Sometimes we like to get fancy here at Inside Tailgating. A tailgate is a great time to explore the cooking and baking boundaries that are possible. It is okay to soar to new heights of culinary delights. We love it. Throw a fancy sushi appetizer in along with your relish slaw. Add a cream cheese brownie pie to your homemade ice cream treat. All that is good. In fact it is perfect.
But sometimes you just need to go simple. Sometimes a simple everyday hamburger is just fine. Next time you can make the 100% steak burger recipe you have been wanting to try. Or add the black truffles or fancy, dancy mushroom next time. But today we want a simple no nonsense burger.
And here is a couple simple ones:
- 1 pound (450 g) ground beef chuck or round
- Salt and black pepper
- Butter, as needed
- Form beef into three 5 to 6 ounce hamburger patties. Use your thumb to imprint a dimple into the middle of each burger. (This prevents the middle of the burgers from puffing up while cooking). Season both sides of the hamburgers with salt and pepper.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a cast iron pan over medium heat. Cook hamburger patties 3 to 4 minutes on each side, depending on how well done you like it.
- Rest burgers covered loosely with aluminum foil for 5 minutes then serve on a buttered bun with lettuce, tomatoes and onion (or how you like it).
- 8 ounces chuck, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
- 8 ounces sirloin, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- In separate batches, pulse the chuck and the sirloin in a food processor 10 times.
- Combine the chuck, sirloin, and kosher salt in a large bowl.
- Form the meat into 5-ounce patties.
- Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Place the hamburger patties in the pan.
- For medium-rare burgers, cook the patties for 4 minutes on each side. For medium burgers, cook the patties for 5 minutes on each side.
- Flip the burgers only once during cooking.
- 1 pound ground beef chuck
- 2 ½ teaspoons Burger Seasoning
- 4 hamburger buns, for serving
- Combine ground beef and seasoning blend in a bowl and mix gently but thoroughly to combine. Divide mixture into 4 even portions and pat each portion into a flattened patty.
- Preheat grill to medium high. Grill beef burgers about 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium rare.
- Alternatively, heat a broiler to 500 degrees F and position an oven rack about 6 inches from the broiler unit.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and position an ovenproof rack on top of the baking sheet. Place the burgers on the rack and broil until just cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes
- Remove and serve burgers on buns garnished with desired condiments.