Happy Aloha Friday!
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So on Fridays let’s take it easy on posting, too. Ask a simple question…nothing that requires a lengthy response. It’s a great way to make new blogging friends!
Mother Nature has been having a lot more of her hot flashes recently, throwing us into Summer Heat quickly after her last-minute frost advisories. Since the kitchen happens to be on the same side as the afternoon sun, it gets unbearably hot sometimes, particularly if I’m cooking.
So during the hot summer months I rely more and more on my crock pot, as well as cooking out on the grill. I’ve mentioned before that I have an eclectic collection of cookbooks and enjoy reading through them just for fun – I noticed a standard mode of making hamburger patties and wondered if everyone but me follows that mode. Every recipe I read uses egg and breadcrumbs. So my question for you today is:
How do you make your burger patties (veggie or beef)?
Me? I go with straight meat – I usually get the leanest I can find, my last grocery shopping run I picked up 6 pounds of 90% lean ground beef. I separated two pounds into 1-pound packages to use for spaghetti sauce and tacos, but the rest I tossed into a large stainless steel bowl, smashed it down a bit, added some liquid smoke and a liberal dose of this:
I knead it all together to make sure the seasoning and liquid smoke are well distributed throughout the ground beef, and shape it into patties. I have a couple of Tupperware hamburger press/freezer sets that come in quite handy this time of year – because then I can store the pre-made patties in the freezer and only pull out what I need for any given day. Sometimes I’ll sprinkle a bit of this on the patties just before they go on the grill:
Regular for me, spicy for hubby of course. So that’s pretty much what I do to make hamburger patties – no filler, just seasoning. How about you? Do you use the standard egg and bread crumb method? Or something else?
And for those vegetarians out there, if you have a great veggie burger recipe, feel free to send it – I’m always interested in trying new things. If I like it, I’ll try it again!
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