What is the quintessential American meal? A burger.
And since we’re kicking off this fun n’ flirty, fresh n’ entertaining summer season we
thought we’d give you a leg up on the burger front.
Happy Summer Days Ahead
The secret to a great burger? Less is more!
When the weather turns warm and the sun starts to set later, I find myself craving the smell and taste of a great homemade burger off the grill. So what makes a great burger? There are a few simple rules. But if you remember just one of them, it should be that less really is more.
Beyond the meat itself, you don’t want to add too many other ingredients, particularly wet ones. You don’t want to compete with the flavor of the beef, or leave it too watery. Limit yourself to a sprinkle of salt and pepper, with just a bit of dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce. The last two amp the savory flavors of the burger without competing with it.
What makes a perfect burger?
The beef: High quality ground beef that is often a combination of brisket, chuck and short rib.
Fat content: Ideal at around 30% to keep the beef moist and juicy
Thickness: More like a hockey puck than a floppy disk
The method: Chargrilled on the griddle to add smokiness and char to the outside
Cooking: Cooked to medium rare and not a second more. It needs to be pink throughout and almost rare in the center.
The bun: Soft, but able to soak up the juices without disintegrating
The extras: American cheese, occasionally a small amount of onions either chopped or caramelized.
The sauce: A thin coating of ketchup or mustard, occasionally a this layer of special sauce.
Did You Know?
Hamburgers get their name from the Hamburg steaks that German immigrants brought with them to the US.
The hamburger became popular after it was introduced at the St. Louis World’s fair in 1904.
The Hamburger hall of fame is located in Seymour, Wisconsin. Road trip, anyone?
Burgers account for 40% of all sandwiches sold. Take that club sandwich.
According to McDonald’s, the chain sells 75 burgers every single second of every minute of every hour of every single day.
Americans eat about 50 billion burgers a year. Which translated to an average of 3 hamburgers a week. That’s a lot of beef.
During WWI, the US Gov’t tried to rename hamburgers as ‘liberty sandwiches’. It’s to avoid the our soldiers using its German name. Awkward.