Taste of summer with the best burgers

A menu made for summer indulgence

A menu made for summer indulgence

A summer weekend isn't complete until you fire up the grill, but flame-kissed steaks are just the start to an unforgettable meal that celebrates all the best of the season.

To create the perfect main dish, start with high-quality protein, like Omaha Steaks' Private Reserve Boneless New York Strips. Or talk to the butcher in your favorite food stopping place. Thick, juicy and full of flavorful marbling, the Omaha Steaks steaks are meticulously aged for optimal taste and tenderness with robust, beefy flavor brought out when cooked properly on the grill.

If you're opting for burgers, elevate your menu with flavorful accompaniments like crisp candied bacon, sauteed shrimp and zesty homemade pickles for a menu you won't soon forget. Find more ideas for upgrading the grilling experience in your own backyard at OmahaSteaks.com.

Candied Bacon
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
  • 1 pound (1 package) Omaha Steaks Applewood Smoked Steak-Cut Bacon 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper 1 cup packed light brown sugar 
Heat oven to 375 F. Place wire rack on foil-lined baking sheet. Place strips of bacon on wire rack and sprinkle with black pepper. Lightly pat brown sugar on top of bacon in thin layer. Place baking sheet on center rack in oven and bake 25 minutes, or until brown sugar melts and bacon is crisp. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes. Using tongs, transfer bacon to parchment-lined baking sheet and cool to room temperature. Store in airtight container up to 3 days at room temperature. 

Quick Pickles
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill, chopped, or 2 tablespoons fresh dill leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cucumbers, cut into angled 1-inch slices
Heat small saucepan over medium high heat. Add vinegar, sugar, mustard seed, salt, garlic and red pepper flakes, if desired; cook until mixture begins to simmer and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. In heat-proof bowl, toss dill, bay leaf and sliced cucumbers. Pour simmering liquid over cucumbers and stir to evenly coat. Cool to room temperature or chill before serving.
Note: Pickles may be made up to 3 days in advance. Refrigerate in covered non-reactive container.

Connecticut-Style Shrimp
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 large, cleaned, uncooked Omaha Steaks Wild Argentinian Red Shrimp
Heat medium skillet to medium-high heat. Add butter; cook until melted. Add chives, salt, pepper and shrimp to pan. Cook 2 minutes, turn shrimp and cook 2 minutes, or until shrimp is opaque and cooked through. Remove from heat and serve.

Dry-Brined New York Strips with Grilled Brown Butter Balsamic Onions 

Prep time: 1-12 hours
Cook time: 30-40 minutes
Servings: 4

Dry Brine:
  • 4 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground pepper
  • 4 (11-ounce) Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Boneless New York Strips, thawed
Butter and Balsamic:
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
Grilled Onions:
  • 2 large sweet onions 
  • 4 wooden skewers, soaked 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • salt, to taste 
  • pepper, to taste 
To make dry brine: 
Combine salt and pepper; season steaks generously on all sides. Place steaks on elevated rack on baking sheet and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. 

To make butter and balsamic: 
Heat small skillet to medium high heat. Add butter and cook until butter begins to brown and smell nutty. Remove from heat and add balsamic vinegar and thyme. Set aside. 

To make grilled onions: 
Peel off outer layers of onions. Slice into 1/2-inch slices. Lay onions on flat surface. Push skewers through centers of onions; two onion slices per skewer. Brush onions with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. 

To cook steaks and onions: 
Make two-zone fire on charcoal grill with coals on one side and no coals on the other. Place onions on cool side of grill; flip and rotate every 10 minutes until golden brown, approximately 25-30 minutes. Total time will depend on how hot coals are and how close onions are to fire. When onions are golden and tender, brush with brown butter balsamic mixture. On hot side of grill, during last 15 minutes of cook time for onions, cook steaks to desired temperature. When steaks are 5°F from desired temperature, remove from grill and let rest 5-10 minutes. Remove onions from grill. Carefully remove onions from skewers and place in serving dish. Top with remaining brown butter balsamic mixture and serve with steaks.

Source: Family Features