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At the first appearance of sunny days and budding flowers my husband and I are itching to put some food on the grill.  But before, I tell you how I make my burgers the bomb, I have to head to Pittsburgh’s #SummerOfGrilling Headquarters, Giant Eagle, to stock up on everything we need to make our first cookout the kickoff to a great summer of grilling.


First on the list, burgers of course.  Giant Eagle has an excellent selection of Market District Gourmet Seasoned Beef Burgers.  Italian, Pepper & Garlic and my favorite Mushroom Swiss, are just a few of the gourmet burgers Giant Eagle’s meat department has to offer.  I stopped there first.


Next, I have to get my secret ingredients.  I use Hellman’s Mayonnaise, tomato pesto, lemon juice and basil to make a special pesto mayo sauce that gives my gourmet burgers the right kick.  (The recipe is down below.) To keep my burgers juicy I grill them with Heniz BBQ sauce that I found right in Giant Eagle’s Summer Grilling kiosk near the meat department.

Finally, cookouts are not complete without cold drinks and cold deserts.  We LOVE Breyer’s ice cream at our house. (I’m always sending my hubby out to  get Cookies n’ Cream or Ice Cream Cake with Chocolate Crunchies. Both are my favorites) Our household lives off a steady beverage consumption of water; so, I was super excited to see Aquafina Sparkling.  The lemon lime is really yummy and not overpowering like soda can be.


 After I grill my Mushroom Swiss Market District Gourmet Seasoned Beef Burgers, I add a special sauce that my husband loves. Here’s the recipe.

Pesto Mayo Sauce

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Serving Size: Enough for 3 burgers

Pesto Mayo Sauce


  • 1/2 cup Hellmann's Mayonaise
  • 3 tbsp. tomato pesto
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil


  1. Mix all ingredients in small mixing bowl until thoroughly combined. Serve as spread on hamburger sandwich.
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That’s it.  Now my burger is done, my man is happy and I’ve already started stocking up on the things I know I’ll need for my #SummerOfGrilling.


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Cynthia Mendoza

Hello. Welcome to a blog for Black moms looking to thrive while raising kids in this hectic world and the headquarters for Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a Pittsburgh support group for Black moms. Here I write about raising my three boys, living in and loving Pittsburgh, dating my husband, gardening and all kinds of other stuff. Thanks for visiting. Stay long & come often!

2 thoughts on “How to Make A Grilled Burger Your Man Will Love”

Muffy Mendoza . May 25, 2016 at 5:22 pm

It is great on your burger. My hubby loves making sauces for grilled meats. Thanks for commenting!

mommyhoodsdiary . May 25, 2016 at 2:07 pm

That Pesto Mayo Sauce sound delicious!! Thanks #client

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