Hamburgers have gained in popularity and spread all across the globe thanks to their appeal and taste. Although of recent years they tend to have got rather a bad name as a fast food product, they’re basically quite healthy. What’s more, they’re simple and easy to make. So, why not experiment and invent your own homemade hamburger recipe? After all, by making them in your own home, you’ll be able to control the hamburger’s ingredients, along with the quality of those ingredients. You can even make vegetarian hamburgers!
Nowadays, most of us presume that hamburgers originated from the United States – possibly thanks to a well-known international corporation that begins with “M”! But, in actual fact, many other older cultures – especially from Europe – had extremely similar dishes. And, it may surprise you to learn it’s considered that the Romans invented the modern hamburger’s prototype more than two thousand years ago.
Once the typical American hamburger started spreading its influence throughout the world, all of those local variations from different cultures began modifying their basic recipe, creating a huge number of hamburger recipes with a wide variety of different ingredients. Really, all of these are good. It just depends on individual taste as to which one most appeals to you.
As with most things, when it comes to choosing the best hamburger recipe going, the answer is quite simple – it all depends on your personal taste. In other words, the world’s best hamburger recipe will be the one you love best. And, more often than not, this tends to be something unique to your particular region, if not to your own household.
The best homemade hamburger recipe can be as simple as mixing together lean minced beef with a finely-chopped onion, raw egg yolk, salt, pepper and two tablespoons of vegetable oil. This is the most basic of hamburger recipes, but it’s undoubtedly somebody’s favorite – especially when you add French fries, pickles, tomato slices, mustard and ketchup. Delicious!
Needless to say, you’ll find hundreds – if not thousands of hamburger recipes out there – and they’re all loved and considered to be the “best” by someone on this planet. Here is just one of them.
Homemade Hamburger Recipe
You need to start with one to one and a half pounds of freshly minced meat. The ideal hamburger recipe requires a proportion of about twenty percent fat in order to flavor the meat and make it moist and not too dry. So, the ideal choice of meat would be half beef steak and half pork – the pork providing that essential fat.
One important fact about this recipe is that you shouldn’t over mix the meat, because the heat from your hands, as well as the mixing process itself, will start to break down some of the fat, and this should really only happen during the cooking process.
Now that you have the meat ready, here are the rest of the ingredients:
1 small onion, which you’ll want to chop as finely as humanly possible
1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of thyme, although fresh thyme would be ideal you can use dried thyme
a good pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper
Once you’ve mixed all the ingredients together, form patties around half an inch thick, and bring your grill up to a medium to high heat. Cook the patties or hamburgers for around three minutes on each side. Once the six minutes are up, check the hamburgers to ensure that they’re cooked to your personal taste and done as you like.
You’re not finished yet! Once the hamburgers are cooked to your preference, leave them on a warm plate covered with aluminum foil to rest for about three minutes. This allows all those wonderful juices to be reabsorbed into the meat. Only after the three minutes are up can you serve these great hamburgers!
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