I don’t know about all of you but I love food and everything to do with food including all the gadgets in the kitchen. Welcome to another week of Tasty Tuesday where you will find anything from a recipe to tips on washing dishes! Just kidding cause, I hate to wash dishes and will get out of it if I possibly can and do most nights! This week I want to share my thoughts on the family and crowd friendly burger. We eat them a lot here at my house.
Not that I don’t anything else it is just a great crowd-pleaser. Especially in the summer (or when it’s warmer in the winter cause that happens) and we can grill outside. Over the years I have tried so many different types of burgers as well as meat for them. In fact one of my favorite places to meet Lenore at is in a small town nearby. We have plenty of business lunches there and when it warm outside nothing is better than sitting on the patio area. If you follow her on Instagram you most likely have sen her posting pictures but if not here are a few that she allowed me to share.
Choose a Good Meat
Look good don’t they? We enjoy our time there as well as other burger places. One of the most important thing I have discovered about making burgers is the meat. I only use ground chuck for the simple fact that it is not as greasy. I don’t have to drain the burgers on napkins before eating them. It just cooks much better for me. Also i always make sure my meat is 100% well done. Hamburger meat has been ground up which means the bacteria that is usually on the outside like with steak has been mixed in and an under cooked burger can make you sick. Not to mention I once worked in a meat market and trust me cook that meat!
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One of the most important steps I have discovered is that you have to season the meat before you even think of cooking it. Any sort of hamburger mean is really difficult to season after it has been cooked. I always add a little salt (I use sea salt that I have ground into a fine a powder, it takes less this way) and work it into the meat. This means getting you hands dirty and knead it in well. Then I add anything else I may be going to add. Some of my favorite: crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese, ranch dressing packet, bacon, a little bit of onion soup mix (add the powder into a little water–only use enough water to form a paste and mix that paste into your burger), bbq sauce. You name it and I have tried it at least once. A really great one is a little Italian dressing in there.
Another thing that I have discovered is if you want cheeseburgers the best way to get that cheese melted is to place the burger on the bun the moment it is finished. Add cheese, put the top bun on, and then place them back into the bub package closing it up for a couple of minutes. This allows the steam from the burgers to naturally melt the cheese as well as steam the buns. They turn out beautifully but don’t leave them too long or the bun can get a little soggy.
Sides and Drinks
When I am out in a restaurant I typically try their fries or potato salad/cole slaw if either are offered. Those are my basic burger sides. Now I have spiced things up and things like asparagus but I tend to lean towards always have the basics. As far as drinks go it depends are where I am and what’s going on. In the middle of the day at a business lunch I have sweet tea or lemonade however at home I may drink a beer with it. I’m just being honest I occasionally drink especially with great food. Beer pairs well with burgers and I almost always do a pale ale with a burger. Darker ones can overpower the burger and light beer is just too airy and light at times. I have found that pale ale scrubs the palate nicely and brings out the flavor of the burger more.
Share Your Thoughts
Tell us what your favorite burger or toppings are. How about sides for those burgers?