5/26/09

5 Homemade Hamburger Patties!

Homemade Hamburger PattyI am making a determined effort to make as much as I can from scratch. I have always plopped a frozen patty on the grill and sprinkled some sort of seasoning on it. When I saw the pre-made frozen hamburger patties in my freezer, I knew what my next project would be.

A moist, flavorful hamburger patty with flavor all the way through...not just sprinkled on top.


This is a really good hamburger patty...think of savory, flavorful meatloaf served on a bun....

As I was entertaining a Memorial Day crew, I decided to double my recipe.

I started with lean hamburger, added beaten eggs and milk.





You can add onions,

or in my case, onion powder.











Some of your favorite mustard, yellow, brown, or whole grain.

Whatever tickles your fancy.






Garlic.

Tip: I freeze my garlic. They last longer and the skin is very easy to peel off. Just double bag them and break off what you need.

I put 'em through a garlic press that I love...





I added about three leftover slices of my homemade wheat bread.

I heard somewhere that if the bread is torn instead of ground finely, you get a moister meatloaf...thought I'd try the method in my patties.

It worked.







Then I add some freshly ground pepper.











Real sea salt. It's the best kind.









Then squish the mixture with the handiest kitchen tool of all...

my hands.

Try it.






Then, to make all my patties the same, I actually weighed them.

I made them all quarter pounders.

A kitchen scale really does come in handy.






I then resurrected a tool that I had long forgotten.

This is my Tupperware patty press.

Cuisinart makes one that costs quite a bit less.

I cover the meat with plastic wrap to make it easier to remove.





This picture is pretty self-explanatory.

Just push and twist.







And look at what you get.

Perfect, round, even patties!

I put plastic in between the patty layers and freeze them until I was ready to grill them.

I guess I can make a bunch and freeze them with my Foodsaver...





Earlier in the day, I made my famous Hamburger buns with my Feather Wheat roll recipe.

I shaped them into rosettes.









And then flattened them down.










Don't worry, it'll keep its beautiful shape.










See?

They are beautiful!








Toast your buns and assemble your burger.

Your way.

Enjoy!



Hamburger Patties
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