Thursday, May 7, 2009

Favorite Hamburger

Another great recipe from the Pioneer Woman.

2 pounds of 80/20 ground beef.
One red onion, sliced not too thick, not too thin. I cut the onion in half from bottom to top, then lay each half on its side, cut off the top, then slice away.
Crumbled blue cheese. If you think you’re not a big blue cheese fan, please give it a try on this burger.
Throw the hamburger into a medium mixing bowl. And here’s why I use 80/20 for burgers: It’ll stay juicier and more flavorful than lean ground beef will.
Never just grab a hunk of ground beef, form it into a patty, and season the outside—sacrilege! You must season all the meat evenly.

So to the bowl, add 1 teaspoon salt.Next, add 1/2 teaspoon, give or take, of ground black pepper.

Add a few dashes of Tabasco to the meat.Don’t be afraid! It adds just a tiny bit of spice, but a nice burst of flavor. I added a good five or six dashes.

Reach in one of your claw-like hands, and give it a good mixin’. Set the meat aside.

Next, for the onions, heat a medium skillet over low heat. Add in 2 tablespoons butter. Dump in the sliced red onions…And 2 (generous) tablespoons brown sugarGive it a toss to combine the ingredients, then allow the onions to caramelize over low heat for about twenty minutes, tossing occasionally, while we prepare the other ingredients and cook the burger itself.

While the onions are caramelizing, make the spicy mayo: Place 1/4 cup mayonnaise into a small bowl… And simply add a few dashes of Tabasco. Stir it together, and give it a little taste. You’d be surprised at how much Tabasco you can add before the spicy takes over.

Next, slice the Kaiser rolls in half (if they aren’t already halved) and spread each half with about 1/2 tablespoon butter.

Then throw ‘em on a skillet or grill pan over medium heat. We just want to lightly grill/toast the rolls so they’ll be tough enough to hold the spicy mayo…and the burger itself.

So let’s make the patties.Reach into the bowl and grab a hunka hunka burnin’ beef.Form a patty and throw it on a grill pan or skillet over medium to medium-low heat. Not too hot or the burger will smoke somethin’ silly.Allow it to cook about 3 minutes, then use a spatula to rotate it 45 degrees. Continue cooking it for 3 to 4 minutes. Rotating it will cause lovely little grill marks on the burger. Flip patty and cook other side.

With tongs, add a heapin helpin’ of the gloriously delicious onions to the top of the patty.Immediately add a nice helping of crumbled blue cheese

While the burger is finishing cooking, slather the spicy mayo on both halves of the Kaiser roll. Now just grab a nice handful of greens and plop them on the top.

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