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    i've been on a burger cooking kick lately

    how do you cook yours? grill or pan
    what meat?
    what seasoning?
    condiments?
    cheese?
    toppings?
    does bacon make it better?
    bun choice?
    accompaniments?
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    i've been on a burger cooking kick lately

    how do you cook yours? grill or pan
    what meat?
    what seasoning?
    condiments?
    cheese?
    toppings?
    does bacon make it better?
    bun choice?
    accompaniments?
    Grilled ground short-rib burger with just a little salt and pepper and possibly a little onion powder mixed in.

    Served on a lightly toasted brioche bun with a little mayo, slice of fresh tomato, vidalia onion and crisp lettuce _or_ a thick melted slice of cheddar cheese and bacon.

    Accompany how you wish.

    Does bacon make it better? Is that truly a question?
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    Brilliant topic.

    I'll be cooking burgers today for the New Grandbaby welcome home from the hospital celebration.

    Grilled. And large diameter to fit on a larger bun.
    80% lean ground beef
    Typically a light bit of salt + pepper only - I want to taste the meat.
    Condiments vary by mood. Most often mustard. Sometimes catsup, or specialty catsup. Never relish.
    Cheese - only on rare occasions. More likely if it's just supermarket - or lower fat content - beef
    Toppings vary again, by mood. Most likely are sliced tomato and pickle. Sometimes lettuce. Sauerkraut rarely
    Bacon is mostly overkill. But same same as cheese.
    Buns are typically oversized whole grain. Or something interesting like the local bagel joint that makes 'em so plump that the center hole is vestigial - perfect burger buns with lots of varieties.
    Typical side dishes: potato salad; baked beans; cole slaw; greek salad; grilled mixed veggies; green salad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    Brilliant topic.

    I'll be cooking burgers today for the New Grandbaby welcome home from the hospital celebration.

    Grilled. And large diameter to fit on a larger bun.
    80% lean ground beef
    Typically a light bit of salt + pepper only - I want to taste the meat.
    Condiments vary by mood. Most often mustard. Sometimes catsup, or specialty catsup. Never relish.
    Cheese - only on rare occasions. More likely if it's just supermarket - or lower fat content - beef
    Toppings vary again, by mood. Most likely are sliced tomato and pickle. Sometimes lettuce. Sauerkraut rarely
    Bacon is mostly overkill. But same same as cheese.
    Buns are typically oversized whole grain. Or something interesting like the local bagel joint that makes 'em so plump that the center hole is vestigial - perfect burger buns with lots of varieties.
    Typical side dishes: potato salad; baked beans; cole slaw; greek salad; grilled mixed veggies; green salad.
    The same here but, NO PICKLE and I rarely use mustard. Everything else is about right.No mention of how it's cooked, me RARE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S.V. Airlie View Post
    The same here but, NO PICKLE and I rarely use mustard. Everything else is about right.No mention of how it's cooked, me RARE!
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    One that I didn't have to cook myself.
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    these two blends sound good, well the first one sounds good

    Fat Kid Blend: 70% lean muscle (chuck or round) ground with 30% bacon trimmings. This blend is meaty, smoky, and slightly sweet. Mylan suggests a lighter-smoked, breakfast-style bacon.

    Fat Kid Blend, “World of Warcraft edition”: Fat Kid Blend with sharp cheddar cheese and sour-cream-and-onion potato chips mixed in. “If you’re an antisocial stoner agoraphobe, this is for you,”
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    man, i have recently changed philosophy on burgers. i used to be charcoal grilled, with a little splash of Dales and some fresh cracked tellicherry pepper corns.

    but then i bought me a Blackstone outdoor griddle. and the times are a changin...


    now i'm loving the "smash burger" method. take a bunch of 1/2 cup of ground beef balls out to the griddle. get that bad boy good and hot. put the ball on the dry griddle (i have a super thin layer of oil down, wiped "dry" with a paper towel). smash the ball into a patty on the griddle. season the patty liberally with my tellicherry pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and kosher salt mix i make. DO NOT FLIP until you have to scrape it off. it leaves a nice crispy crunchy BEEF flavored patty.





