I love a good hamburger, and it all starts for me with a slow cooked burger, making sure there is no pink in the middle. If I see pink, I am turned off immediately. A fast grilled burger often doesn't leave enough time for the center to properly cook, once the center is done, a little flame then to lock in all the flavor is perfect. DD#2 likes hers only with a little ketchup-me, I like a good slice of cheese, pepper jack in my favorite, then a squirt of ketchup, mustard, and a little dab of mayo. When we go out for burgers, or I am feeling inspired at home, the topping, and sometimes the insides, get pumped up. Here are a few favorites.
Inside burgers are pretty popular, but hard to make at home without ending up with a mess, but I've tried a couple to some success. I've kept the names I learned some of these by-though I do not know the origin, or what we refer to them by in our family.
- Juicy-Lucy-Cheddar cheese stuffed inside the burger. Molten deliciousness.
- Granny's Favorite-Cream cheese and green olives, salty and creamy goo mixed with the juices. My mouth is watering. this one was hard to make at home, but worth it, as sadly, the bar and grill that made them is closed, I've not seen them on any other menu.
- Patty melt-grilled onions, cheddar cheese, served on toasted rye, pumper nickle or, thick multi grain bread, with a side of thousand island dressing.
- California burger-My mom's favorite with onion, lettuce, and tomato
- California BLT-Same as above with Bacon and cheese
- Fake Granny's or Rook Burger-Cream cheese and green olives, works best to spread thick layer of cream cheese on the bun, and place bun on top of burger for final cooking or the cream cheese melts all over
- Pepper jack and pickles-I love pepper jack cheese, so thick amounts with salty dill pickle slices is phenomenal.
- Crunchy onions-If you end up with leftover french fired onions friend onions from the green beans, keep for burger toppings. The added crunch is tasty
- Ham and cheese-Throw a slice or two of deli ham on the grill, lightly grill the bun, and then put the ham and a slice of American on it right before adding the burger,and you have the best of burgers and grilled ham and cheese together.
- Any darn thing you like. Ive heard of peanut butter and fried eggs, grilled vegetables, and grilling the pickles. No topping is off limits if you like it.
Happy grilling all!
|Our friends son tried The Ultimate Burger challenge-he |
didn't quite make it, but made a good dent.