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05.25.12

Friday Fare… The Perfect Burger.

 

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally seen as the start of the summer and the beginning of all that this most popular season has to offer.  For the fashion conscious, white clothing is pulled to the front of the closet, Father’s everywhere start tying up their aprons, backyard barbeques are being stripped of their covers, and grills everywhere are prepped and ready to go.  Without a doubt one of the most popular items to hit the grill this weekend will be the burger. Compliments of our friends over at Williams-Sonoma, we bring you “The Perfect Burger”.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground chuck or ground lean beef
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 or 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 slices cheddar or Swiss cheese (optional)
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • Sliced tomato for serving
  • Sliced sweet white onion, such as Maui, Vidalia
    or Walla Walla, for serving
  • Torn lettuce for serving
  • Sliced dill pickle for serving
  • Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard or other
    condiments of your choice for serving

Directions:

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat.

In a large bowl, mix together the beef, yellow onion, garlic, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Form the mixture into

4 patties, each 3/4 inch thick.

Grill the hamburgers directly over medium-high heat, turning once, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Check for doneness by cutting into a hamburger near the center or testing with an instant-read thermometer. No pink should show on the inside, and the internal temperature should register at least 160°F on an instant-read thermometer. If making cheeseburgers, place a slice of cheese on top of each hamburger during the last 3 minutes of cooking.

During the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking, toast the hamburger buns, cut side down, on the grill. Serve the hamburgers on the buns with tomato, white onion, lettuce, dill pickle and condiments. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Grilling, by Denis Kelly (Simon & Schuster, 2002).
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