Intro: The Perfect Hamburger
This is for the perfect hamburger it's a simple recipe that tastes great. I hope you enjoy
Step 1: Step 1 Prepping the Ground Beef
Take one pound of ground beef, turkey or whatever meat you prefer & lay it out then flatten. Not too much though because it will make it harder to work w/ down the road. Then sprinkle w/ a liberal amount of kosher salt & kneed together till it is thoroughly mixed.
Step 2: Step 2 Weighing Out the Meat
Split the meat into equal portions.
Step 3: Step 3 Forming the Patties
If you don't have a patty press then form your patties as evenly as possible. But if you do have a patty press I recommend covering the patty press with wax paper so that the meat doesn't make too much of a mess & it's also allot easier to clean up. Then press the lid down after you have it adjusted to the proper thickness & re-do it with the second patty.
Step 4: Step 4 Resting the Meat
Let the patties sit for no less then ten minutes. It allows the salt to properly adjust the flavors of the meat to make it juicier & also allows the juices to re-distribute when it is cooked.
Step 5: Step 5 Let the Cooking Begin
Set your range to medium because it will cook the meat properly & not burn it if watched well. I use a griddle 'cause it heats up faster & holds the heat better but you can use a pan as well just follow the same steps.
1: Put pan or griddle on stove & till it is heated up to a point where you can put your hand about three inches above the pan & you can feel some serious heat.
2: Then place the patties on the pan.
Step 6: Step 6 Cooking the Patties
Cook the patties till they are showing about 1/4" cooked on the underside when they are flipped they will have a nice crust on the once underside. Then wait till the burgers are fully cooked to your desired doneness.
Step 7: Step 7 Making the Best Toasted Buns Ever
Put your buns onto the griddle & toast till the edges are nice & toasted.
Step 8: Step 8 Don't Forget
If you want cheese burgers, add the cheese to the freshly cooked patties right after they are pulled from the grill/or pan let them sit there for about 3-5 min to allow the juices to redistribute through the meet.
Step 9: Step 9 Doctoring Your Buns
Yes I know it sounds silly so :P
Once the buns are pulled from the griddle they should look like this, add a thin layer of mayo or miracle whip & some freshly ground pepper & then immediately place the hot patties to create a killer sauce under the patty
Step 10: Step 10 FINALLY!!!!!!
Now plate w/ a nice helping plate of home made french fries (they will come in a later instructable)