In July 2019, I post a video review of the Impossible Burger at Burger King. The flavor was OK. The problem was the degree to which it was cooked. Two of the three burgers I tried were extremely dark on the outside, almost to the point of being burned, and they were not moist and juicy.
At the time of that video, raw Impossible Burger was not widely available in supermarkets. In the video, I commented that someday I’d like to get my hands on some and try cooking it on my Weber gas grill.
Well, that day arrived in July 2020.
I was doing my weekly grocery shopping at Safeway and noticed a display of raw Impossible Burger in the meat department, a 12-ounce package selling for $14.99! (At the time of writing this, just one month later, this same package sells for $9.99 at Safeway and $7.94 at Walmart.) I gulped hard, added a package to my cart, and headed to the checkout stand.
In July 2019, I posted a video review of the Impossible Burger at Burger King. In the video, you can see how the Impossible Burger compares to a regular beef burger on The Whopper.
In the video, I mentioned that someday I’d like to get my hands on some raw Impossible Burger and grill it at home using my Weber gas grill. That day came in July 2020 when I found some at my local supermarket.
You can read about my experience grilling Impossible Burgers here:
You’ve got your steaks seasoned and ready for the grill. You go out to the patio, remove the grill cover, and open the lid.
What greets you is a colony of fuzzy white/green mold on the grates and certain areas of the firebox. Or worse, a fuzzy creature of a different sort, the kind with eyes and nose and whiskers and tail, that’s sitting on the Flavorizer bars, staring up at you through the cooking grates, just as surprised to see you as you are to see him.
Put those steaks back in the refrigerator. You’ve got work to do before you’ll be ready to cook.
It’s no fun to find mold or a live or dead critter in your grill, but it happens. I’ve discovered a live rat making its home inside the cookbox of my gas grill, with feces and urine and footprints all over the exterior of the grill. Gross, for sure, but no reason to throw your grill to the curb.
Both mold and critters thrive on the grease and bits of leftover food found in a dirty grill. For mice and rats, it’s also about building a safe, cozy home within the confines of your grill.
So what should you do to put your grill back into service? And how do you prevent it from happening again in the future?