I'll eat any priced burger, from MickeyD's to gourmet... I love 'em. I mean yes, MickeyD's tastes like a monotonous cardboard paper but i still eat them as if it's the yummiest food of all and it's the end of the world tomorrow.
Don't be fooled though. I actually have a pretty good palate but there is something so addictive (at least to me) about junk food. Not sure if it's the french fries that comes with every meal that makes me come back at least once a month (I'm trying to be modest here... gimme a break!). Or, it's my kids' once a month treat to a happy meal (again, this is me finding an excuse for MickeyD's trip).
As you know, I'm also a huge fan of Shake Shack and their witchcraft brews. Dining there is an indulgence I really must have every so often.
So you see, burgers is somewhat an addiction. I should probably come up with a group... I'm sure I'm not the only one.
I swear I've eaten burgers from different places, from the cheapest (talk about Burger Machine! that's to anyone who knows about it), to the random food chains that has response time like a 911 call to the really expensive ones and I mean expensive. I feel like, in addition to my quest to find the best joints for beef carpaccio... the hunt for the juicy burgers in town is piggy-backing on my carpaccio journey.
It's also just in the last five years that I began to understand that burgers or beef are best served medium rare (or if you can stomach it, rare!) The science behind the overheating of these precious jewels make muscles constrict, thereby makes them tougher. Oh boohoo! I won't bore you with the theoretical background of parts and cooking methods... let's go back to the essence of this whole musing, Burger at its best.
Well, fine, I'm sure I can still outdo myself... knowing my appetite for beating my own record. But for now, this recipe will give you a layer after layer of taste that is simply comforting without that big hoo-ha and sweat and not to mention the gajillions of ingredients that comfort mood normally requires.
So here it goes... get your pen and paper, boys and girls ... I can see you're not moving... yes... you can do that too... saving this page into your favourites for easy browsing.. of course that's a much better option,,, you tech-savvy-you!
Tip 2: Do not be cheese-happy. I got carried away the second time around that I think I added more cheese than what's required. It taste awesome but of course it was a pain cleaning the grill (not that I was the one who cleaned it up :) )
Ingredients for patties:
1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons Parmegiano Regiano, grated
1 medium onion, minced
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 kilo beef, minced
1/2 kilo pork, minced
Additional Ingredients for assembling
12 Kraft Singles cheese
12 bacon slices
3 buffalo tomatoes, sliced
Sauteed mushroom slices (optional)
12 burger buns
For Grill, pre-heat it to high heat.
For Pan fried, pre-heat it to high heat.
See at how difficult it is? :P
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for patties. I know right, really difficult.
Anywho. Let's go back. Using an ice cream scooper or a huge spoon, equally divide around 12 portions.
With your hands, form a ball then flatten them to make a decent thickness of patty.
Place patties on the grill or fry them in the pan. Cook for 5 minutes per side if you want it well done or less if you're like me. On the last few seconds of cooking on the other side of the patty, place a slice of cheese to melt. Take it off and rest patties on the side.
If you're using a grill then, cook your bacon alongside your patties. Obviously it cooks quicker than the patty so take off as soon as you got your preferred doneness or crispiness.
Heat your bun on the same grill. Then yes, take it off after a few seconds, otherwise it'll be burn baby burn and you don't want that.
Again, very hard.
Carefully spread mayonnaise on each side... oh don't listen to me... slather them up! Squirt a little tomato ketchup on the top bun, yes I did say squirt. It's more fun than spreading.
Place 2 slices of tomatoes on the bottom bun. Top it with your uber mouth watering patty with melted cheese on top. Place two bacon halves. Add lettuce leaves and few sauteed mushroom. For the grand finale, place the top bun, tomato ketchup side down and voila!
A delectable creation that will tantalize your taste buds. I like to serve it with mustard on the side and because I'm a glutton, I also like olives, artichokes, sundried tomatoes on the side... or chips... or crisps... or cornicorns... or, fine! anything on the side will do, utensils, chinaware, anything!
Eat this with a fizzy drink like a soda or an ice cold beer and I tell you... it'll be your go-to comfort food from time to time.
And if you have extras? keep them in a freezer in a sealed container... grill it next time.