Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Corinn's Spicy Hamburgers

The nutrition facts were designed at Calorie Count!

Corinn's Spicy Hamburgers 

Burger patties:
1 pound ground beef 80/20 (not any leaner than that)
1 minced shallot or 1/4 of a minced purple onion
2 cloves minced or crushed garlic
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 egg
1/4 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce

Garnishes (all are optional and not included in the nutrition facts):
Green leaf lettuce or arugula
Sliced purple onion
Sliced dill or bread n' butter pickles
Sliced tomatoes
Sliced avocado
Sliced cheese of your choice (I find Havarti, baby Swiss and sharp cheddar to be my favorites)
Strips of cooked pork belly bacon
A fried egg
Good quality sandwich rolls


In a large mixing bowl place the pound of ground beef, the egg, the seasonings, the minced or crushed garlic and the minced shallots or purple onion. Add the bread crumbs and mix to combine but be careful not to over-mix and mush up the meat. When mixing is complete, if the mixture is too wet, add more panko to dry it out. It should have a slightly wetter consistency than the raw ground beef alone and should easily form into dense patties. Heat an iron skillet (or any pan with high heat conductivity) to temperature; you'll know it's ready when a drop of water skitters across the surface. Use a small piece of the meat mixture as a "test" for seasoning; cook it through and taste it, then adjust salt and heat levels accordingly.

Once the burger mix is appropriately seasoned, cook on high heat on both sides until nicely browned (if medium doneness is desired). If you want well-done burgers, cook them on medium-high heat for a longer period of time. When the burgers are just a hair away from finished, place a slice of cheese of your choice on top and cut off the heat, allowing residual heat from the pan to finish the burgers themselves and melt the cheese. Allow the burgers to rest for 10 minutes before eating--this is a good time to prepare any garnishes or toast your buns.

After the burgers rest, plate up with your favorite garnishes or buns, french fries, coleslaw, potato chips or any side dish of your choice and enjoy. :)

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