Kittencal's Hamburgers

Thursday, July 9, 2009

I found this recipe at http://kittencalskitchen.com/. She has actually posted a lot of really good recipes on http://www.recipezaar.com/ so I decided to check out her website. I am so glad I did since I found even more great recipes. She has constantly delivered great recipes. These hamburgers are a change from the traditional barbeque hamburgers that I usually make. They actually taste kind of like a meatloaf patty which isn't a bad thing since I love meatloaf. I did follow her recommendation on marinating overnight so that the spices can mingle which lead to a very moist delicious hamburger. Don't forget to check out her website for more delicious recipes!


Kittencal's Hamburgers
Slightly adapted from http://kittencalskitchen.com/

Ingredients:
2 lbs ground beef
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic (or use 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 cup barbeque sauce

Directions:
In a bowl crumble the ground beef with clean hands.
Add in the dry soup mix, egg, garlic, breadcrumbs or crushed soda cracker crumbs, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper.
Using clean hands mix until combined, add in more breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs if needed to just hold the mixture together (do not overwork the meat or it will be tough).
Divide the ground beef into 6 equal patties (or make 8 small patties).
Using your large finger or the back of a small spoon make a shallow dent into the center of each patty (about 1-inch wide).
Place the patties onto a large plate or a small cookie sheet; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours or up to 24 hours to blend flavors.
Grill or pan fry the burgers as desired until cooked through (if desired sprinkle a small amount of seasoned salt on top while cooking the patties).
Serve burgers in toasted buns with choice of condiments.
TIPS FOR EXTRA JUICINESS; shape the hamburger into a ball, press 1 tablespoon cold butter into the middle then seal the meat around the ball then flatten into burger shapes ----or add in 2-4 tablespoons raw finely grated potato into the hamburger mixture then shape into patties, use no more than 4 tablespoons for 2 pounds of ground beef or the burgers will take on a meatloaf texture.

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