Burgers are one of my favorite comfort foods. When I am having a bad day, some ground beef and a cast iron pan is all that I need to lighten my mood. However, after watching Food Inc, I try to avoid fast food burger joints because the burgers are mediocre and you really do not know where that cow (or cows) has been. So I decided to make most of my burgers at home and since the Seattle area has plenty of farmers that I can buy meat directly from, I have wonderful options. If you can’t find a local farm that sells directly to the public, shopping at Whole Foods is a good option. Enough preaching, on to the recipe.
- One pound of organic, grass fed beef
- 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- A dash of cayenne pepper
- Two slices of cheddar cheese
- Two slices of onions
- One baguette, cut to size
- The secret to “tender” burgers is not to manhandle the meat. Please treat your ground beef with care.
- The cooking times were for medium cooked burgers
Mix the ingredients together in medium stainless steel bowl and refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. Heat cast iron pan on medium high heat until very hot. Gently form the ground beef into patties and place in pan for 2 1/2 minutes. Flip and place cheese on the cooked side and cover with lid for an additional two minutes. Place burger on toasted roll and enjoy.
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