There's nothing I enjoy much more than a big, juicy burger with all of the "fixings"! My son was supposed to have another soccer game tonight, so I wanted to come up with a relatively quick dinner idea. I made the patties ahead of time, so my husband would be able to throw them on the grill as soon as we got home. Unfortunately, his game was canceled, due to all of this rain we've had, but at least my dinner was ready to go! I gave my husband very specific grilling instructions (according to the recipe) and I know it was driving him crazy to not follow his normal regimen. He followed the directions to a tee and let me tell you...these burgers were perfectly cooked! Searing them first really locked in all of the juices and made for a delicious burger. I have a feeling my husband may stick to this preparation method from now on--even though he always has made really good burgers :)
Best Beef Burgers
2 pounds ground chuck 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper 4 hamburger buns (I bought Sara Lee buns...so good!)
Suggested Accompaniments: Cheese slices Sliced Beefsteak tomatoes Red and white onions (raw or grilled) Ketchup Mustard Pickles Mayonnaise Boston lettuce leaves
***I used swiss cheese, beefsteak tomatoes, vidalia onions, Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, mayo and lettuce!***
Heat the grill to high. In a medium bowl, use a fork to gently combine the ground chuck with the Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce; season generously with salt and pepper. Gently form into four 1-inch-thick patties.
Place the patties on the hottest part of the grill; sear until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Move the patties to the cooler part of the grill; continue grilling until desired doneness, 4 to 8 minutes per side.
Split the hamburger buns and toast on the grill if you like; place a burger on each bun and serve with the desired accompaniments.
If you were to look up the word "picky" in the dictionary, you would see a picture of my husband off to the left. Growing up, I was exposed to all sorts of different foods and encouraged to experiment with different flavors, but after meeting my husband, I somewhat locked myself into an eight to ten meal rotation and was reluctant to deviate. I have since given birth to two of the least picky eaters on the face of the Earth, thus inspiring me to transform my cooking style. I know many people, like myself, lead such hectic lives, so I strive to find recipes that are quick and easy--especially those that you can whip up with ingredients that you ordinarily have on hand!
A bit about me...I married my husband, Marcus, on June 1, 2003 and we welcomed our son Jacob on March 22, 2005. Our daughter, Madeline, was born on March 1, 2008. I stay home with the kids for the most part, but also work occasional shifts as a registered nurse at a local hospital. I truly hope you enjoy my blog. A special "thank you" to my sister, Sarah, for giving me the idea! Her creativity is hard to live up to, but I'm a very determined person and hope to make her proud :)