Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Best Hamburger Ever

Notice the lump...that is the relish heating up inside 
I love making hamburgers and most importantly I love EATING hamburgers. I've tried making them many different ways but the one my mom taught me has to be the most delish. She learned this technique from when she used to work at the plaza broiler in Seattle. 

 I wish you could hear the sizzle from the hot pan


I have a few must haves when it comes to the best burger. The meat should be at least 1/2 inch thick. Unless you want it to be a double burger and I do highly recommend that but, then the meat should only be 1/4 inch think. The patty also should be a little larger in diameter than the bun because when it cooks it shrinks quite bit and then you get a bunch of people looking at you like..."where's the beef." Make sure you salt and pepper and don't be stingy. I like cooking mine on a cast iron skillet because it gives the perfect temperature and caramelizing on each side. I usually cook them for about 4 minutes on high on each side. You can do less if you want it more rare in the middle. Make sure your pan is piping hot before you start or one side will not caramelize as well. 

Don't be forget this step
One very important ingredient for this perfect hamburger is a big dollop of relish in the center. Once you flip the burger place the relish in the middle and then your cheese over the top. You can use cheddar or American but just don't be stingy. I like cheddar because it gives it that extra tang. Let the cheese melt over the top sealing the relish on to the burger. 

Butter the bun and don't over toast
While they are cooking toast your brioche roll in the broiler for about 2 minutes. The brioche roll is another factor in making the perfect hamburger. It holds up well. It has the right texture and thickness along with adding just a hint of sweetness. Once you eat a burger on a brioche roll it is hard to have it on any other bun. Just ask my mother. Now everyone is a little different when it comes to what they like on there burger but this is how you should assemble for it to be perfect. 1st Little bit of may on the bun with ketchup and mustard. 2nd My mother insists you place shredded lettuce on the bottom, tomato slices and thinly sliced onion. Then place the hamburger on top. The combination of all this and the relish oozing out warm is pure heaven.

As you can see I went against my mom and put my stuff on the top. They both make the best hamburger ever. Try it for dinner or lunch and let me know what you think.

30 comments:

  1. Well isn't that smart, the relish already in, nice idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Oh this looks so good. Especially with the cheese melting all over the burger.

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  3. My husband just said he wants to come over to your house for dinner. :) These burgers looks absolutely delicious. Well done. :)

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    1. I love to hear that....it means I did my job well. thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. I love burgers. I am a big fan of using Lipton Onion soup mix in my and I do cook them in my cast iron skillet too. Never thought of putting the relish under the cheese, gonna try that the next time!!!

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    1. I've never tried the lipton onion soup mix. I will give it a try. I used to put lots of chopped garlic in them but it gave me gas.lol..I hope that wasn't too much information.

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  5. This made me want a cheeseburger SO BAD bc:

    1. The buns look amazing
    2. The burgers look perfectly cooked
    3. There is so much cheese and it is melted everywhere.

    OMG- Pinning on Pinterest as we speak.

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  6. Sebastian got a port√°til grill for chritsmas so we should get together in the park and make some burgers.!!!

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    1. Hey Meibell, Let me know when you are going we would love to grill with ya. I know you can grill up at the great hill Memorial. I am game if you are. :)

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  7. Seriously these look and sound Amazing! Can't wait to give these a try :) I am your newest follower :)

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  8. The look perfect and hamburgers are such a wonderful comfort food if cooked correctly!

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  9. These look amazing, I love the relish trick! I am totally going to make these!

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  10. I really shouldn't have read this before dinner! I was hungry before, now I'm starving! I love the fact that you melt the cheese over the relish, yum!

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  11. You're kind of a rebel with the whole relish under the cheese thing. Next time you come visit I'll have everything ready for you. I will clean the cast iron skillet which we all know is a s@#*y job.
    -Henry

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    1. I will look forward to it and yes I do know what you mean. I wont let anyone else clean mine because I am trying my best to keep it in good condition.

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    2. We JUST logged in and and saw this recipe and we are making it this weekend! Looks WONDERFUL!

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    3. Shelly, so happy you found my blog please let me know how the burgers turned out.

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  12. Oh wow, these burgers look so delicious!!!Me and my husband are both big burger fans, so I will definitely try this out!

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  13. I love cooking a burger on a good hot cast iron skillet! You don't get the same grill flavor, but it does such a great job with the outside of the burger.

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  14. Gosh that burger looks great. I will have to try it soon. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  15. Oh, my. That relish looks wonderful. What time is dinner?

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  16. These look delicious!! But in Greece we don't have the relish sauce, what can I use to replace it?

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    1. You could add pickles under the cheese. I thought about doing that.

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  17. Love these! Not a huge fan of relish but I love your technique, I need to try this sometime !!

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