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The perfect burger!

Here are the ingredients & the instructions to make the perfect burger! Although it may not be the healthiest, use medium ground beef for moistness & flavour. The leaner varieties produce burgers that are drier with a denser, tighter texture. Don't use previously frozen meat as juices are lost during defrosting. If making ahead, cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate for no more than a day. Enjoy!

BURGER

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (regular or Dijon)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, finely grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lb medium ground beef

FLAVOUR PERK STIR-INS (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon creamy caesar salad dressing or 1 tablespoon Greek salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sun-dried tomato
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream or 1 tablespoon yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh lemon rind or 1 tablespoon lime rind
  • 1 tablespoon grated gingerroot
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup or 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herb
  • 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon teriyaki sauce or 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 fresh jalapenos or 1 pickled jalapeno pepper, chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Lightly oil grill& heat BBQ to medium.
  2. Whisk egg in a bowl& add next 6 ingredients.
  3. Add any of the “stir-ins” that appeal to you.
  4. Crumble in beef& using your hands or a fork, gently mix together.
  5. Handle the meat as little as possible – the more you work it, the tougher it gets.
  6. Gently shape (don’t firmly press) mixture into burgers about ¾ inch thick.
  7. Using your thumb, make a shallow depression in the centre of each burger to prevent puffing up during cooking.
  8. Place burgers on the grill, close lid& BBQ until NO LONGER PINK INSIDE, turning once, about 6 – 8 minutes per side.
  9. An instant read thermometer should read 160F.
  10. Don't abuse your burgers by pressing with a spatula, pricking with a fork or turning frequently as precious juices will be lost!
  11. Tuck into a warm crusty bun& add your favourite toppings.

http://www.food.com/recipe/the-perfect-burger-92021

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