There’s a lot of debate over what’s better for you: Homemade hamburgers or frozen. No there isn’t. There’s no debate at all. I just thought it’d be good, as a professional blogger, to open this post with some sort of controversy. Ya know? To grab your attention and make it seem like I’d done some investigative work and research.
WAIT! I did kind of! I’ve spent a lot of nights eating hamburgers over the course of my life. I’ve made them every which way possible and I can tell you the best way to make them involves two things. A few additional ingredients to the actual ground beef (sacrilegious to most I know) and being as gentle as possible with mixing and forming the meat.
Yes, yes, I know. You’re disagreeing. . You’re throwing your arms in the air and cursing the day you started reading this post written by this hamburger idiot.
Everyone calm down. Seriously.
So, to make some super-delicious hamburgers you need a little more than just a mess of ground beef. For starters you can grind your own beef with a blade or cross rib roast. I show you how to do it, if you’re interested, right here.
With a few ingredients you probably already have around the kitchen you can make a great, big, juicy hamburger tonight! You have imported Asian truffle foam rooted by a one-eyed panda bear, right? (canned is fine)
And yes. I love my little man, Fred and Friends salt and pants shakers too. Plus I love them even more because they’re, like, $7. A hamburger costs more.
Unless you make it yourself.
The only thing you really have to remember here is to not mix after adding each ingredient. Add everything and then gently mix it all together just until combined, otherwise your ground beef will become mush.
And for everyone over fits over adding 1/4 of a cup of dry bread crumbs and the egg yolks this does not make it meatloaf. It does not. It really is still a hamburger. The tiny amounts of these two things act as a binder so your hamburger doesn’t fall apart on the BBQ.
Tune in next week for the next big debate: What’s better for you? Frozen or homemade ice cubes.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 egg yolk
- ¼ cup finely (very finely) diced red onion. (you want it so small that once it cooks it disappears)
- 1 Tbsp ketchup
- 1 Tbsp dijon
- 2 shakes Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup breadcrumbs (just enough to aid in binding)
- salt & pepper
- Mix together all ingredients gently. You don't want to mush and mash it.
- Form into patties.
- BBQ or cook in cast iron pan until done to your liking.
- Top with your favourite toppings!