Okay, this recipe is actually neither a secret, nor ground-breaking stuff, but they are reliably delicious, so enjoy!
Christina's Especially Special Hamburgers:
Serves 4 +/-
1 lb. 93% lean ground beef
1 lb. 85% lean ground beef (Secret Ingredient #1)
1- Egg Yolk, beaten lightly
1 Tablespoon Worcestshire Sauce (Secret Ingredient #2, pictured at left.)
1 Shallot or 1/4 Red Onion, finely minced
2 Tablespoons Finely-Chopped Parsley
Salt & Pepper to taste. But not right away.
So here's the scoop:
I'm all in favor of being healthy, but according to my chef-friends (and most sensible people), fat is the key to a good hamburger. And let's be honest, if you really wanted to be healthy, you probably wouldn't be eating a hamburger to begin with, so let's just go all-in here, eh? With that in mind, the 85% lean ground beef is a crucial part of my recipe.
If you really want to, you could probably skip the 93% all together, but I'm happy with this ratio (flavor-wise) and exercising a little moderation simultaneously.
So, now we've got the meat. Plonk both pounds into a big mixing bowl, and start squishing it up with your hands to break it all apart. Add the beaten egg yolk, red onion, parsley, and then a healthy splash of Worcestershire sauce. (If you'd like to amuse yourself, say Worcestershire Sauce a dozen times fast, until your mouth is a garble of consonants and you kind of sound like you're doing a bird call.)
As for the cooking, to each their own, but I prefer a little rarer than medium-rare. Before you put the burgers on, spray the grill down with a little grill spray, get the grill really frickin' hot, sprinkle the burger patties with a little salt, and then throw those bad boys on. We tend to grill ours for just a couple of minutes on each side, but I will get the specifics from John on this and report back. (I confess, he is the grill-er in our family.) I like to load my burgers up with cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, arugula and tomato and eat them on a toasted english muffin, but again, that's just me... I have also been known to daly with the whole-wheat english muffin in an attempt to add a little more health to this meal, but I'll totally let that slide if you will.
Try this out. I know you'll love it! And it's a good excuse to make hamburgers today.