There are some foods out there that when they are really good, rank as my all time favorite foods. Hamburgers are one of those foods. A medium rare, messy drippy and perfectly seasoned burger served with lettuce, tomato and dill pickle would have to be high on my list of favorite foods.
Now, if that burger is a little closer to medium, eh…I can pass. And if that burger is one that I could eat in a silk blouse without fear of dripping any of the juices…yeah, I'll save my fat grams for something else.
Because we live in a free world I will grant you your degree of ‘doneness' of your hamburgers. One of my beloved offspring won't eat his burger unless there is not a sign of pinkness anywhere…I don't understand it, but I grudgingly accept it.
However, we might just come to blows over the fat content of the burger. In my book, if you make hamburgers with lean ground beef you might as well just grill a chicken breast. So that's my line in the sand.
When I worked at Williams-Sonoma several years back, I had the opportunity to try several of their seasonings and food items. Heretofore, we had always just sprinkled salt and pepper on our burgers when we put them on the grill and called it done.
But after using their burger seasoning, I quickly became a convert and came up with a recipe that upped the flavor of the burger just enough without being THE flavor of the hamburger. I mix up a batch at the beginning of the summer and mix into our 80/20 ground beef or chuck for all our burgers.
Nutrition Information: Yield: 13 teaspoons Serving Size: 2 teaspoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 10 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 27mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g
Plus…this Hamburger Seasoning Mix is so good…it would make a great gift for that BBQ aficionado in your world. Just mix up a big batch of the stuff and put it in some fun jars and presto…great gift.
So in addition to this bang-up Hamburger Seasoning Mix, here are some other suggestions for making the best burgers:
Medium Rare…3 minutes, then flip and let cook for 4 minutes or internal temp of 130-135°
Medium…3 minutes, then flip and let cook for 5 minutes or internal temp of 135-150°
Medium Well…3 minutes, then flip and let cook for 6 minutes or internal temp of 150-165°
Well Done…3 minutes, then flip and let cook for 7 minutes or internal temp of 165° and up
8. Whatever you do, DO NOT PUSH YOUR HAMBURGERS DOWN WITH YOUR SPATULA! You will squeeze out all the goodness when you do.
9. Let your burger sit for about 5 minutes over a rack before placing them on a bun. This will allow and liquids to reabsorb or drain away so that your bun doesn't get soaked.
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