Summer is here and what is better than a juicy burger to celebrate? This recipe uses a lot of the ingredients I use for my Favorite Meatloaf but with a few tweaks. Make them on the grill or on the stove top and add your favorite toppings! The leftover patty mixture can be used to make a meatloaf too!
*I always just “wing” the amounts of each ingredient I use the first time I make anything, so tweak the recipe amounts to your liking if necessary!
1 lb of Lean Ground Beef
1 Onion, Diced
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Grated Cheese
1/3 Cup of your Favorite BBQ Sauce
1/3 Seasoned Panko Crumbs/ Breadcrumbs
1 Tsp Pepper
1 Tsp Garlic Salt
2-3 Tbsp Cold Water per lb of meat (Optional)
By adding water, it replaces the moisture that escapes during the cooking process and keeps the burger juicy.
Condiments- Relish, Ketchup, Mustard etc
In a large bowl, beat the egg then add the rest of the ingredients, adding the ground beef last and in chunks, mix well. Try not to handle the meat too much- the more you work with it, the tougher it gets.
If the mixture seems too wet, add more of the breadcrumbs. Form the patties and using your thumb, make a circular indent in the middle. This helps keep the burger from puffing out while cooking.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until it is sizzling. If cooking them on a grill, make sure to use a lightly greased, clean grill pan- these are quite juicy and may fall apart easily so the pan will save you a lot of clean up time.
Place the patty in the skillet, indent side up. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Try not to touch the patty! Don’t squish it down with a spatula, or pierce with a fork etc. The less you touch it, the juicier it will be.
Right before flipping, add a tiny pinch of sea salt. Adding salt beforehand sucks the moisture out of the patty, leaving it less juicy. Flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes. With two minutes remaining, add a slice of cheese to the top of the patty.
Toast burger buns and add margarine to each side. Assemble your burger using any condiment and toppings you wish and enjoy! I always love to use avocados, tomatoes and lettuce because they are a refreshing, healthy addition.
What are your favorite things to grill during the summer? Any other tips on making the perfect, juicy, burger? Comment below and let me know!