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    The Ultimate Homemade Burger

    The Ultimate Homemade Burger

    I’ve mentioned it many times before that my husband and I are major foodies. Like some people enjoy various hobbies, such as scrapbooking, video games, and playing an instrument, for us, food is viewed much in the same way. We not only love eating great food, but there is such joy in searching out new amazing local restaurants and sampling their menu. Or creating new recipes in our kitchen. And while my husband and I have many other, more traditional hobbies that we enjoy, this “food” hobby is something we enjoy together. And that’s really important in any relationship…to be able to find something that you love doing together.

    Ever since my first pregnancy, I’ve developed a love for burgers. Unfortunately, it started with a Big Mac from McDonalds (one of the very first cravings I ever had). Thankfully, my love for burgers has evolved far past the Big Mac now. We’ve discovered all kinds of amazing burgers, both bought in store and in local restaurants. Our favorite burgers in Toronto are from The Burger’s Priest, P&L Burger and Jack Astors (but I’ll save that for another post!)

    The Ultimate Homemade Burger

    We can’t obviously eat out all the time being a family of five, so my hubby started exploring with his own homemade recipe, inspired by his favourites from the restaurants listed above. Let me tell you, as someone who has eaten A LOT of burgers the last five years, my hubby has hands down, come up with the ultimate homemade burger! I would not lie to you about this. This is the ONLY homemade burger recipe you will ever need. Stop buying the pre-made patties…just follow this recipe and your family will be begging for more! Guaranteed!

    So what makes these homemade burgers so special anyways? Well, simply put, it all comes down to the beef. If you want to eat good burgers, you gotta let the diet go out the window…story of my life! Seriously, though, in order to make the ultimate homemade burger, you are going to need fresh, ground chuck. This meat comes from the neck and shoulder of the cow and is typically very fatty BUT has an immense amount of flavor. This is why is it the best cut of meat when making burgers. I know that we all hear about lean ground beef and how that’s the best option (when eating beef), but if you are wanting to make this ultimate homemade burger, skip the lean and go straight for the fatty stuff. I promise you, it WILL be worth it. You can sometimes find this in your local grocery store, but often times, you will need a trip to your local butcher to find it. 

    The Ultimate Homemade Burger

    The second thing to know when making these homemade burgers is that you do not need ANYTHING other than ground chuck for your patty. People tend to think you need eggs or bread crumbs, amongst other things, to hold the beef together. But it’s not true. You only need to season the beef well with salt and pepper. That’s it, that’s all.

    The Ultimate Homemade Burger

    Finally, even though most people think barbecued burgers are king, we’ve come to learn that the best burgers come from either a flattop or a cast iron frying pan. Because you aren’t filling the patty with any “filler”, the meat will likely fall apart more easily. So placing it on the BBQ is not a good idea. But secondly (and probably more importantly) is that when cooking on a flattop or cast iron pan, it seals the meat, locking in all the flavors as it cooks and get caramelized. This step is critical in experiencing the ultimate homemade burger. 

    The Ultimate Homemade Burger

    So now that you are salivating at the sounds of this amazing recipe, let’s show you how to make it!

    The Ultimate Homemade Burger
    The most delicious homemade burger you will ever have! Guaranteed!
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    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    15 min
    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    15 min
    Ingredients
    1. 5-6 ounces of ground chuck, per pattie
    2. Salt & Pepper, to taste
    3. Hamburger buns
    Toppings
    1. Bacon
    2. Avocado
    3. Red Onions
    4. Cheese
    5. Iceberg Lettuce
    6. Tomatoes
    Instructions
    1. Form meat into patties, making sure to weigh each one with a food scale for consistency.
    2. Season both sides of the patty with salt and pepper (treat it like a good steak)
    3. Heat cast iron pan to medium high heat
    4. Add a touch of oil to the pan
    5. Just as the pan comes to a smoke, place the patties in
    6. Cooke for 5-7 minutes, per side
    7. Make sure the patty has a good crust on it before you flip sides
    8. Once cooked, serve immediately with whatever toppings you love!
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    So there you have it, the recipe for the ultimate homemade burger! You can change up the toppings to use whichever ones you like. Same with the buns. But whatever you do, do NOT change up the patty! I’m telling you, this IS the best homemade burger you will ever!

