I know, I know – this sounds silly and you are probably thinking, “what, does she think we are stupid??? – how to make a hamburger <eye roll!>. Who doesn’t know how to do that? I mean – really – pat some hamburger out into a patty and fry/grill it. Done”.
So – no. I would never insult your intelligence like that. However, when a bunch of HANGRY teenagers were over here scarfing down burgers a few weeks ago – I heard one say, “Why are your mom’s hamburgers so GOOD?” That little gal, who weighs about 90 lbs, ate TWO hamburgers – trimmings and all. Then it occurred to me – not everyone makes hamburgers the same way.
I thought I would share how I make them. Most of the time anyway. I take BIG liberties with the recipe and you should too. Sometimes I use BBQ sauce or Worcestershire sauce instead of steak sauce. Sometimes I poke pieces of Blue Cheese down in the center of the burger. When my oldest daughter is here – we like cut up pieces of onion in our burgers – but no one else does – so we just do ours like that. Anyway, you get the idea – get LOOSE with it!
By the way – I ALWAYS melt cheese on our burgers – but for this post I didn’t because then you wouldn’t be able to see the burger! Besides, this is just the basic burger recipe – you can “have it your way” once the burger is made!
Let’s eat ya’ll!
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. ~ Matthew 6:21
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1/3 lb. of good quality pork sausage
- ½ tsp. sea salt plus enough to sprinkle
- ½ tsp. course ground pepper plus enough to sprinkle
- 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
- ¾ tsp. cumin
- 1/8 C plus 2 Tbsp. Steak sauce
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- Gently mix hamburger and sausage together until mixed and then set aside. Don’t over work the meat – just gently mix it all together with your finger tips.
- In a small bowl, mix salt, pepper, thyme, cumin together until well blended.
- Add the spice mix and the steak sauce to the meat mixture and gently mix together. Do not over mix the meat or it will become tough and chewy.
- Pat into 3-4 inch diameter patties. Place a thumbprint dimple in the center.
- Using a brush or your hands, rub each patty with olive oil and place patties on a dinner plate.
- Sprinkle each side of the burger with a pinch of salt and pepper
- Put plate in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes to rest
- Preheat pan or grill to medium heat
- Cook to desired inner temp. I think 3-4 mins per side is about right for a pink in the center burger
- Rest on a clean plate once removed from the heat for 5 minutes.
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