Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Delicious Hamburgers

As some of you may know, I'm something of a burger connoisseur. I make it my mission to find excellent hamburgers, and classify establishments by the quality of their hamburgers. This weekend, Dave and I ventured to create our own burgers, and I have to say it was a wild success. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb of medium (or regular) ground beef (NOT lean or extra lean, these meats aren't juicy)
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • fresh ground pepper (or crushed peppercorns)
  • salt
  • about 2 tsps of Worcestershire sauce
Directions:
  • Put the meat into a largeish bowl. There should be plenty of extra space in the bowl.
  • Chop the shallot VERY finely
  • If you don't have a garlic press, repeat for the garlic. Otherwise, put the garlic through the press into the bowl with the meat
  • Toss the chopped shallot in too (it might be easier to do this gradually)
  • Fun part: use your hands to knead the shallot and garlic into the meat
  • Season generously with pepper and salt
  • Knead that in too
  • Add Worcestershire sauce
  • Keep kneading until it's all blended
  • Form the meat into tight patties (it's very important that they're not coming apart at the edges)
  • Grill to taste
  • Enjoy!

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