Is there such a thing as the “perfect burger”? If your anything like me, every time you eat a burger you have that thought of “I wish there was something that made me want to eat that again”. It seems like every time I have a hamburger from somewhere I am let down. Either they are to greasy or really bland. But lets be honest, a really good flavorful burger is not something that is that difficult. All you really have to do is add a few basic spices and flavors to make the “Ultimate Burger”. Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you take your next burger to mouth watering heights.
So we all know that a great burger can be one of the best things out there. Cooking a burger is one of the things that can get anybodies mouth watering. It all starts with the meat. In my eyes you don’t need to go crazy and get the best ground meat you can, but the better the meat the more flavor your burgers will have. I personally like to use ground sirloin when I can but most of the time I just buy the ground beef at my local Costco.
The next thing that I have discovered thanks to Nom Nom Paleo is the perfect ccombinationof add ins to my burger. I start with dicing up some cremini mushrooms and then saute them up with a little salt and pepper. Cook them up until all of the water has cooked out of them and they are nice and caramelized. This adds that beautiful umami flavor to the burger as well as some extra texture.
The next step is to dice up some bacon. Oh that’s right, bacon! You can never go wrong with adding bacon into your burger. Now most of the time you see this added as an extra and just laid over the top of the cooked patty. But here is the secret. If you add this into your burger you can get away with getting a leaner grind of meat, because we are going to add it into the ground beef. Start by dicing up you bacon into a nice small to medium dice depending on taste. Then take the bacon and toss it in a bowl with the ground beef and cooled, cooked mushrooms. Add a good healthy pinch of salt or two and a generous amount of black pepper.
We are almost ready to form the patty! Mix all of your ingredients together, the key is to just mix it enough to get everything mixed without over working it. Your burgers will cook up much more tender and juicy this way. Once you get the burgers mixed up start forming them into patties and feel free to make them as large or as small as you want. A really tasty addition to your burger that I got from the Ideas in Food blog is to cut a nice fat piece of onion top of your patty.
Onion On Top of Burger
This is a really great idea and adds not only a great look but also some really great flavor! Since you have already thoroughly seasoned your burger there is no need to add any more seasoning to it. Just throw that delicious burger on a nice hot grill and cook it to what ever temperature you like. Just remember that you have raw bacon in it and I have found that even if you cook it almost well done it is still nice and juicy!
I promise you that if you try all of these ideas out you will have a mouth watering burger that your friends will be dying for you to cook again!
I am going to try making one of these up and cooking it sous vide and then just searing it off in a hot pan just to see how it comes out. I have a feeling it will be just as delicious but the cook in me wants to know what the difference would be like. Remember that playing with your food is not a bad thing!