a Kaiser Roll

Recipe: Raleigh Burger

Summary: This is a hearty burger, and has all four food groups in one meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground sirloin or lean beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Wheat germ
  • 4 slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Reds Coleslaw
  • 4 Kaiser Rolls, split

Instructions

  1. Mix the beef, onions, Worcestershire sauce and wheat germ together. Make four thick patties out of them. Cover the patties and put the in the refrigerator while the coals are getting hot.
  2. When the coals are hot, put the burgers on the grill. Grill them on one side, about four minutes, then turn. Put the cheese on the cooked side and cover the grill. Let the burgers cook another two minutes.
  3. Take the Kaiser Rolls and put the on the grill, cut side down. Cover the grill and cook them for another minute or so.
  4. Remove the bottoms of the Kaiser Rolls from the grill. Put a hamburger patty on each. Then put the Reds Coleslaw, and the top of the toasted Kaiser Roll.
  5. Serve.

Variations

Swiss cheese is the original from Nicks, and is very good on this kind of burger.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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6 Responses to Homemade Charcoal Chimney Starter, Burgers Topped with Cheddar and Coleslaw

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