Burgers are your go-to food whenever you have sudden sleepovers or unexpected dinnerparties. You don’t need extreme preparations. Other than the ground meat, which you should get fresh, most of the ingredients can be found in your cupboard.
Our friends from Food 52 has this to say about this burger recipe:
“If you can form meat into shapes and move them around on a hot surface, you can make a burger. You can make any burger, and throw a barbecue, or a party, or simply eat them for dinner and feel accomplished and sated and happy.”
I couldn’t have said it better. You don’t need super high culinary skills to make burgers. All you need is the desire to eat good food and enjoy it.
ground meat with 20% fat
Dump the ground meat into a bowl. (We go for ground meat with around 20% fat.) Season it with salt, pepper, and whatever else you want; you can add spices, perhaps, or Worcestershire sauce, or shallots, or chilies.
Shape your burgers into patties, using your thumb to make an indentation in the center; this will keep the burgers from puffing up. Keep in mind that the burgers will shrink up a bit once you cook them, so make your patties a bit bigger than you want them later.
Oil your grill or a cast-iron pan, and grill or sear those patties.
Add the cheese and toast the buns. Let the cheese melt while the burgers are still on the grill; to speed things up, you can close the cover.
Once your burgers are finished cooking, and your cheese is melted and the buns are nicely charred, throw some condiments and toppings on those burgers. Anything goes.
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Quick Tip: For medium rare: cook for around 1 minute per side for each inch of thickness.
Thanks again to Food52 for this amazing recipe.