Today, August 25th, is National burger day and I presume we all celebrate in a way. A proper burger is the king of tastes, succulent, juice tender mouthwatering prime quality beef cooked with the simplest ingredients and served with French fries, ketchup, melted cheese and onion rings in a sesame white bun. As simple as that.
The key to a successful burger is choosing the correct meat. In my case is nothing less than the prime fillet of beef. Investing a bit more to the best quality meat is what will give you the supreme taste, and that X factor you are seeking for an A listed home made burger.
A homemade burger is always a homemade burger, made on the same day and moment you need it, with only the best quality of mince meat, weather it is pork, beef or a mixture of the two, and then served immediately after it is prepared. This is what makes it so special after all with only 40 minutes spent as a whole in your kitchen.
Cooking methods vary, but I only suggest grilling the burger, either in the kitchen or on an outside BBQ. Since garden BBQ might consider a luxury, grilling the burgers in the kitchen is the most easy but you will need a good iron cast grilling pan (go for “le Creuset”) and some pure Greek olive oil for the cooking. So go ahead and don’t hesitate to give it a try!
Level of difficulty: 2/5
Calories: 512kcal (burger-ketchup-vegies-bread)
500g of prime beef fillet, minced meat
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, mashed
Black pepper (optional)
1 slice of Emmental cheese (optional if you want a cheese burger)
Sesame round white buns
1 big ripe tomato, cut into thin slices
1 red onion, cut into thin slices
Some lettuce leafs, hearts
10 pickled cucumbers, finely sliced lengthwise
Ketchup, preferably Heinz
In a small (nespresso coffee) cup add pure olive oil.
Place the iron cast grill pan on the hob, brush well (with an egg wash brush) with olive oil and allow to become very hot.
In the meantime in a bowl mix the minced beef, chopped onion, mashed garlic, salt and pepper.
Use your clean hands and mix them well and then shape them into burgers. Press them well so they don’t destroy when you are turning them on the grill to cook on both sides.
Add the burgers one by one on pan. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, then brush them well with olive oil and turn. Cook for another 5 minutes.
Low the heat to moderate and repeat the procedure for 5- 6 times, until the burgers are well cooked (or cooked to your choice)
Add a slice of cheese (if you prefer a cheeseburger) and when is melted place them in a platter.
Cook for 2 minutes the upper part of the white bread roll until is greasy and looks like toasted.
Remove and keep aside, then place tomatoes and onions on the other side of the bun (the lower side) Place the burgers in, add the pickles and tomatoes and serve with fried onion rings and chips.