Recipe: Homemade Hamburgers
We love hamburgers! (Who doesn't, right!) The number one choice in our household is, hands down, homemade. The recipe I use for the patties is very basic and one I have used forever. I also use it for my meatloaf.
As for the buns, we have been known to use bread in a pinch (or because I make the patties too big for hamburger buns - it's been known to happen more than once!) and we also love the brioche buns from the grocery store. Every once in a while, though, I get the urge to make my own hamburger buns. It's a win-win situation whatever I do!
1/4 c sugar
1 1/2 c warm water
1 8g pkg active dry yeast ( 2 1/4 tsp bulk yeast = 1 8 g pkg)
1 large egg
1/4 c cooking oil
1/2 tsp salt
4 1/2 c flour (approximately)
Stir sugar into warm water in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast over top and set aside for 10 minutes. Stir to dissolve yeast.
Mix in the egg, cooking oil and salt. Work in enough flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for about 8 to 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
Break off tennis ball size pieces of dough and flatten slightly in your hands before placing them on a baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
Cover with a tea towel and set in a warm place to rise, about 1 1/4 hours until doubled in size. Bake in 375°F oven for about 20 minutes. Turn out onto rack to cool. Brush tops with melted butter.
There is no actual recipe, but this is what I do:
Please note, I sometimes use a half of a family size pkg of ground beef so I can have leftovers for the next day or two so all the rest of the ingredients are eyeballed differently. I would say to do it to taste, but don't actually taste the raw meat mixture.
You could, however, mix the ketchup, mustard and rest of the spices in a small bowl and taste that before adding to the meat.
I use about 2 pounds of ground beef. Put it into a large mixing bowl. Add one egg, and then eyeball the amounts of the following: rolled oats (or bread crumbs), ketchup, mustard, HP Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder (or minced garlic), finely chopped onion ( or onion powder). Mix it all together and shape into patties. Put patties on a baking sheet (one with sides) and bake in 350°F oven until no longer pink in the middle. (I always sacrifice one patty for this specific test)
These are great done on the bbq as well! Just make the patties early in the day, cover and set in fridge until time for the grill. This helps hold them together better, or you could use one of the square basket thingies made for bbqing. It works great and makes flipping the burgers over a whole lot easier! (When I do the burgers in the oven, I don't flip them over).
Slice the buns in half and add whatever you like on your burgers. Enjoy!!!