Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Perfect Burger



I have been cooking a lot.  There have been ups (these delightful burgers) and downs (chicken thigh panic attack of 2014.) (Don't ask.) (Of course you can if you want to, but I mean, it's what it sounds like. I didn't have the right cookware, the temperature was so hot, the fire alarms were going off every two seconds, etc.) I have always enjoyed cooking but never really had an opportunity.  When I lived at home, my mom cooked and even if I tried to cook, she'd take over.  I cooked a turkey once with my sister though.  Weeeelll... we put it in a brine.  And my mom cooked it.  Anyway. 

Now that I don't have as much money to go out to eat slash have access to cheaper grocery stores than the expensive mom and pop shops in the North End, I have been spending a lot more time in the kitchen!  And guys, these burgers.  They're... I mean, maybe the best burgers I've ever had.  

I followed this recipe by Bobby Flay (who I hate... he's so damn smug. I'll never forgive him for those throwdown challenges where he expected to win over Paula Deen and other great cooks known for specific dishes. NEVER. FORGIVE.)   But, it's called "Perfect Burger Recipe" for a reason, because it's perfect.  And easy.  And perfect.  

My only change was making 1/2 pound burgers (because whatever) and flattening them a little bit so they cooked evenly.  I seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder (because whatever.)  I cooked four minutes on one side and five on the other (adding the cheese in the last minute) and they came out perfectly medium rare/medium - which is just how I like it.  

Here's how I made them better though!!!! 

I got really good buns.  I also bought really good buns.  See what I did there?  I complimented my own butt.  OK, moving on... I bought really good ciabatta buns.  And toasted them. 

I got really good sharp cheddar cheese from Trader Joe's and really good 85% lean ground beef.  I also got awesome uncured apple smoked bacon from Trader Joe's.  Bacon is generally delicious, but this bacon takes it to the next level.  I was eating turkey bacon for a while there and now I'm afraid I just can't.  Sorry, body.

I mixed sriracha with mayonnaise and made a spicy mayo.  Spicy mayo is my favorite mayo. Beau had regular ketchup and mustard (boring.)

I added dill pickles, white onions and romaine lettuce.  But the best part of this perfect burger?  You can add whatever you damn well please!  It's your perfect burger!  Go ahead and add whatever greens, vegetable or fried macaroni and cheese you want.  

I just had to share that... because they were that good.  And simple! And cheap!  I mean, Trader Joe's is the best because it's so inexpensive.  And you have enough ingredients (aside from maybe the beef) to make them again and again for the price of one burger meal at a restaurant.  

My next challenge is to take on some of Bob's Burger's.  Even though some of them sound gross.  I'll just exchange all the gross ingredients with bacon and spicy mayo!  ... I'm going to eat the same burger every time, aren't I?  Yes.  Damn proud. 

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