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Old 08-04-2007, 08:10 AM   #1
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I have decided to try and teach myself to cook so i want to start with something simple. I want to cook some home cooked burgers / potatoes wedges with a salad and dressing.

I have seen so many recipes for doing this all are different i wondered if someone could suggest something easy? Should i bind the bugers with egg or mix make them and put them in the fridge to harden before cooking?

I dont want to fry if possible i would prefer to grill if possible.

Thanks in advance for any advise..

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Old 08-04-2007, 08:51 AM   #2
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There is no reason to use egg to bind a burger. The key to a good burger is to use ground meat that has a decent amount of fat in it. You do not want to get the lean stuff for burgers.

You also want to handle the burgers as little as possible. Don't mix and mix and mix. Just do it enough to incorporate the flavors you want. At the minimum you can use just salt, but you can add almost any other flavors you like. Some examples are garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, worceershire sauce, horseradish, etc.

Make patties with your hand without squeezing the meat (as best you can). Pre-heat your grill nice and hot. I make my burgers pretty big (half pounders) and what I will do it through them on a pre-heated hot grill and then after a minute or two I will turn off the heat directly under the burgers and just use indirect heat to cook them the rest of the way.

Only flip them once and whatever you do, do NOT push down on them with your spatula. Sure it makes a great sizzle sound, but that sound it all that great juice and flavor leaving your burger. The less you touch it the better it will be.
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Old 08-04-2007, 08:56 AM   #3
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I agree with everything GB has said - I flip my burgers when I can see the juices on top coming through, add cheese, let it melt with lid down then take out - done ! (I usually get three patties out of a pound of meat)

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Old 08-04-2007, 08:59 AM   #4
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thanks, i guess i need to go buy some more mince :(
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I you already have lean stuff then just buy a little bit of fatty mince. Combine the two. That way you will have good flavor from the lean and good moisture from the fat.
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right i am off shopping i also plan to do chesse wedges (oil, grated Parmesan cheese and paprika)

Hopefully it will be nice, i will take pics and post them no matter the result and also write what i did for all to comment on.

Wish me luck....
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Best of luck Phil. You will do great.
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You will be just fine and your wife will be so surprized, please do let us know how it came out, luck to ya Phil !!
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Old 08-05-2007, 03:45 AM   #9
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Hi All

So now the update

It went well... I was not happy with how i presented it nor the salad so all suggestions welcome. I also was disapointed with how the wedges looked all different sizes but i didnt know how best to cut them.

Pics first ;)


Potato Wedges

1/2 a smal cup of sun flower oil
1/2 tsp of praprika
2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese

(all mixed together and then brushed over the wedges, baked for about 45 mins on a high oven, turning twice and brushing as they cooked)

Salad

2 tomatoes sliced
2 chunks of cucumer diced
couple of iceburg lettce leaves
french dressing

French dressing

1/4 white wine vinger
3/4 olive oil
pinch of caster sugar
pinch of mixed herbs

Shake well


Burger's

500g of mince (pagkage said around 20% fat)
pinch of onion powder

gently made into 2 patties and put into the fridge for an hour as i had to go out, grilled under high heat for about 7 mins turned once and didnt flatten.


Didnt posion the wife so that was a positive thing ;)

All comments good and bad welcome...
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Old 08-05-2007, 02:54 PM   #10
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I think your presentation is beautiful. The salad dressing recipe sounds a little plain - you need some really good oil and vinegar for it to taste right. Personally I've been going back to bottled dressings. You could also try adding some darker leave lettuce to your salad (like baby spinach) and cut a little yellow pepper in it for another burst of color.

I'll have to try those potato wedges. They look and sound so yummy.
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