Grilling Burgers on a Charcoal Grill at a Park – Is it Safe?

Many parks have free charcoal grills that anyone can use to have a fun outdoor BBQ. For people who don’t have gardens, their own BBQ’s, or space to host an outdoor cookout, these park BBQ’s provide a cost-effective solution. However, is using a public grill that’s available to all and constantly exposed to the elements safe to use?

Absolutely! The fire and heat created by your BBQ will help to kill off any potential germs on the grill. You can also take a few extra steps to ensure you have a clean, hygienic cooking space.

Tips for Cooking on a Charcoal Grill at a Park

All grills require a bit of cleaning before use. Clean out and leftover ash and scrub the grills with a strong wire brush. Clean the top and bottom of the grates as best you can, but don’t be worried if you can’t get everything off. Preheat the grill then let the flames go up through the grills to kill off any remaining germs. At this point you can use the brush to clean off any remaining debris.

For extra safety, you can cover it in tin foil. Not only will this cover up any germs and rust, but the foil will help prevent any food from falling through the grill grates. You can also use a cast iron grilling skillet placed on top of the BBQ grates.

How to Grill Burgers on a Charcoal Grill:

Since you won’t be at home, make sure to bring all your grilling supplies with you. This includes charcoal, a charcoal lighter, tongs, and a spatula. Since you aren’t used to this grill, you might want to bring grilling gloves to protect your hands from getting burned.

  • Grilling Burgers Temp: 190-200 C

  • Grilling Burgers Time: 2-3 minutes on each side for rare, 4-5 minutes for medium-rare, and 6-7 minutes for medium well.

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