Originally Posted by Crpdeth
You may enjoy the flavor of soaking some fruit wood in water for several hours before you plan to grill, then just as you are putting the burgers on, drop the soaked wood on the coals... You'll get a nice smoke flavor that way.
Another possibility, Donny, is to use the whiskey barrel oak chips that are offered by Jack Daniels. Apparently, they grind up old oak barrels that have been used to age bourbon and sell them by the bag. I've used them a number of times and they impart a TREMENDOUS flavor to anything you BBQ, but especially to steaks. They work best if using a charcoal grill, but it is possible to use them with a gas grill. First, you soak the chips in water for several hours. When you get ready to put the meat on the grill, scatter in a few of the chips onto the charcoal. They produce a very pleasant-smelling smoke that imparts a distinctive smoky flavor to the meat.
Martin, you probably can't get these in Britain, but I can send you a bag if you would like to try them.