Ambassador of the month

Stan Hays

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About Stan Hays

Meet Stan Hays, Founder and CEO of Operation BBQ Relief

Why I Grill

“I have always enjoyed cooking from a young age, but it wasn't until I graduated college that I really became obsessed with grilling. I now look for all opportunities to use my grill and smoker. There is something so satisfying about using fire to feed your friends and family, and I’ve even found a way to use my passion for grilling to feed people in need.” – Stan Hays

Cheese Stuffed Burger


  • 1 lb. ground meat (beef, turkey, pork, lamb)
  • 4 slices hot pepper cheese
  • Garlic seasoning
  • 1 onion
  • 4 buns
  • Additional toppings of your choice: lettuce, tomato, fried egg, pickles, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard


  • Make eight even and thin patties. Place the cheese in the middle of four of the patties.
  • Put the other patties on top and pinch the edges together. Shape the edges for a uniform patty.
  • Season the patties with garlic seasoning and pepper.
  • Saute or grill the onion and set aside.
  • Grill the bun. Note: Add a little butter to make it even better.
  • Place your burger on the bun, top with grilled onions and any additional toppings.


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Who is HPBA?

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), represents and provides professional member services and industry support, for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms, and allied associates for all types of fireplace, stove, heater, barbecue and outdoor living appliances and accessories. Learn More

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