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QUARTER POUND BURGER
QUARTER POUND BURGER RECIPE #1
- 1 sesame-seed Bun
- 1/4 pound ground beef
- salt, to taste
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1 teaspoon chopped Onion
- 2 dill pickle slices
- 2 slices American cheese
1. Brown the faces of the bun in a large frying pan over medium heat.
2. Roll the ground beef into a ball and then flatten on wax paper until about 1/2 inch thick.
3. Cook the burger for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Salt each side during the cooking.
4. Spread Ketchup and then the mustard on the top bun, then add the onion and pickle.
5. Place 1 slice of cheese on the bottom bun, then the beef patty, then the other slice of cheese.
6. Top off the sandwich with the top bun.
QUARTER POUND BURGER RECIPE #2
- 1 quarter-pound frozen beef patty
- 1 sesame seed bun
- 1 tablespoon fresh onion, diced
- 2 Heinz hamburger slices (pickles)
- 2 slices real American cheese (optional)
- Hamburger Seasoning
Hamburger Seasoning Ingredients:
- 4 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons Accent (msg)
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Mix all hamburger seasoning ingredients well in a spice shaker with big enough holes to allow pepper to flow. Makes about 3 ounces. Use on all hamburgers. (unless you're allergic to msg, then just use salt and pepper.)
Pre-heat an electric grill to 400°F. (If cooking more than one, also pre-heat an electric grill for toasting the sesame seed buns). Lay the beef frozen patty on the grill, and after about 20 seconds, sear it. Sear by pressing down with the back of a spatula and adding pressure on the front of the spatula with your free hand. Apply pressure for 6 to 8 seconds. (this will give it a crusty skin, or sear that will seal in the juices. After searing, spinkle liberally with pre-mixed Hamburger Seasoning. 2-1/2 to 3 minutes after searing, turn. Be careful not to tear the sear you just created. Add another dash Seasoning. Lay the crown of the bun facedown on an unused, clean portion of the grill. It will toast very quickly, so move it around in a circular motion to prevent burning. After about 30 seconds the bun will be toasted enough. Remove to dress, and lay the heel facedown to the same spot on the grill.
DRESSING THE BUN:
Put five squirts of mustard around the toasted crown about 1/2 inch from the edge, equally spaced. Then put five squirts of ketchup in the pattern of a five on dice and the size of a nickle on the toasted bun. Make the center one the size of a quarter.
Add about a tablespoon of freshly chopped white onion, and the two pickle slices, evenly spaced.
If you are making a quarter pound burger with cheese, lay one slice of real American cheese on top of the condiments.
You meat should be done (2-1/2 to 3 more minutes after turning). Press the beef patty with the spatula to squeeze out excess fat, then remove. Press it again between the spatula and your free hand to addtionally drain the fat.
Lay it on top of your dressed crown and add the toasted heel. If you are making a quarter pound burger with cheese, lay another slice of real American cheese on top of the patty before adding the heel. Lay it so the corners are off alignment with the other cheese slices corners, making a star.
Wrap it in a pre-cut 12 x 12-inch sheet of waxed paper and either microwave it for 15 seconds, or allow it to be warmed in your pre-heated (lowest setting) oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
CHOOSE YOUR MEAT WISELY
It has been recommended by several hamburger recipes to use Topps beef patties. The company had problems with E. coli meat contamination and ceased operations on October 5th, 2007 due to pending lawsuits. For more information: Topps Meat Company - Wikipedia
Before it is time to make your burgers, take one pound of ground chuck and divide into 4 pieces. Form each piece into a round ball. On waxed paper, press into a round patty just under 1/2-inch thick, and about 5 inches in diameter. Freeze patties until needed. If you feel you need to obtain pre-made frozen beef patties, here is a link to a few resources:
BEEF PATTY PRODUCTS
Amazon: Quarter Pound Beef Patties Grocery & Gourmet Food Products
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