A FOODIE shared her clever grilling hacks ahead of July 4th — including a shockingly easy way to cook perfectly juicy burgers.
She called her hacks “awesome” and says her followers “must know” the tips and tricks for cooking outdoors for the Fourth of July celebrations.
In a TikTok she created last year and reposted recently, Nicole shares five easy steps to getting the most out of her grill.
She said, “Number one, don’t use a wire brush to clean your grill, use an onion.”
“Not only is it much safer, [but] In seconds you will have a clean grill thanks to the natural juices of the onions combined with the steam from the grill.
For demonstration, the content creator sliced the onion in half before grating it on the grill.
She then pointed the onion at the camera and showed that it picked up dirt and grease from the metal surface.
Her second tip is to make hamburgers juicy.
“If you’re tired of dry hamburgers, add an ice cube or broth cube to each patty and leave it there while you grill,” she said.
“Eventually the ice cube melts away and you’re left with a perfectly juicy burger every time.”
Nicole placed an ice cube on each raw burger patty before flipping them and allowing the flames to add charcoal and flavor.
Next, she explained how to make a non-stick grill out of a potato.
“Just rub the potato over the hot grill grates and in about a minute the grill will be non-stick thanks to the starch in the potato.”
“I find this tip particularly useful when grilling lean meats like chicken breasts.
As with the onion, Nicole cut the potato in half before grating it on the grill.
She added: “When it comes to fish, put slices of lemon or orange on the grill and put the fish on top. It gives a lot of flavor and the fish doesn’t stick.”
“Number four,” she continued, “the best way to prevent wooden and bamboo skewers from burning is to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using them.”
“Number five, last but not least, your meat, hot dogs, and veggies are much easier to flip when you skewer them.”
Social media users flocked to the comments section to express their appreciation for Nicole’s expertise.
One wrote: “Great tips for people who have no idea how to grill!!”.
Other commenters were keen to try the hacks for themselves.
One said: “I’m definitely going to try the skewers in the hot dog! Why didn’t I ever think of that,” while another remarked, “I absolutely have to try the lemon and fish tip.”