    The Ultimate Homemade Burger

    Love & Blessings,

    CMartin-Sign

     


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  • Reply Francesca August 31, 2015 at 9:34 am

    These look soooo good! Bacon and avocado count me in! We love Burger’s priest too! I love a good burger recipe, I’m trying this one ASAP!

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Awesome! Let me know how it turns out for you! xox

  • Reply sara August 31, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Looks delicious! Now I am starving!

  • Reply Nichole aka CuppaGeek August 31, 2015 at 9:54 am

    This looks so good! It is only 9am and I’m craving a burger now!

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Haha sorry about that! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Meredith August 31, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Ok, it’s 9:30 in the morning and you just made me extremely hungry!!!! This post is right up my alley. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

      So funny! Let me know how you like it! xox

  • Reply Jenn Korolewski August 31, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Oh my goodness, I’m drooling. I agree that the meat makes all the difference. We typically purchase 1/2 a cow and have it processed into ground beef. I don’t know if I could eat the regular grocery store stuff anymore. Looks yummy!!

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

      We’ve been thinking about that too. Will have to look into it! Thanks for stopping by Jenn! xox

  • Reply Cynthia @craftoflaughter August 31, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Yum, I love a good burger sometimes! Yours looks delicious!

  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness August 31, 2015 at 11:27 am

    YUMMY! Perfect for the upcoming Labor Day holiday! That burger looks like perfection in a bun!

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

      It pretty much is Chrissa! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Aishwarya S August 31, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Delicious! My mom made burger at home once and it was the best one I ever had! 🙂

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

      They really can’t compare to store bought! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Heather @ The Deans List Blog August 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    YUM. I am so hungry, I may have to make myself a burger for dinner tonight! Pinning this!

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Awesome! Thanks Heather! Let me know how it turns out! xox

  • Reply Liz Jo August 31, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Love your homemade burger! ours is very similar we just put tony chacheres’ on ours for seasoning instead.

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by! xox

  • Reply Brittany Bergman August 31, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Yum! I was totally craving a burger this weekend, and you better believe I indulged. I just miss eating them medium instead of well done! These burgers look amazing. I don’t know that I’ve ever tried ground chuck, but I will! When prices are low enough (which isn’t often), I like to use grass-fed beef. The fat has a totally different flavor, and it’s delicious!

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

      I remember that when I was pregnant…which is why I barely ate steak! What was the point! haha! Enjoy Momma! xox

  • Reply Miranda @ Miranda Writes August 31, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Yes to flat top burgers! I don’t like the hassle of trying to grill them outside when I’m not already grilling something (or cooking for a crowd). They are so much faster and easier that way. I agree that you need great beef from the start. I still love to add an egg to mine, but just because I love the texture and added moisture. This is making me really hungry. Haha!

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

      I think the egg might hold it better together. I will say, they do fall apart more easily this way. But with the ground chuck and stovetop method, there is no issue of moisture. Quite opposite…I usually need like 10 napkins for one burger! haha!

  • Reply LiNdsay August 31, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Oh my gosh girl, I noticed you didn’t say Holy Chuck’s. If you haven’t tried, you must!!! Near Yonge and St. Clair or Woodbridge. 🙂

    Yours looks delish! I’m hungry now, thanks! Lol

    Xo

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

      I haven’t tried it but my hubby has and he still says the Priest is better! But I will try them one of these days!! xox

  • Reply Jaclyn August 31, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Hi, can we come over for dinner? Thanks. 😀 My husband cooks burgers inside, too!

  • Reply Samantha September 1, 2015 at 11:27 am

    My mouth is watering!! I need to try this! Bookmarked thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Samantha! Let me know how it turns out for you! xox

  • Reply jessica September 1, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    This LOOKS good! Back in the day when we only had one child my husband use to make patties….I miss the good old days!

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:16 am

      haha! It’s so good! Enjoy girl! xox

  • Reply Carly @ FitLiving blog September 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    So simple, yet looks so delicious! I’m always so tempted to fill my burgers with spices, sauces, and fillings. I like when we cook burgers on my grill since my husband is on duty, but I will have to try it in a skillet next time 🙂

    • Reply Christine September 3, 2015 at 11:15 am

      Yes try it on the stovetop and I guarantee it will make a world of a difference! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Melanie October 26, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I’m here sitting at work with my stomach going crazy..making loud ferocious sounds as I read this recipe. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Reply Christine November 13, 2016 at 7:11 am

      Too funny Melanie. Hope you tried the recipe and enjoyed it as much as we did.

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