Hamburgers have to be the all-time universal food – but we all know that no two hamburgers are the same. So, we’re not going to talk about fast-food – I’m going to give you one of my favourite recipes which always seems to please those that get to experience it first hand.
For me, the key to a great hamburger is two-fold; preparation and BBQ. Even if it’s the middle of winter, I’ve always found it worth while to get out there and fire up the grill.
So enjoy these burgers!
Gourmet Burgers – my custom recipe…
I like to make enough for 12-14 burgers (I freeze half for a future easy meal) plus a meatloaf (which I also freeze for a future meal).
In a large mixing bowl (I use large silver bowl) add the following:
– 1-1/2 tbsp garlic powder
– 1 tbsp dried basil
– salt & pepper to taste
– 2-3 tbsp Italian seasoning
– 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
– 1/3 cup of brown sugar
– 1 tbsp chili powder
– 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
– 2 tbsp dijon mustard
– 1/2 – 1 cup of diced sweet onion
– 1 egg
– 3 tbsp beef boulion concentrate (liquid) stirred separately in 3-4 tbsp of water)
– 1 cup ketchup
Blend all the spices (dried only) together first in the bowl, then add the liquids. Stir all together.
Take your ground beef (I prefer lean) and break it up into small pieces and add to the large bowl of spices/liquid mixture. Then add the diced onions and mix everything thoroughly by hand (mush it all together)
Let this sit for about an hour, then form the patties and meatloaf (in meatloaf pan).
Cook burgers on the BBQ to desired tenderness.
Cook meatloaf at 350 degF for 1 hour (till cooked thoroughly). I like to add additional BBQ sauce to the top of the meatloaf before cooking.