Lately we have been trying to perfect our home cooked burger making skills, and after a series of attempts I think we have gotten pretty close.
Every good burger should start with some good beef, and for our latest attempt we picked up some organic medium ground beef from Rowe Farms (above). It is best to get something with some decent fat content, extra-lean may sound healthier but it’s just going to make for a dry burger.
Form the beef into patties without overworking them too much, and lightly press your thumb into the center of each. Then season with salt and pepper. That’s it. Don’t add chopped onions. Don’t mix egg or bread crumbs into the beef. Simple is always best, plus you can always add those things to the burger as a topping after the fact!
A good BBQ’d burger is a beautiful thing, but we find a nice pan fried burger to be even more heavenly. Heat up a pan with a tiny amount of oil. Cast iron works best. Cook the burgers on one side for a couple of minutes, just until they brown up and start to caramelize nicely. Flip them over.
If you want to add cheese, you can do it at this point. Drop a teaspoon of water into the pan, and then quickly cover with a lid. This will slightly steam the burgers, which melts the cheese, and also adequately cooks the edges of the burgers. Check on them periodically (over the course of another couple of minutes), and as soon as the cheese is fully melted, your burgers are done.
It may take a bit of practice, working with your individual stove top and pans, but the result should be a perfect diner-worthy burger (but better) every time. With good quality beef, we aim for medium or medium-well, but even if you overcook them slightly this method should still produce a burger that is super juicy and full of flavour.
Top with your favourite toppings, and use a nice soft, toasted bun (anything too hard will just squash the burger to death with every bite). Maybe next time we will try baking our own buns…
Does anybody else have any great burger making tips? We’d love to hear your comments!