Happy 4th of July!!!
Hello! Sorry for the delay, we meant to upload these yummy recipes for the 4th of July. However, our busy schedules got the best of us again! Today, we’ll show you how to make a classic American dish: burgers!!! Here, we did our burgers two ways. First we have a classic BBQ burger with cheese, bacon, grilled onions, coleslaw, and a yummy sauce. Next we have a very traditional burger, our take on in-n-out and upscale bar american food with Parmesan crisp, lettuce, tomato, onions, and a tasty spread. Both of them are extremely delicious and great ways to spruce up the traditional burger. ENJOY!
What You Need…about 6-8 servings
- 1 lb Beef Chuck (at least 10% fat)
- 1lb Beef Sirloin (20% fat recommended)
- 4 slices of bacon cut into small slices
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 whole onion
- hamburger buns (we used onion buns)
- cheddar cheese (we have a block pictured below, but sliced will be best)
What to Do:
Prep Work: slice onions and dice garlic. Saute both until both are caramelized and brown. Also, saute the bacon slices until crisp. Save the bacon fat.
Mix your meats in a large mixing bowl. Shape/Mold your burger to fit your bun, thickness is up to you. Make sure however that the burger is wider than your bun because the meat will shrink in size once you cook the meat.
Season with salt/pepper on both sides before cooking (like steak). Make sure to indent the center of the meat so that when cooking, the edges of the meat will not rise to be higher than than the center.
In a pan, add 1 part canola or vegetable oil and 1 part bacon fat. Sear one side of the burger for 1 minute. Flip and sear 2nd side for 3 minutes. Base the burger with the grease in the pan. Flip burger over and cook for 2 more minutes for a medium-rare to medium (perfect).
Assembly for BBQ Burger
Extra things you will need: bbq sauce, coleslaw
We want cheddar cheese to be melted onto the meat. Right before the meat was about done, we placed a slice of cheese on top of the meat so that the cheese would melt. For the BBQ burger, we made a special BBQ sauce. It takes about 20 minutes to make this sauce, so it would be wise to prepare this sauce during your prep work. If you don’t want to make a sauce, feel free to use a bbq sauce from a bottle.
BBQ Sauce: 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup worchestire sauce, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup molasses, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup brown sugar, generous sprinkles of onion powder, garlic powder and ground mustard. Mix all together and bring to boil. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until sauce thickens.
When ready, assemble the burger: Bun–> meat–> cheese–>grilled onions–>bacon crisps–>bbq sauce–> coleslaw–>bun !!!
We made a coleslaw the week before using a recipe we got from a soul food book. We love it! If you would like the recipe, please give us a message and we will gladly give it to you.
Assembly for Twist on Classic
Extra things you will need: grated parmesan, tasty sauce, tomato slices, arugula
Instead of regular slice of cheese, we made a parmesan crisp. To make one quick and easy, heat up a fry pan and grab a good handful of the grated cheese and sprinkle onto pan so that you make a round thin layer of cheese on the pan. Heat for about 2 minutes, flip and heat another 2 minutes.
For the special sauce, we made a quick thousand island like sauce –our hommage to the famous animal style sauce from in-n-out.
Sauce recipe: mix 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup mayo, 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, and 1-1 1/2 tablespoon of relish.
assemble like this: bun–> sauce–>meat–> parmesan crisp–>arugula –> tomato slice–> sauce–>bun
Note: it doesn’t really matter how you assemble the burger…this is just a guide on how we did it.