Graduation Time!

Author: Nathan Shelton
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Everyone knows that May can be quite a hectic month for parties and get-togethers. Students are graduating high school and college, the weather is too nice to waste, and we have Mother’s Day weekend. This time of year just calls for gatherings, celebrations, and togetherness. I know that sounds a bit corny, you know it to be true.

My baby sister is graduating from college in a few days, and it’s been a long time coming! I couldn’t be more proud of her! She’s graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and she already has a job lined up! She is killing it! Our family and her friends are coming in from out of town to celebrate. For a while, we were trying to decide where to have her graduation party. Ultimately, we decided upon having it at my parents’ place. They live on a nice chunk of land and they have more space than I do. Given that over 30 people will be there, I think that was the best decision. We have this nice big tent we are setting up with fold-out tables and chairs, and we also rented a 40-foot tall inflatable waterslide for everyone to enjoy. We are cooking some ribs, hamburgers, and hotdogs. Sounds like a blast right? It will be, but there is a problem that a lot of people do not consider when hosting events like these, and that is the restroom situation. Having 30 soaking wet people walking through your house to go to the restroom does not sound like a good time. This is why we are doing the smart thing and renting a porta potty for the weekend. I know what you’re thinking. “Porta-potties are gross and they smell!” That is just a nasty stigma that has been built up over the years due to poor service. Pot-O-Gold is aiming to break this stigma with our 7-Point Service Plan that breeds confidence and good faith with our customers. We have also made a very informative video in an attempt to really help people see the good that porta-potties bring!

I know! I know! It’s a bit off the topic of parties, waterslides, and delicious foods, but the message needs to get out. Porta-potties aren’t what they used to be. Pot-O-Gold has brought them to a new level with our groundbreaking service plan and we invite other companies to do the same, but I digress.

Do you know how I mentioned burgers earlier? Yeah well, according to my friends, I make some killer burgers. Given that there were none left at the end of a house party I threw about 2 months ago, I would say they weren’t lying. They kind of attacked them like ravenous animals. I will be making them for my sister’s graduation, and I feel that it is my duty to share the recipe for, as my friend put it, “the best **** burger I ever had!” The thing is is that they are very simple. Occam’s Razor definitely took the gold here.

Nathan’s Backyard Burger Recipe!

2lbs 70-30 ground chuck
1lb ground pork
2 eggs
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1.5 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
Sharp Cheddar Cheese Slices

  1. Thoroughly mix all ingredients except the cheese slices together into a big mixing bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. (Do not season the mixture if you aren’t going to immediately cook them. The salt can extract essential moisture from your burgers if you let the mixture sit.)
  2. Form mixture into patties slightly wider than the diameter of your buns. They will shrink. (I like 1/2 lb patties, but go with your own preference.)
  3. Cook on grill until internal temp reaches at least 145 degrees. (I understand some may like a rarer burger, but it is not safe to consume pork under 145 degrees.)
  4. Add cheese slices to burgers and let melt using the radiant heat of the grill.
  5. Serve. (DINNER TIME!)

*The eggs and panko act as a binder to keep the patties together. The panko also helps soak up a lot of the fat and juices that would otherwise leak from your patties while cooking, resulting in a much juicier burger.

Generally, I like to dress my burgers with mayo, mustard, ketchup, tomato, lettuce, and dill pickles. You can’t forget the pickles! They set the whole burger off and bring it to a new level! As for my buns, I like to use sesame seed bunny bread buns. It’s good stuff! For a bit of extra goodness, you can always toast your buns when you’re done cooking your patties. I’m sure you and your guests will appreciate it!

Anyway! I hope you consider renting a porta-potty for your next large family gathering and I hope you enjoy the burgers!

Author: Nathan Shelton

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