Restaurant-made burgers are certainly the easiest options to satisfy your cravings for burgers but the taste home-made burgers have is beyond explanation. All you need to do is follow a few basics. By discovering a few secrets you can achieve burger perfection. Once you know the basics and secrets you can throw the recipe book away and customize your burger as per your heart’s content.
There are numerous ways or inspirations for mastering the art of making burgers of different flavors. If you are a fan of beef burgers then following the given tips in this article will help you make your burger extra special.
1. Choose Your Meat
If you are a fan of juicy burgers then avoid making a lean burger. Select a standard minced meat having around 20% fat. Whereas if you prefer lean burgers then having 10% fat is appropriate. However, do not go beyond 10%. Mostly the typical meats used for burgers are meat, or else you can use amb as well. Chicken is most commonly used in burgers which makes the burger a bit lean. If you are vegan then there are numerous meat-free choices available in the market. You can try sweet potato burgers, chickpea burgers, beetroot burgers, seitan burgers, etc.
2. Add Your Flavors
Flavors make your burger special. You can add grated onion, crushed garlic, spices like cumin, ground chili, ground coriander, fajita spice mixture, etc finely chopped spring onions, herbs, black pepper, and any other flavor that you like. Always make use of tried and tested combinations. If you want an Italian-style taste then you must add crushed garlic, parsley, and parmesan to the meat on kaiser buns.
Similarly, for Moroccan style add chopped coriander, ground cumin as well as a dollop of harissa paste. Whereas, for Spanish style burgers add smoked paprika. In case you’re a lover of cheese, then instead of topping your burger, make two thinner patties and pop a square of cheese in the middle.
3. Cook and Steam The Burger Meat
Put your burger in the hot or non-stick frying pan after greasing it with a bit of oil. For medium cooked and color leave it there for 5 minutes on each side, otherwise, leave it for 9 minutes for a well-cooked burger. Do not leave any kind of pink meat in the burger. Before cooking the burgers, it is recommended to give them a quick sear at high temperature to lock in the favor and get a good crust.
Once the right brown color has been achieved on both sides of the burger then top it with cheese and cover it with a lid to give it a bit of steam and let the cheese melt and give a finished look.
4. Try Out Different Toppings And Sauces
For toppings, you can use different options like fried mushrooms, onion rings, crispy lettuce, avocado slices, tangy pickles, etc. Crispy bacon has always been an exceptional flavor booster besides adding the wonderful crisp texture. Cheese can also enhance the taste. You can add different sauces like BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, ketchup chili sauce, etc.