Simply Smarter Grilling

2013-05-02T00:00:00Z 2013-05-08T12:06:09Z Simply Smarter GrillingFamily Features
May 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Nice weather means it's time to fire up the grill. To enjoy dining al fresco any time, make your kitchen grill-ready with essentials for your pantry, fridge and freezer.

Stock up now on fresh meats and produce, as well as cool drinks and frozen treats to keep you outside and grilling all season long. The best part? Your backyard barbecue doesn’t have to be expensive. For inspiration, try these grilling favorites from food stylist and loyal ALDI shopper Janice Stahl, who saves up to 50 percent by shopping at ALDI:

—Create a sophisticated summer dinner in no time by placing raw salmon, fresh lemon slices and a mix of chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil and red onion on a piece of aluminum foil; seal it to create a packet and throw it on the grill.

—Use a teriyaki marinade to add a kick to your chicken breasts and step up your grilling game with bacon-wrapped beef filets or marinated pork loin.

—Put a spin on the classic burger with Alaskan salmon or ground turkey patties.

With these simple tips, you’ll be ready to show off your grilling expertise at any time. Visit for more ideas.

Hawaiian Turkey Burger

$1.86 per serving at ALDI.

Recipe courtesy of Chef Alyssa, ALDI Test Kitchen

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Makes 4 burgers

1 egg

1 pound ground turkey or ground


1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons parsley flakes

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 clove of garlic, minced

1/2 cup red pepper, minced

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup BBQ sauce

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut

into 1/2-inch rings

1 red onion, peeled and cut into

1/2-inch rings

1 green pepper, cored and cut into

1/2-inch rings

4 hamburger buns

4 slices pepper Jack sliced cheese

Beat egg in a bowl. Add ground turkey or chicken, oats, crushed red pepper, parsley, salt, pepper, minced garlic and minced red pepper.

Mix together until incorporated. Divide into 4 even patties, flatten and let sit in the fridge for 5 minutes.

Mix together mayonnaise and BBQ sauce. Set aside.

Heat grill to medium/high temperature. Place patties on the grill and cook for 5 to 7 minutes each side until desired doneness.

Brush oil on slices of pineapple, onion and green pepper, then grill 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Lightly grill the bun and set aside. Spread both sides of the bun with the mayonnaise BBQ sauce.

When burger is almost finished cooking, place 1 slice of cheese on each patty and continue to grill until melted.

To assemble the burger, layer the bottom of the bun with the patty with cheese, pineapple, onion, green pepper and top half of bun.

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