I’m stepping out of my comfort zone today and bringing to you an experience I had a few weekends ago. My very first try at homemade beef burgers! When it comes to cooking, I am not the greatest, but with the help of my housemate and best friend, we cooked up some real good beef!
This is the year that I really started getting into cooking and baking. When you have someone helping you who knows what they’re doing and you have access to hundreds of Tasty and Buzzfeed Food videos…it’s easy to get inspired.
I am a huge meat lover. I really never gave homemade burgers a second thought. Being a student, I usually opted for the Happy Meal at McDonalds, or everybody’s favourite…the frozen patties from Costco. Well, my mind sure did change after kneading the beef, combining a mixture of savory spices – simply amazing.
For the patties…
1/2 lb. of ground beef
1 pinch of ground pepper
1 pinch of desired seasoning
1 pinch of salt
A dash of cayenne pepper (add to liking)
1/2 clove of garlic (or pinch of garlic powder)
1 c. of shredded cheese
For everything else…
Various vegetables (tomatoes, red onion, pickles)
2 large hamburger buns
Desired condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish)
Going to the grocery store, buying the ingredients, and prepping the burgers to cook took all around about two hours. Most of that time was spent gathering the ingredients.
- In a large mixing bowl, put the ground beef for the patties along with one egg. Mix and knead well.
- Add garlic, ground pepper, cayenne pepper (as well as any other seasonings you wish to add to your patties) and knead well.
- Divide the mixture in half, lightly shaping the half into a pattie (Note: DO NOT pack together hard – the beef will not cook as well). Do this again with the other half of the beef.
- Place on a plate, cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for 20-25 minutes.
Once we got home, we broke out the meat, put it in a mixing bowl, added one egg and all of the spices except the salt. After searching and watching lots of different videos (linked below), we found that adding salt into the mix dries out the meat.
Once the meat was mixed up, we stuck it in the fridge with some cling wrap over the top to let the meat get nice and cold. This was a trick we picked up from this video. It helps to keep the patties’ shape and conserve all of the spices! While those were sitting in the fridge, we cut up the toppings of the burger – tomatoes, cheese, avocado, and onions – as well as made our side salad!
Cooking the Beef!
Since we are living in a student house, we don’t have access to the finest of cooking tools (a.k.a. no grill), so we used a pan! While the patties were chilling, we heated up the pan.
- After the patties have been in the fridge, take them out and season with salt.
- Place each patty on the pan – seasoned side down. While cooking, season the face side up patty.
We placed the patties directly on the seasoned side and let it cook for approximately 15 minutes – watching to see it cook all the way through the face down side.
Look at the juicy beef!
Once we could see the beef had cooked about half way to the middle, we flipped the burger over, and let it cook for another 15 minutes until we saw that it had cooked all the way through to the other side! Letting it cook a few extra minutes, we tossed on some cheddar and mozzarella and let it melt all over the two patties – yummy!
The side salad was an added bonus that my house mate made. Together, she mixed up some diced cucumber, tomatoes, onions and added balsamic, garlic and avocados with a light topping of salt! It was delicious. It was super easy to make and tasted delicious with the burgers!
The Final Results
Making something from scratch just tastes so much better when you get around to eating it. Making our own patties was well worth the prep time and I must say, that packed pattie was the most delicious burger! As a side, we added the above salad mentioned, as well as some yummy baked crinkle-cut fries! Yum, yum, yum!!