The Best Hamburgers

In my quest for a delicious home cooked hamburger, there have been a few fails...sadly.  While watching a few foodie shows on tv, I started to notice a trend.  Some of the best burgers, according to those in the know, were cooked on neither a gas grill nor charcoal BBQ, but on a flat top or in a cast iron frying pan.  Hmmm...some more research was needed.

Why would a burger taste better in a frying pan?  More surface area in contact with the meat.  More of the meat getting caramelized - instead of just getting a nice char from the grill, you get a nice char all over the patty.

I've tried many techniques over the years, and there have been some tasty results - including several from The Big Green Egg.  However, I must admit that the pan seared burger was one of the tastiest I have had.  Will I stop cooking them on the BBQ?  Probably not, as BBQ'ing is as much about being outdoors with a frosty beverage, as it is about the food.

I purchased some top sirloin steak, which I then ground to make some fresh ground beef (also this way, I could cook it medium-well, since I ground it myself.

Seasoned the beef with salt and pepper then formed the patties.   I chose not to put anything in the burgers except salt and pepper.  Fried in a little butter in a cast iron skillet - about 3 minutes per side for a medium-well burger.

Muy fantastico!

Garnished with ketchup, mustard, jalapeno cheddar, tomato and fried onions

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