Sunday, June 01, 2008
(This is basic recipe of cooking hamburger)
1 -Pound ground chuck (80% lean)
10 -Small hamburger buns
10 -Hamburger dill slices
10 -teaspoons dried, chopped onion
McDonald's Hamburger Seasoning
Some mustard, ketchup and waxed paper
The Beef Patties:
Divide 1 lb of beef into 10 equal sized balls. Form a patty out of each ball about 4 inches in diameter and 1/4 inch thick. Do this on waxed paper. Now freeze the patties for at least an hour. (this keeps them from falling apart when you grill 'em)
Put the dried onions in a container, oh..like Tupperware...and add water. Water should be a few inches over the top of the onions. (better to have too much water than not enough) Cover, and refrigerate about 1/2 hour. Drain the liquid. Cover again and refrigerate until 'burger time".
McDonald's® pickle slices are unique in flavor, very sour dills. The only product I know of that comes close to the distinctive flavor is HEINZ Genuine Dills. (original sour dill.) But they don't come in slices, so slice your own VERY thin. I can't do it very well with a knife, so I use a K-tel "dial-a-slice" home vegetable slicer. ALSO....Vlasic "original" dills have that tart flavor. Make sure they're not "kosher" dills. Wal-Mart® carries Vlasic ORIGINAL dills, and you have to slice those too. (Note: these pickles are pretty small, so slice at an angle....you'll get bigger dill chips.)
Use the small, plain cheap store brand hamburger buns. You know, they come 8 or 12 in a pack. Usually about 59 to 69 cents for a pack of 8. (You'll want to separate the tops, or "crowns" from the bottoms, or "heels"...as most likely they'll be connected slightly on one edge.) When it's "burger time", you'll be toasting the buns. Those instructions are coming up. WalMart® sells a great product for regular buns---Great Value™ brand "jumbo" hamburger buns. They're almost exactly like McDonald's® buns and a little bigger than the other hamburger buns available at your supermarket.
The Wax Paper:
Before you cook these marvelous hamburgers, pre-cut 10 12"x12" sheets of waxed
paper. You'll need them to wrap the burgers.
Pre-heat your oven to warm..its lowest level, this is for later.You're going to need two electric griddles . One to grill the meat, the other to toast the buns. Pre-heat the meat griddle to 375-400°, and the bun griddle to about 350°. (this recipe has you cooking four at a time)
Note: before starting, make sure to have all of your condiments READY! (because this all happens very fast)
#1 -Toast the crowns of 4 buns (tops) Do this by laying them face down on the griddle closely together. Put a dutch oven (pot) bottom side down directly on top of the buns.(open side facing up) This is only to apply hands-free pressure to the buns so they will toast evenly. (Don't use anything TOO heavy like cast iron. You'll smash the buns.)
#2 -Lay the frozen patties on the other grill. After about 20 seconds, "sear" them by applying even pressure with the back of a metal spatula, and pushing down on the front with your free hand. (careful not to burn your fingers.) Do this only for about 2 seconds...you should hear them sizzle louder while you "sear" them. After searing them, sprinkle generously with McDonald's burger seasoning.
#3 -At this point, your buns are nearly done. They will have an even tan color when finished. Remove them, and repeat the the "bun toasting" process with the heels. (bottoms)
#4 -After about one minute since searing the patties, turn them over. Careful, don't tear the side you seared. Add another dash of Seasoning and about a teaspoon of your prepared onions. (Don't be anal and use a measuring spoon...no time...just two fingers and a thumb full.)
#5 -Now quickly dress your buns. (crown, or top side) Mustard first....five "kisses" the diameter of a pencil evenly spaced in a circle about a half inch from the edge. Then the Ketchup, (use Hunt's if you can) five squirts the size of a nickle..in the pattern found on dice. Place the pickle in the middle.
#6 -By the time you finish that, the meat will be done. (about 1 minute or 1:10 after turning) Remove the meat and tilt to the side to allow excess fat to drain off. Use your free hand to hold down the onions. Place patties onion side up on the dressed crown, top with toasted heels. (the burger will be upside-down)
#7 -Lay one finished hamburger, still upside-down, in the center of your pre-cut waxed paper. Wrap the paper around the burger tightly. It should resemble a very oblong tube with two open ends, and the burger in the middle. Then wrap the open ends underneath the bottom of the burger so it is enclosed tightly.
#8 -Place wrapped hamburger in your pre-heated oven. (remember...oven is just barely on warm) Keep 'em in there about 8-10 minutes.
**** Hey! That's enough time to cook another batch. (if you do cook another batch while these are "aging properly",scrape the black stuff and burnt onions to the side before beginning.)
Note: Some ovens get too hot even on low, and this may dry out your burger. If they seem
dry, next time wrap them tightly and let them sit about 5 minutes. Then ZAP 'em for 15 seconds (one at a time) in the microwave. This will complete the "Q-ing" process without over microwaving them like they do now. In fact, they almost taste better this way.
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