July 2, 2014 at 10:01 AM ET
With the warm, sunny weather of summer in full swing, it's hard to stay inside long enough even to cook. Martha Stewart shares with TODAY her best recipes for an outdoor BBQ, from steak house burgers on the grill to toasted marshmallows (with chocolate fondue!) over the camp fire.
Steak house burger
Cut both meats into small pieces. Grind through the large holes of a meat grinder. Combine in a bowl, then grind together through the small holes of the grinder. Divide into 4 equal parts (each about 5 1/2 oz.). Form into patties, each about 3 1/2 in. in diameter.
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Skewer onion slices crosswise with pre-soaked skewers and brush both sides with oil. Season both sides of the burgers with salt, then grill 2 1/2 minutes on each side for medium-rare, placing cheese on burgers at the last minute. Transfer to a plate.
Grill onion until tender and lightly charred (about 4 minutes each side). Meanwhile, grill buns until toasted (about 30 seconds). Sandwich the burgers and onions (removed from skewers) on buns with the mustard mixture, lettuce and tomatoes.
Grilled corn with lime and chili
Preheat grill to medium-high heat and lightly brush hot grill with oil. Grill corn, turning occasionally, until kernels are tender and charred in spots, about 20 minutes.
Transfer corn to a serving platter and serve with lime wedges, salt and chili powder.
Watermelon punch bowl
Cut top third off watermelon, and trim the bottom just enough to make a flat surface. Scoop out the flesh.
Working in batches, puree watermelon in a food processor. Strain through a fine sieve, discarding the solid pieces. (You should have about 9 cups of juice). Cover rind with plastic wrap. Refrigerate juice and rind until chilled (about 1 hour).
Combine juice with seltzer; transfer to rind.
Place sugar and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Stir in lime juice and transfer to refrigerator until chilled.
Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each of 4 glasses. Fill a saucer with salt, and dip the rim of each glass into the salt to coat. Fill each glass with 1/2 cup ice and set aside.
Stir tequila into the lime mixture, and divide evenly among the prepared glasses. Top with beer, and stir. Garnish each glass with a lime wedge, and serve immediately.
Toasted marshmallow, charred bread and banana sticks with chocolate fondue
For the fondue:
Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan set over a campfire or on a medium-high grill, then pour over the chocolate. Let stand for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Whisk in the bourbon.
For the skewers
Thread the bread, bananas and marshmallows onto 8 skewers. Toast over campfire. Serve with the chocolate fondue for dipping.