Hopdoddy – Austin, TX. Hands down the best burger I have ever eaten!
And I have eaten several….
My family loves great burgers! We scout out new burger joints, take the kids, peruse the menu, make our picks, critique the burgers, compare them against our favorites and fondly retell stories of the greatest burgers we have eaten together. It’s almost a hobby. A very enjoyable one at that.
As much as we like going out for great burgers we also like grilling them out at home. So, being the one in kitchen preparing the burger for the grill, I am fully aware that MY burgers will be critiqued and compared by these little connaseures. They will also be fondly remembered in years to come if I can make sure they are…well, memorable!
Occasionally, I get fancy with toppings and sometimes I put the ingredients into the meat, but my absolute favorite standby and guaranteed crowd pleaser is the “Butter Burger”.
A great burger begins with great beef. These start with 1 lb. of grass-fed beef. Place in a large mixing bowl, add 2 egg yolks and season with salt and pepper. Mix by hand and form into 4 patties. Then the magic. Cut very cold butter into pats about 1 tablespoon each and set them on the center of each patty. Press gently and reform the patty around the butter in the center. You will be able to feel it and you’ll want to keep it in the middle with meat on both sides. Sounds tricky, but it’s simple to do.
Send your handsome Hubby out to the grill and remind him that a burger should be close to Medium-Rare (up to Medium if you must, but if you go into the med-well or well-done categories you will end up with a hole in your burger and butter on your plate).
While he is outside slaving over that hot grill, wrap all of the burger buns in a large packet of foil and heat in the oven on 350 for about 5min. Then get your plates and buns ready with all the condiments and toppings your family likes.
And now I want to hear from YOU! What is your favorite burger memory? Where did you get it and why was it awesome?