I have been planning for a very long time to cook my very own burger from scratch. Of course it takes a couple of good hours so I have been waiting for a carefree week-end to make it happen. And it finally happened!
For preparing the burger of my dreams, I used the following:
The bun: 500 gr white flour, 50 gr fat butter, 1 egg, 210 ml full milk, 100 ml water, 4 gr dry yeast, 22 gr brown sugar, 11 gr salt; sesame seeds and 1 egg yolk+10 ml of milk for the top of the buns;
The patty: 700 gr minced beef, 1 tbsp chopped parsley, 1 onion (sliced and diced), 3-4 garlic cloves, thyme, salt, pepper, 100 ml dark beer (I used Guinness); the beer will make sure your patty will not become dry, but extra deliciously juicy 😀
The toppings: Gouda cheese, curly lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, caramelized onions, basil leaves.
For preparing the buns, the milk and the butter need to go together in a pot and have the milk incorporate the butter without bringing them to boiling point and then leave them to cool. Then mix 300 gr flour with the sugar and the dry yeast. On top of this mix add the milky-buttery goodness and stir. After that, add 1 egg and the remaining flour and water. Now work out that dough 🙂 Once you are happy with the dough, cut it in 8 equal pieces which need to take the form of a bun. Then put these on a tray and let them rest for 45 minutes. After the 45 minutes are up, paint them with a mixture made of milk and egg yolk:
Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top and put the tray in a preheated oven (approx 180 Celsius) for 20 minutes. Please make sure you don’t eat the buns before preparing the actual burgers :)) the smell and the looks are irresistible!
To prepare the patty, please make sure you have fresh beef. Mix all the ingredients in one bowl and let them cool in the refrigerator for half an hour. After cooling the mixture, form 6 patties of approximately 8-10 cm and put them on the grill. The patty will shrink once cooked. These need to be kept on fire until water comes out of the meat. Turn on the other side and apply the same principle. Before taking it from the heat, put a Gouda cheese slice on top of the patty to have that sexy melted cheese on top of the meat. Leave for no more than 1 minute and then you can assemble the burger. Yaay!
OK, you are almost done! Take a bun and cut in half, put some mayo on both cuts and then start assembling! On the “bed” of the burger lay a curly leaf of lettuce, a slice of tomato on top of which you will put the majestic cheesy patty. Net you can add some caramelized onions (you can either cook these on spot or use from a jar; I had some mom-made caramelized onions in a jar – Godsend), then 2-3 leaves of basil and then cover with the remaining half of the bun.
And it’s done! Congratulations to myself for the very first homemade burger in my own kitchen – it surely is worth the effort. If you are a burger fan (who isn’t?!), you definitely need to try it. You will no longer want to eat it outside your kitchen 🙂