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Old 09-28-2013, 07:40 PM   #1
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Hamburger, recommendations please

I'm looking for good hamburger recipes and cooking techniques. I've tried ground round, beef and sirloin, pre frozen patties and even Philly Gourmet burgers from my local grocery store, but they don't taste as good as what I can buy at a local bar or car shows that I go to. I've cooked them on my Foreman grill and even on a regular propane grill.


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Old 09-29-2013, 07:33 AM   #2
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You can add almost anything to ground beef, but you need to start with good quality beef. I prefer ground chuck. True, it likely ain't the most healthful, but it makes great burgers. If your neighborhood permits it, you might try cooking your burgers over a open fire. Otherwise, I recommend charcoal over the Foreman grill or propane, but that is just my preference. You can devise a way to support a grate over the fire, such as a couple of cinder blocks and the grate from most any kind of grill.
One tip to remember: Don't press the burgers down with your spatula during cooking. Your burgers will probably cook faster but they will be dry.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:23 AM   #3
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I had some of the best burgers I've ever eaten last Fall at an aspirin shoot. The guy in charge of the burger added seasoning salt, Worcestershire and MSG. But I really think that it being 45F outside and blowin' like the dickens, coupled with somebody else was cooking them made them taste extra special. I haven't been able to replicate them.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:29 AM   #4
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You can kill two birds with one author, Marcel Desaulniers. Both your burger and chocolate cravings. "The Burger Meister" and "Death by Chocolate".
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:34 PM   #5
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I only use Costco hamburger and usually cook at least 12 patties at a time for the two of us. We eat two, and I freeze the rest. With this method my only goal is for a good, doesn't have to be like a fabulous $15 burger, just good. I usually reach that goal simply by wrapping the burger with sandwich wrap paper. (even the microwaved ones) Just a few seconds improves the burger. Ditto almost any other sandwich. Sandwiches like to be swaddled.
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:35 PM   #6
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70% fat free ground chuck, preferably ground at home. Form patties, do not press too hard, just firm enough, season in both sides with the seasoning you like. Preheat the grill so it is hot then cook on both sides. Do not overcook. Use good buns, sometimes good bun can make even bad hamburger good. Add whatever you like: cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried mushrooms (my favorite), onion, sauteed onions, pickle. Well, you get the picture.
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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I get 1/3 pound hamburger patties from Omaha Steaks. I can fry them in a skillet, grill them on my George Foreman, toss them on the gas grill, or broil them in the oven, then I add bacon strips and jalopy pepper slices on top, melt real cheddar cheese slices on top of that to hold the bacon and peppers in place, and let it rest for 10 minutes. I put the burgers on a fresh whole grain bun with ketchup and mustard on the bottom and chipotle mayonnaise or thousand island dressing, lettuce and tomato on top. For friends I can add sliced red onion, but onions and I have a mutual non-aggression pact, so there's never any onions on mine.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:10 PM   #8
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Ground chuck patties seasoned simply with S&P and grilled on a screaming hot charcoal hibachi are da bomb. Best burgers in L.A.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:27 PM   #9
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Grind your own. Chuck makes great burgers.

I use salt and cayenne on mine usually. Grill em on a very hot grill...

And as Charlie pointed out, a great bun elevates a burger.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:46 PM   #10
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Adding some fresh parsley and finely chopped garlic is a great way to produce a tasty burger! Using freshly ground mince with some fat content definitely produces the best results.
As CharlieD says don't press the burger down when its cooking, best to press it down fairly flat before you put it on to cook, that way it will cook through and stay moist.

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