from The Barbecue! Bible(Workman
What makes a great hamburger? First there's the meat. You want
to use a flavorful cut, like sirloin (for uptown burgers), or chuck
or round (if you're feeling more democratic). The meat should be
ground twice - first through the coarse plate of the grinder, then
through the fine plate. And it shouldn't be too lean. Fifteen to
20 percent fat is ideal.
I adhere to the "less is more" school when it comes to making
hamburgers. Namely, the fewer ingredients you add to the meat, the
better. Oh, I know how tempting it is for cooks to want to season
the meat with onion, garlic, spices and condiments. But to taste
a burger at its best keep it utterly simple. The garnishes will
add all the flavor you need.
One final bit of advice. Handle the meat as little as possible:
a few pats to form it into a patty. Anything more will rob the burger
of its juiciness and primal flavor.
For the burgers:
For the topping (Any or all):
- 2 1/4 pounds ground round, chuck or sirloin
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, or olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 6 hamburger buns
- 6 slices (1/2 inch thick) Vidalia or other sweet onion (optional)
- Iceberg lettuce leaves
- Sliced fresh, ripe tomatoes
- Sliced dill pickles or sweet pickles
- Cooked bacon (2 strips per burger)
1. Preheat the grill to high
2. Divide the meat into 6 equal portions. Lightly wet your hands
with cold water, then form each portion of meat into a round patty.
4 inches across and of even thickness. (See note)
3. When ready to cook, oil the grill grate.
4. Brush one side of the patties and the onion slice (if using)
lightly with melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Arrange
both the burgers and onion slices, butter side down, on the hot
grate and grill until nicely browned, about 4 minutes. Brush the
other side lightly with more melted butter and season with more
salt and pepper. Turn with a spatula and continue grilling untill
nicely browned and cooked to taste, about 4 minutes for medium.
Brush the cut sides of the buns with the remaining melted butter
and place, cut side down, on the grill the last 2 minutes.
5. Set out the toppings. Place the burgers and onion slices on
the buns and serve. Serves 6
Note: If not planning on cooking the burgers immediately,
place on a large plate, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate.