Let's do a burger thread, shall we?
First, burger theory.
All ground beef should be either ground chuck or sirloin, with an 80/20 meat to fat ratio. I'm not to big on preseasoning my beef either, nor do I condone excessive handling of the meat (to much fondling causes the fat to be pushed out of the ground, decreasing flavor. Fat is your friend) prior to forming the patties. I normally form my patties and then add salt n pepper to the top.
Contrary to popular belief, the tastiest burger is cooked in a well seasoned cast iron skillet, with a hot charcoal grill a close second. Propane is for newbs.
Now that I am done bloviating, here's a great burger recipe:
Makes 4 burgers.
2lbs ground chuck, 80/20
1 large Vidalia onion
8 strips thick cut bacon
4 slices artisan pepper jack cheese
1/4 hellmans mayo
1 tsp ground chipotle
4 large soft seeded rolls of your choice
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
At least an hour but preferable a few hours beforehand mix the mayo and chipotle and refridgerate.
Preheat skillet to ash gray hot.
Slice onion into 4, 1/2" thick slices, coat with olive oil and dust with salt.
Cook bacon,wipe out skillet, reserve half of bacon fat. Cook onion in bacon fat til carmelized and tender, but retaining round
Shape. The onion will want to cup on you, so use something to hold it down, I always keep a brick wrapped in clean fool as a weight.
The beef. Take the ground chuck and divide into 4 parts. Gently(!) roll each into baseball size balls. Place a ball on a dinner plate and use a glass pie plate (see thru!!!) to flatten the balls into 5" wide, 3/4" thick patties. By now your onions are cooked. Split you buns butter them lightly and toast the grilled cheese style till brown. Wipe out skillet, get it ash gray hot again and cook burgers to desired doneness. Now in this order, place onion, bacon then cheese on top of eAch, add the water and quickly cover skillet to steam-melt the cheese into to bacon and onion.
Smear the toasted buns with the chipotle mayo add lettuce, ketchup and mustard if you want and enjoy.
Let's hear some others!!!!!!