Great Moments on the Grill: Flame-Broiled Big Mac


For the month of July, we asked for your photos and videos of your best grilling moments for our contest, Great Moments on the Grill. The prize? A brand new Weber grill worth $500 from Appliances Plus in Somers.

We were looking for anything funny, creative or delicious, from blizzard burgers and downpour steaks to delicious juicy platters of food. And we got them: 19 people entered 34 photos. (We didn’t get any videos, though.) So from now until the winner is announced on Aug. 25, I’ll be featuring these photos on Small Bites.

Today, we have a delicious-looking burger photo from Deidra and Lenny Spano of Yonkers. Lenny is former State Senator Nick Spano’s brother, and they were all in Mastic Beach on Long Island over Fourth of July weekend when the photo was taken.

She says: “Lenny’s quintessential flame-broiled Big Mac.” Looks just like the real deal, Diedra! Lenny gives me the recipe, after the jump.

Here’s Lenny:

Just like the song…it was 2 all beef patties , special sauce, lettuce, cheese , pickles, onion on a sesame seed bun. (I think I may have forgot the lettuce on that one lol)

The Big Mac sauce was made by mixing

1 cup Miracle Whip

1/3 cup creamy style French dressing

1/4 cup sweet pickle relish

1 teaspoon dried minced onion

1/4 teaspoon pepper

The patties were 8 oz each…so only my 19 year old son and 30 year old nephew consumed the whole 1 lb burger.

Grilling is fun…

Yes, Lenny, it is!


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


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