There’s no doubting that burgers come in as many different sizes and flavors as chocolate candies. But ask most men where they go to get a really great burger and they’ll either have to think a bit on it or they’ll roll off one distinctly favorite place, reserved solely for special occasions or “Guys Night Out”.
Clearly, there’s a vast difference in a typical burger that you can find around the next corner and a manly burger that’s shaped and crafted into a mouth-watering delight, capable of leaving a lasting impression on your taste buds and in your mind. The memory of a good burger forever stays with a man.
Today, we’re going to look at what makes a manly burger.
Forget the pre-made patties. Those plastic-tasting imitators might as well be the miniature frisbies they more closely resemble. Nothing will make a man consider a life of being a vegan any faster than biting into a once-frozen, round lump of cheap meat disguised as an all true beef burger.
Go get a pound of beef that is around 80% lean and 20% fat. We’re not trying to make the most health-conscious choice here. This burger is all about flavor and that extra fat will yield a much tastier burger than a leaner, high-priced meat. It also means you don’t have to add butter to keep your burger from sticking.
Grind the hamburger beef yourself. If you’ve never used a meat grinder, it’s time to start. We dare say that you’ll even become addicted. While grinding makes a fuller burger, the primary reason is that the fat is more evenly distributed throughout the meat while being cooked, enhancing flavor all the more.
Grinding makes for a noticeable difference in your meat.
Create thinner patties for cooking. This allows for even heating and ultimately creates a more tender burger.
Don’t ruin a manly burger with too many ingredients. If you want to add bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce and parsley leaves, you should be making a meatloaf. We want the meat flavor to shine through.
Make a small indentation in the center of your burger before cooking (never during!). Meat tends to swell up in the middle while being cooked and this helps to prevent a lopsided, unevenly cooked burger.
Cook at just slightly above medium-heat. While cooking, lightly season with salt and heavily season with pepper on both sides. You really can’t use too much pepper.
If you’re cooking on an open grill, refrain from pressing on your burgers at all with a spatula. You’ll be squeezing some of the best flavor right out. If you’re pan-cooking them indoors, pressing them won’t hurt and can allow for a more evenly cooked burger.
Be sure to have fresh buns on hand. Nothing can ruin a manly burger like buns that have been in the cabinet for days. Fresh, light, fluffy buns are a requirement for a manly burger.
Add some cheese if you’re a fan (and who isn’t?), a few onions and enjoy a more delicious burger than you could purchase anywhere in town.