Simple Beef Hamburger with Goat Cheese
I am sure by now most of us have heard about the culinary 80/20 rule? Eat right 80 percent of the time and indulge ourselves 20 percent of the time. For me this is something more like the 90/10 rule, but same difference. I eat the foods I like because I like them. This hearty simple beef burger recipe is something I only eat on rare occasions, but it is a treat for me when I do. I have used only organic, antibiotic free, hormone and steroid free, pasture raised, grass fed beef. I highly recommend Maverick Ranch Organic Ground beef. Certified organic by the USDA, this is a very good 85% lean beef, retaining just enough fat to ensure an incredibly juicy beef hamburger. Plus topped with goat cheese this easy hamburger recipe becomes a classic meal.
Not all Beef Hamburgers are Created Equal
One pound of ground beef will be enough to make either three medium round or two oversized hamburgers. I try to make them about 6 ounces each. Remove the beef from the packaging and season generously with your desired herbs. Separate into two or three equal portions and form into patty shapes. Using your thumb, make a dimple in the center of each patty. This helps your burger to retain its shape rather than swell and distort with the cooking process.
Best Burger Cooking Methods
The last item I would like to touch on here is the best method of cooking your burger. Hands down for me the charcoal grill makes the best burger. I love the smell in the air of the charcoal burning. I really feel like it is the summer when I smell that smell. However, unless you only want burgers in the summertime, you have to be a little creative at other times of the year. Hence the almighty grill pan. I like to begin my burger on a very hot grill pan. The grill pan leaves you with the grill marks on your burger so it may trick you into believing the burger was actually cooked on a BBQ grill, but any cast iron pan will do. . I don’t know how I cooked before I discovered the almighty cast iron pans. Now I use them for everything.
I like a small spray of a non-stick spray and a lot of heat. I am aiming for a very quick exterior sear on the burgers. Then I transfer the pan to the oven to continue cooking to desired doneness. Finally, make sure that you have all of your toppings and sauces ready to go. You really want to enjoy the burger while it is still hot. Serve with a simple spring mix salad and it becomes a meal the whole family will enjoy.