Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Easy Homemade Hamburgers

I know it's easiest to just buy frozen hamburgers that come in a box with the little sheets of paper between them, but think of how juicy and delicious home made burgers would be? There's absolutely no comparison. Top them with anything from a slice of cheese, onion, or tomato, to lettuce, some ketchup, mustard or a little pickle relish. Clearly, summer would not be summer without them!

Basic recipe:
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 c onion, finely minced
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
salt and pepper

1 tbs horseradish
1 tbs ketchup
1 tbs mustard
1 tbs chives
2 tbs blue cheese, crumbled
2 tbs sesame seeds
1/4 c ripe olives, chopped
1/4 c chopped dill pickle or pickle relish
1/4 c chopped nuts

Using your impeccably clean hands, mix all ingredients together (including any variations that you choose). Shape mixture into 6 patties, each about 3/4-inch thick. Broil or grill patties 4-inches from the heat, turning once, to desired doneness, 10 to 15 minutes.

Clearly, this is one of those things whose variations are only limited to those of your imagination. You can add any number of crumbled cheeses, fresh or dried herbs, and spices.
It's better to purchase ground beef that is not frozen because then you can make your hamburgers in advance and freeze them. Just form the patties as usual and place them on a tray in layers with parchment or waxed paper between the layers to separate them.
It's actually ok to refreeze ground beef that has been previously frozen and thawed, as long as it has been thawed in the refrigerator. Doing this, however, will result in the meat drying out when you eventually cook it.

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