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Unread 09-01-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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back to basics: Burgers

how do you like your burgers? what type of beef, whats in em, what on em?

i like to use ground chuck, about 75% lean. usually i add a bit of garlic powder, some onion powder, salt and pepper to taste. every now and then i will thow in some chunks of cheese and some bacon crumbles.

i grill em with a little seasoned salt, then simply top them with cheese and bacon, sometimes a bit of BBQ sauce as well all on a buttered and grilled bun.

even when not grilling, the buttered and grilled bun is what makes it. so before i fry a burger on my stove top, the bun still gets buttered and grilled in the pan first.

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Unread 09-01-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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For me:

I like 75/25 or at most, 80/20.

Like may patty fairly thin. I really hate burgers that turn into a round ball and don't cover the bun.

Steaks rare, but burgers cooked all the way thru

Buns that are a thing to hold the burger and not a half loaf of bread.

grill the buns, unless they happen to be super fresh and pillowy then I leave plain

Gotta melt on the cheese.

Toppings? Keep it simple; pickle, onion, mustard, ketchup.

Lastly, I prefer burgers cooked on a flat top rather than grilled.
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Store bought ground chuck isn't really made from a chuck steak, it just complies with the 80/20 percentage of meat to fat that defines "ground chuck". If you really want an amazing burger, buy a chuck steak and grind it at home. The loose texture from a home grinder makes for a really tender burger that cooks fast and melts in your mouth. Since you are using a chuck steak instead of scraps from all over the animal, you can leave them medium rare (my preference) with confidence.
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Unread 09-02-2012, 08:48 AM   #4
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how do you like your burgers? what type of beef, whats in em, what on em?

i like to use ground chuck, about 75% lean. usually i add a bit of garlic powder, some onion powder, salt and pepper to taste. every now and then i will thow in some chunks of cheese and some bacon crumbles.

i grill em with a little seasoned salt, then simply top them with cheese and bacon, sometimes a bit of BBQ sauce as well all on a buttered and grilled bun.

even when not grilling, the buttered and grilled bun is what makes it. so before i fry a burger on my stove top, the bun still gets buttered and grilled in the pan first.
Instead of using regular butter, use garlic butter that is used to make garlic bread instead.
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Unread 09-02-2012, 09:14 AM   #5
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Instead of using regular butter, use garlic butter that is used to make garlic bread instead.
i do that from time to time. not always, but once in a while i will slap some garlic butter on there for a little extra flavor
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Unread 09-02-2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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Throw some Gorgonzola cheese crumbles on meat for about 5 min before done= quite fabulous
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Unread 09-03-2012, 07:46 AM   #7
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I mix mine with a mesquite rub mix I got at Costco, use 80/20 burger, soak the patties with Worcestershire sauce when I put em on the grill.
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Use two thirds lean ground beef and one third lean ground pork. I know it may sound weird, but it makes a flavorful juicy burger that is not greasey.
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Unread 09-03-2012, 02:15 PM   #9
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80/20 ground chuck. Cooked on flat top with Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick. Slightly toasted bun. No butter. Brush a little bar b q on each side while cooking
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80/20 ground chuck. Cooked on flat top with Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick. Slightly toasted bun. No butter. Brush a little bar b q on each side while cooking
This sounds great... Montreal Steak Seasoning is one of my favorite seasonings and I think that every burger that doesn't have some BBQ sauce on it is missing something. Letting it caramelize on the bun just takes it to the next level.
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Unread 09-03-2012, 06:15 PM   #11
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Try the hot version of that seasoning. Its pretty good. And for bar b q try Stubbs. Its got some bite to it and its pretty good
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Unread 09-03-2012, 06:29 PM   #12
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I love buttered buns
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Lipton onion soup mix, shredded hot pepper cheese.
Mix it all together a hour or so before cooking.
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I like to use ground sirloin with some ground pork sausage for the fat. As for stuff with the meat salt and pepper are normal for me sometimes I go crazy and add lots of stuff.
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Unread 09-07-2012, 01:10 PM   #15
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I like to use 75/25 or 80/20 as well and put a little Aunt Paula's cajun seasoning (wife's aunt brews up some awesome cajun seasoning in Louisiana), some Whatsthatthere sauce, little onion powder and ground pepper cooked over coals with a little mesquite wood mixed in and dry toast the buns on the grill.

Now y'all knock this off 'cause y'all are really making me hungry for burgers.
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