How To Make Hamburgers

The hamburger has become an icon of American food. The beef patty sandwich was popularized in the 1900’s and has remained a favorite ever since. Although hamburgers are often associated with fast food, gourmet burger joints are popping up all across the U.S. Hamburgers can come in all shapes and sizes. Turkey and vegetarian patties are a healthy alternative, but you can also find plenty of decadent burgers that could feed a whole family. The topping choices can be as creative as you are. Classics toppings include lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions. Served with a side of fries, a burger is the classic American meal. Or if you are in need of a flavor vacation, you can try a Hawaii burger with pineapple and teriyaki sauce. If you are planning a summer cookout, a customizable hamburger is perfect for pleasing a crowd. Just cook the patties on the grill and allow your guests to build their own burgers however they please. You can’t go wrong. In this video, Chef Mark provides an online cooking lesson for making a basic hamburger. For more great cooking demonstration videos, subscribe to the LearnToCookOnline YouTube channel.

Hamburger Recipe

1 lb. 75/25 ground chuck
1 small onion, finely diced
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1. In a bowl, mix together the spices, ground beef, and onions using your hands.
2. Shape meat into 4-6 oz. patties.
4. Compact them somewhat so that they can hold their shape.
5. Cook on low to medium heat, this avoids toughening the meat and creating a hard crust. Do not press down on burger this will push all the water out and you will have a dry burger.
6 Cook until browned, then turn over and cook until desired doneness. 125oF is Med rare, 135oF is medium, 145oF is Medium well, 155oF is a well done burger.

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