I am looking for opinions on what makes a good hamburger. Fresh Buns, Meat and/or toppings. What places are good? Anyone know anything about In and Out Burgers or Twisted Root? What about turkey burgers, bison burgers, elk burgers etc.?
Bison burgers tend to be a bit dry as bison are much leaner than cattle. Go for meat that has at least 2-4% fat or you'll get a dry burger.
I like mine topped with avocado slices or guacamole, pickles and Ezekiel bun.
Good point about bison meat. There is a place here in Dallas that serves bison burgers. They are pretty good. When I make turkey burgers I work in some olive oil to counter the lack of fat. Would that work for lean meat like Bison?
I know you posted this 8 weeks ago.. and no doubt your buns are as stale as the thread.. but.. I reckon what really makes a great burger is that the meat doesn't Bark as you apply the mayo!
Not ham, that's for sure lol!
I always think that cheese and relish make the burger though
I think I saw a diner somewhere that put ham on their burgers. I don't remember much more than that. I think I agree with you about the ham.
There is a jalapeno cheddar cheese I like to put on burgers. Swiss and blue cheese can be good too.
What type of relish do you use? I am not used to relish on burgers.
Jalapenos kill me. But there's this grill near my home that serves pastrami kobe burgers. It's a huge kobe burger served with a stack of pastrami and topped with a slice of cheese. Your choice of cheese, of course. Heart be still. It takes over an hour to finish half of it. But that's why they have a huge selection for the beer drinkers. I settle for ice tea or old fashion root beer. Helps washing the burger down!
Hey Leroy try this...Grind up corned beef about 1/3 with your ground beef about 2/3, patty it up and top it with swiss and thousand island. You can add a little kraut if you like...a reuben burger !! Sounds crazy but it's awesome !!
Toasting the bun , making sure the meat is cooked with onions, plenty of salad + sauce ! This was cooked on an open fire !
I think ground chuck makes the best homemade burgers. Of course, they need to be charcoal grilled and topped with caramelized onions and served on an onion roll!
Onion roll, good suggestion. Charcoal grilling is fun. Have you ever grilled in the snow?
I have only had bison burgers once. I think they mixed some pork into the patty. Is Ted's Montana grill in Montana? I 'd like to try and look it up.
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Everything that goes into a burger has to be good to make it good.
Bread: Cannot be too rich, has to be equal to or smaller than the size of the patty, and not thicker than 2 inches
Patty: Must be coarse ground at least twice, and only seasoned before cooking
Toppings: Whatever floats your boat as long as its good
Whole bun lightly toasted on the inside.
Ground beef pattie about 1/2 pound of meat.
beetroot (yes beetroot)
eggs, preferably two
Choice of eating with hands or with knife and fork
I believe burger king make a good hamburger after what happened to Macdonalds.....
I like a mix of chuck and sirloin. More sirloin than chuck though because the chuck is there to keep the hamburger juicy while the sirloin gives great flavor. I don't dress it up after I've grilled it on my george foreman grill. I just put it in a plain bun and I'm good to go.
Just my opinion, of course, but when I make burgers, I must have REAL CHEDDAR cheese, not the processed stuff that you get on burger joint burgers.
One of the most common mistakes I see people make is to tightly pack and form the patty, which will make it tough and chewy - if you handle it as little as possible, shape as loose as you and and let the frying bind it and keep it intact (and don't push down on it as it's cooking) you will have a much juicier, more tender burger. Also, set the patty in a hot pan and don't touch it until it's ready to flip . . . then turn the heat down lower until it's fully cooked (med/rare)this seals in the juices and flavor.
Now, I'm from California so I grew-up with Mayonnaise, lettuce, onions, etc - but sometimes the most enjoyable burger I have is; cook the burger as above, butter the bun and grill it to oldened brown under the broiler, heavily salt and pepper the burger (preferable sea salt), and top with nothing but pickles . . . extra dill pickles. The acidity of the pickles cuts the fat of the burger and the heavy salt & pepper cuts the creamy richness of the butter - it's a very nice combination when you're really in the mood for a beefy (rather than an elaborately topped) burger.
. . . however, nothing beats a perfectly ripe avocado and crispy bacon with good mayonnaise.
Nice tips on using a griddle or pan. Some times here in Texas we forget we don't have to use the charcoal grill. The last combination of avocados, bacon and mayonnaise is one of my favorites, My avocados are usually in the form of freshly made guacamole.
Lots of topppings
pickles and chips too
tomato and onion very important
Are you saying that you put chips on the burger? I have heard about people doing that. Is there a crunch factor?
I think I might try placing some potato chips on my burger next time I make them.
I use a combo of ground trukey and ground beef or ground turkey and ground chicken depending on what I am in the mood for and I alway put in the lipton onion soup mix in my meat for seasoning along with garlic and some peper. Then I make them into patties (however big you want them) and then grill them, not pan fry or bake. You can use a foreman grill as well if it is to cold outsie. That is how I make my burgers LOL
prime quality ground beef with a high fat content, that is what gives it flavor. The less you handle the beef the better. I prefer to pan fry my burgers this creates a nice golden crust sealing in all the flavor of the beef.
Did you know it is actually taboo to put ketchup on your burger?
Sorry I cut that short.