    here they are getting some mushroom, onions, covered in swiss action



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    Buddy of mine was the cook at a local brew-pub. He had a burger on the menu called "The Squealer". It was about 75% lean beef, 20% ground pork and 5% chopped, partially pre-cooked smoky bacon. Served with a slice of cheddar, tomato, onion, lettuce and a dab of this sort of blended steak/bbq sauce on it. It's off the menu, now, but I'm drooling thinking about it.
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    no cheese, no bacon, two slices ripe tomato, crispy romaine, red onion, pepper, salt, mayo, grilled jalapeño, a couple bread and butter pickles. And a hammock afterwards.

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    I just go to Bubba's in Traverse City and order one. Or I wait for Friday night and go to burger night at the VFW Hall here in Frankfort. There are lots of places to get a good burger up here.

    My grilling time is reserved for cooking up cherry brats bought from a local market.

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    This thread should be safe to participate in. As far as I've seen nobody has been called a socialist or Nazi based on burger preferences.

    Grilled
    ground sirloin from local butcher shop
    salt, fresh ground black pepper
    Trader Joe Sriracha BBQ sauce
    no cheese
    chopped raw yellow onion, Trader Joe Hot & Sweet jalapeno slices
    no bacon
    no bun (I'm watching carbs to lose weight.)

    I like lots of different burger combos, but this has been my recent go-to.

    German potato salad, cole slaw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fonzoga View Post
    This thread should be safe to participate in. As far as I've seen nobody has been called a socialist or Nazi based on burger preferences.

    Grilled
    ground sirloin from local butcher shop
    salt, fresh ground black pepper
    Trader Joe Sriracha BBQ sauce
    no cheese
    chopped raw yellow onion, Trader Joe Hot & Sweet jalapeno slices
    no bacon
    no bun (I'm watching carbs to lose weight.)

    I like lots of different burger combos, but this has been my recent go-to.

    German potato salad, cole slaw
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    Griddled or grilled I don't care as long as the cook knows how to sear it without going hockeypuck.

    I don't particularly care which cut gets ground as long as the fat content is about 15-18%

    Garlic salt mixed in while forming the patty. Pepper afterward.

    A slice of cheddar, a slice of jack
    grilled onions and mushrooms
    A smear of super woo-woo-pinky-out fancypants mustard on warm simple bun. No brioche or pretzel or other trying too hard nonsense.
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    Local grass fed chuck - about 15-20%

    Grilled is best. Local cheddar on it, fresh real tomato, thin slice of red onion, salt & fresh ground pepper on the raw meat before cooking.

    Medium rare. Bit of ketchup on the side to dip it into.
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    I like mine slow grilled all the way through so no part of the beef is red but it is not burnt. This takes longer if the patty is thick so I try to make it thin to begin with. Chopped onion or chopped garlic from a clove added the patty before cooking is a nice variation.

    Then ketchup, gray poupon or spicy mustard, and a boat load of pickles or pickle relish. I mean the dang thing is largely an excuse to eat pickles and pickle relish. I add lettuce, tomato and onions if available.

    No cheese and absolutely no mayonnaise.
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    I like James Beard's cheeseburgers.

    Mix and form into patties:

    2 lbs ground chuck
    1 cup grated cheese (I like sharp Cheddar. Gruyere would also be nice)
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 teaspoon Tabasco (or hot sauce of choice)
    2 minced cloves of garlic
    1 teaspoon salt
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    Anything with real meat instead of thawed long frozen gray cardboard filler meal. Seems these days too much thought is put into the fixins and not enough into the meat.

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    picked up this cookbook

    "A Burger to Believe in"
    and it has a damn good burger in it. Buns are good, the idea of cheese mayo is great, damn good burger.

