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Best Burger ever?

Brussels Sprout Apr 21, 2009 07:45 AM

I'm looking for the best burger recipe ever. Could be lamb, beef, tuna or a mix. I detest turkey burgers and chicken burgers. Salmon is OK.

I like my burgers thick, meaty,and still mooing. Lotsa cheese and some oniony things are OK by me!

Whaddya got? I want to impress my husband.

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    SQHD Apr 21, 2009 07:52 AM

    Burgers are beef, preferably chuck, and maybe some onion or shallot, but certainly salt and pepper. Don't get into "recipes." Simplistic is best, flavor is key. Don't make a mini-meatloaf on a bun. Get some quality meat, grind it yourself (if possible) and don't fuss with it.

    The ability to take simple ingredients and turn them into something special is the measure of a good cook.

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    1. re: SQHD
      scc48 Apr 21, 2009 08:18 AM

      i agree sqhd...simple, hearty, healthy, and enjoyable.
      go for it brussels sprout!
      and hey let us know how it went huh?

      good luck!

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      turkishlamb Apr 21, 2009 08:21 AM

      I like lamb burgers. mince some fresh rosemary, mint, and garlic. work that into your lamb. make THICK patties, and insert a bit of goat cheese. grill em to medium rare. feta on top. garnish is mint jelly (bottom bun) and onion, cucumber slices and mustard on top. tzaziki (sp?) would also be good.

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      1. re: turkishlamb
        LJS Apr 21, 2009 09:16 AM

        I am a lamb burger lover, too. But I like mine with blue cheese "inserted" and a topping of watercress, pear slices and crumbled walnuts...if you can do all this on a home-made bun that is burger heaven!

        1. re: LJS
          bigfellow Apr 30, 2009 04:09 PM

          I make a lamb burger at home often. I top it with blue cheese dressing and a few pistachios.

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            Brussels Sprout May 1, 2009 07:39 AM

            Why not just bleu cheese?

            1. re: Brussels Sprout
              bigfellow May 1, 2009 11:08 AM

              Blue cheese by itself tends to be dry. Blue cheese dressing is moist and it is just nice on the burger. It also helps the nuts to stay on.

              1. re: bigfellow
                c oliver May 1, 2009 11:54 AM

                Aren't you the clever one? I love that.

                1. re: bigfellow
                  Brussels Sprout May 1, 2009 01:10 PM

                  Depends on the cheese. Also, most of it melts pretty well, then you put your nuts on. Or you COULD put the nuts inside the patty first.

                  1. re: Brussels Sprout
                    bigfellow May 1, 2009 04:31 PM

                    never put nuts inside the patty. They tend to sour as they cook.

        2. MMRuth Apr 21, 2009 08:49 AM

          Here's one of my favorites -


          Pork, chorizo, bacon and more

          Here's a thread that may help:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/411538 .

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          1. re: MMRuth
            bakerboyz Apr 21, 2009 11:38 AM

            I was always an all beef patty kind of guy until I tried this recipe...it's amazing...the most flavor and the best burger I have ever had.

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              newfoodie Apr 21, 2009 12:37 PM

              Wow, this sounds fabulous! I will put it in my "to make" pile.

              1. re: newfoodie
                MMRuth Apr 21, 2009 12:39 PM

                It is! And, even if you don't make both the romesco sauce and the aioli, or don't add the Manchego, it's wonderful. Another poster also mentioned making meatballs out of the mixture.

              2. re: MMRuth
                c oliver Apr 21, 2009 12:44 PM

                That does sound great! I've been grinding my own beef and pork and turkey lately. Could add this to the repertoire. Thanks

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                nosh Apr 21, 2009 09:38 AM

                First, never buy ground beef from the grocery or butcher. Buy a chuck steak or roast, preferably on sale, and either grind it yourself or most places will grind it for you free -- request a single grind. Use the beef ASAP, and you will taste the difference. Do not freeze.

                The resulting ground beef should be between 70-30 and 80-20, the more fat the more flavor and moisture. Season generously with kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper, a sprinkle of garlic and onion salt or powder on the outside is good. Gently (gently) shape into thick patties, keeping the meat as loose as possible. Do not slap or press or pound into shape. Keeping the meat as loose as possible leaves room for the moisture to stay in the burger as it cooks rather than getting forced out.

                Heat your castiron skillet as hot as possible. Turn on your fan. Cook at very high heat, and don't crowd the pan. Do NOT press down on the burgers with your spatula -- this just presses out moisture. Develop a good crust, then turn over just once, don't play with the food. The meat will release from the pan once a good crust has formed. If it is still too rare in the middle, finish in a hot oven.

                Freshly ground meat, lots of fat, well-seasoned, loosely formed, cooked fast -- those are the secrets. Everything else pales in comparison and is open to preference.

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                1. re: nosh
                  c oliver Apr 21, 2009 12:50 PM

                  Great reply, nosh. I've been grinding my own beef for a couple of months now and will never order a burger in a restaurant again. I grind five plus pounds at a time so I do freeze it but it's still great. I make them into 6oz patties, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then put some in a zipping bag. And they do get eaten pretty quickly. We've been doing ours on the grill and we do have to be careful when turning. But I find if I slide the spatula all the way under and then use a fork to steady the top, that it turns (not flips!) just fine. When you do in a skillet, how long approx, do you cook? Ever tried a grill pan? And you're right; this is the best. We've unintentionally over and undercooked at times and they're still great.

                  1. re: nosh
                    silverhawk Apr 21, 2009 03:29 PM

                    agreed--plus a slightly warm--and not at all fancy--white bun. i like it when the warm bun smooshes down a little bit.

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                    nosh Apr 21, 2009 11:44 AM

                    I prefer a grill -- somehow just assumed a skillet. But a grill introduces some problems in keeping the patty together -- the same loosely formed burger that crisps up and develops a crust to hold together on a flattop surface can disintegrate and break apart on a bbq grill. Thus the tendency to shape it more like a baseball, and the resulting unevenness of cooking.

                    If I'm going to go thru all of the trouble of outdoor grilling, I'll usually go for steaks or chops. Even if I'm not going to spend for ribeyes or porterhouse, I'll slice a tri-tip into thick steaks or marinate some cheaper cut or pork and get the char and caramelization and smoke that only a grill can provide. A burger has its place in a skillet; a steak (other than a tenderloin medallion) is just so much better on a flame grill.

                    1. cuccubear Apr 21, 2009 01:17 PM

                      No one has mentioned adding sausage to their ground beef. That’s one of my favorite alternatives - mixture is usually 2/3 beef, 1/3 sausage.

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                      1. re: cuccubear
                        c oliver Apr 21, 2009 01:21 PM

                        MMRuth's has sausage.

                        1. re: c oliver
                          cuccubear Apr 21, 2009 01:39 PM

                          Sorry, I must have missed it. I see pork, but had sausage on the brain...

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