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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Wish Come True: The Best Hamburger Seasoning
Yes, that's right. I couldn't take it any more and had to try the burger seasoning that boasts so shamelessly to be the best and guess what! It was pretty darn good. Maybe not my favorite burger seasoning because it was super spicy and I happen to have a recipe that I use regularly that I love, but man was there plenty of flavor!
Usually I like to mix the seasoning into the meat, gently of course because I know that the less you handle the meat the better the burger will be. Since the recipe said to sprinkle the seasoning on top I decided to do as instructed. I coated the entire burger in the seasoning, including all around the sides of the burger.
I don't have a real grill (we used to live in an apartment with no place for a grill and after living so long without one I just never saw a reason to spend money on a grill) so I used my George Foreman grill. I cooked them to well done since Aaron is always afraid of undercooked meat and dressed them up with what I had on hand. My burger had a little Swiss cheese, some bread and butter pickles, spinach, and mayo and mustard.
I made 1/3 lb burgers because I have a habit of making large hamburger buns. These buns I actually bought from the Kroger bakery but mine are of comparable size. I can say for sure that I will have these burgers again, but I might leave out the cayenne so I can feed them to Bailey.
The Best Hamburger Seasoning
Source: Budget Savvy Diva
1 lb lean ground beef (would work well with ground turkey as well)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dark brown sugar
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cayenne (optional in my opinion)
burger buns and fixings of your choice
Begin by heating your grill. All I had to do was plug mine in but real outdoor grills take more work and time to get going.
In a small bowl combine the paprika, pepper, salt, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne.
Mix with a fork until well combined.
Form the meat into patties, mine made three, and use your thumb to make a dimple in the center of each patty.
Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the patties, coating both sides and around the edges.
Place on the heated grill and cook to desired temperature. On my George Foreman grill they took 5-10 minutes each. (It's a small grill so I could only fit two burgers at a time.)
Place the cooked burgers on a clean plate and top immediately with cheese to give it time to melt.
Dress the burgers however you like. I like mayo and mustard, bread and butter pickles, and Swiss cheese and though you can't see it there's some baby spinach under that burger.
Serve warm with french fries.