I used to work at Burger King. I think they did exactly the opposite of what you wrote. Preformed frozen patties, a chain conveyor belt oven, and ketchup spiraling from the outer edges to the center. Consider that proof that your way is much better.
Thanks leroy64, so now I have to ask.....how the heck to they create that smoke bellowing out of the roof that smells "broiled"?
You know who I think is worse than burger king is Red Robin..They use a tvp mixture in the beef which blows my mind considering the burger is over 10 bucks!
I have no clue about the smoke at Burger King. I assume they have to vent the 800 degree "broiler" and the deep fryers. I wouldn't put it past them to augment the odor of the smoke to draw people in.
I not familiar with Red Robin. i see the ads; but, there isn't one near me. Anything like Chili's or TGI Fridays?
leroy, if anyone makes a hamburger for me, I will be so grateful that I will consider it a good hamburger. As far as jenubouka goes, I only expect top stuff from her. Lately, I've been frequenting a local place in Sacramento that sells exotic meat burgers. I do like the kobe burgers with pastrami stacked on top. I have tried the elk, bison, and ostrich burgers, but these days, I've been sticking to the kobe/pastrami burgers. And designer root beer on the side.
Designer root beer? You got my attention.
There is a place in Oklahoma that makes its own root beer; but, they stick with beef on burgers.
The comment to Jenubouka was in reference to Burger King's use of ketchup on their burgers. (I worked their when I was in high school.) I might not have been clear about what I was talking about.
Ahh thanks Arlene, Kobe burgers are the absolutely best thing that can come between a bun!
Since you asked in your original post about good burger places, there are a couple that I know of in Kansas. One is in Wichita, called Bionic Burger. They should have named it Heavenly Burger, because that's what they taste like.
The other is a little hole in the wall joint in Salina that's been there since 1922, called the Cozy Inn. They make little palm-sized burgers, called sliders, that you buy by the dozen. When you go there, you just cannot believe the smell, it's overwhelmingly intoxicating.
I believe one of the secrets of both these joints is, they cook their burgers with onions.
Thanks. I have only been to Kansas once, and I did not have time to stop for food. Onions are a great way to add flavor.
Do they have a website? Yum yum! The best burger I have discovered in Eastern Wa is at the Gorge Amphitheater, the bun, the meat, and I think they use onions like you said.
In Seattle there is the "every thang" burger at Lake Union, it literally takes a hack saw to cut.
Throw some nyquil in with your ground beef. The liquid licoricey flavor seeps into the flavor of your delicious burgers.
Intriguing; but, I think I will stick with fennel seeds to get the licorice taste.
It’s a combination of everything:
Fresh homemade bun,
Some fresh produce has to go in it, I always like tomato instead of ketchup and lettuce, or thinly cut cabbage is really nice too, it adds crunchiness, which is always lovely
Char grilled meat is always better and it has to be JUICY
Mustard is THE most important condiment
Jalapenos are a plus
Just yesterday I saw "The F Word" program with Chef Gordon Ramsey? He made char grilled hamburgers, preparing the meat with chopped red onion, old fashioned Dijon mustard, Tabasco and worcestershire sauce. Then he melted buffalo mozzarella on top and ate them with a white bread bun. My mouth just melted and I am neither big hamburger nor big meat eater. I found them very special.
Slightly toasted, plus
Slightly buttery kaiser roll
X-tra lean burger medium well,
with mesquite smoked flavor
grilled with onions
cold tomatoe slice
touch of mayo
Kosher dill chip slices
topped with mild cheddar or
pepper jack slice
hint of blue cheese dressing (optional)
Homemade burger supreme!
There's a meat market here in my town that grinds bacon and mixes it into the hamburger meat. The results are juciy and delicious! I agree with others that a great hamburger also needs to be grilled over a charcoal fire. I'm not a big bread lover; I prefer the whole-grain thin sandwhich rounds that are out now as opposed to a thick, fluffy bun.
I can see where grinding bacon into the meat would help the juiciness and the flavor. I will have to try the sandwich rounds.
charcoal grilled is good, a fresh large slices of tomato, crisp lettuce and pickle are good addition
I say go for leaner meat such as sirloin or chuck with 5-7 % of fat or you will wind up with a dry burger! I don't know much about Bison or Elk burgers. What's a burger without a little Worcestershire sauce? I eat my burger with muchrooms, avocado, onions and bacon on a Whole Foods oatmeal or wheat bun.
In and Out Burgers I heard by my son were very delicious! Too bad they don't have any In and Out Burgers on the East Coast.
We have an In and Out burger here but the lines are ridiculously long. They must be good. Is the Avocado sliced? I usually turn my avocados into Guacamole before I place it on a hamburger.
Meat like bison and Elk is naturally lean. You have to work extra with it to avoid a dry burger. There is a butcher shop/cafe in a small town near me that serves bison. They mix a small amount of pork with the bison.
I found this great hamburger spice from a company called prima spices.
by jaydawg808 9 years ago
Is it weird to order burgers "plain"?Like when I eat at fast food restaurants, I always order my burger plain or chicken sandwich plain. I can't have the cheese, can't have mayo, and just think it's easier for them to slap together. Is this weird?
by rfox21 9 years ago
Beef or turkey burgers -which do you prefer?
by sabrinaaq 11 years ago
I like hamburgers with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and avocados!
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