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    ^ yes i’d like some pickled rutabaga relish on my cheese burger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    ^ yes i’d like some pickled rutabaga relish on my cheese burger

    What's that in English?
    Don't seem to meet rutabagas in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    What's that in English?
    Don't seem to meet rutabagas in the UK.
    They are swede, what the Scots mistakenly call turnip.
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    so i really like the idea of a fried egg with a runny yoke on my burger
    but then they inevitably become burgers that fall about and get really messy to eat
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    so i really like the idea of a fried egg with a runny yoke on my burger
    but then they inevitably become burgers that fall about and get really messy to eat
    While off the burger topic, there used to be a fried chicken sandwich served with a fried egg with a runny yoke. Was called "The Mother and Child Reunion".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    so i really like the idea of a fried egg with a runny yoke on my burger
    but then they inevitably become burgers that fall about and get really messy to eat

    and?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    and?
    Exactly my thought.

    Going OT from burgers: while some might call it sacrilege, I love hash - corned beef, roast beef, roast pork - you name it. For a quick & easy hash, good burger makes an excellent one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    so i really like the idea of a fried egg with a runny yoke on my burger
    but then they inevitably become burgers that fall about and get really messy to eat
    If you want a burger, eat a burger...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    so i really like the idea of a fried egg with a runny yoke on my burger
    but then they inevitably become burgers that fall about and get really messy to eat
    I've done that, and loved it.

    I'm not sure at what point a burger is no longer a burger. A matter of interpretation, I suppose. But I don't much care... if it's delicious.

    Whole grain buns or bagel-buns (say, isn't that one of Kat's pet names for you?<G>) help with the fall-apart thing. Same reason I prefer a more substantial bread of pulled-pork sandwiches... instead of the traditional WhiteBread. Heresy... I know. But I choose it nonetheless.
    Last edited by David G; 07-10-2019 at 11:17 AM.
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    For buns, the original Hales Brewery would make their hamburger buns (and pizzas crusts and soft pretzels) with spent grain from the brewery. Now that was tasty bread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    so i really like the idea of a fried egg with a runny yoke on my burger
    but then they inevitably become burgers that fall about and get really messy to eat
    The original Red Robin near the UW campus before they became a chain, had a page of "Knife and Fork" burgers on the menu. The one with the fried egg was on that page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    The original Red Robin near the UW campus before they became a chain, had a page of "Knife and Fork" burgers on the menu. The one with the fried egg was on that page.
    That place was Great - at the University Bridge overlooking Portage Bay - I was a student, later employee in the Dept of Oceanography, ate there many times. The RR Chain now - not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wine47 View Post
    That place was Great - at the University Bridge overlooking Portage Bay - I was a student, later employee in the Dept of Oceanography, ate there many times. The RR Chain now - not so much.
    The Red Robin was the hangout for architecture students. I spent many hours there munching, drinking and sketching amid a haze of vegative smoke. The fact that that building was hanging on to the cliff by its toenails didn’t seem to bother us. Then they remodeled it and made the floors level.

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    today's lunch off the grill

    standard 80/20 ground chuck, with egg, minced garlic, worstesire sauce mixed and formed into 1/3 pound patties
    smokehouse cheddar slices
    grilled bacon slices
    toasted onion rolls
    mayonnaise
    bun sized fresh tomato
    vidalia onion
    lettuce

    summer/fridge pickles on the side

    cape cop potato chips

    iced cold coca~cola

    nap
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    today's lunch off the grill

    standard 80/20 ground chuck, with egg, minced garlic, worstesire sauce mixed and formed into 1/3 pound patties
    smokehouse cheddar slices
    grilled bacon slices
    toasted onion rolls
    mayonnaise
    bun sized fresh tomato
    vidalia onion
    lettuce

    summer/fridge pickles on the side

    cape cop potato chips

    iced cold coca~cola

    nap
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    today's lunch off the grill

    standard 80/20 ground chuck, with egg, minced garlic, worstesire sauce mixed and formed into 1/3 pound patties
    smokehouse cheddar slices
    grilled bacon slices
    toasted onion rolls
    mayonnaise
    bun sized fresh tomato
    vidalia onion
    lettuce

    summer/fridge pickles on the side

    cape cop potato chips

    iced cold coca~cola

    nap
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