Burgers need love. They need attention. They need fresh ingredients. They need a grill-chef who knows how to season them and can cook them to perfection!
Burgers are personal....
- The meat can vary from ground sirloin to ground pork, to ground turkey or your favorite combination, such as sirloin and bacon ground together. It just needs to be fresh.
- Burgers can be grilled or they can be pan-seared to seal in the flavor. Which method is best? Again, it is personal preference.
- How about seasoning? Go with the basic to start, salt and pepper!
- Garden fresh toppings...crisp lettuce, a thick slice of tomato, purple onion and pickle slices. Here's another spot for personal preference.
- A nicely toasted bun is a must. Spread a little butter on the bun and put them face down on the top rack of the grill or face up under the broiler.
- Build the burger and finish with your favorite sauce!
Do you have a secret sauce that you love on a hamburger? A mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup (Thousand Island dressing) used to be my favorite but I stepped out of the box! I tried a new sauce that I found. It was in a cookbook that had been sitting on the shelf....not used much, just sitting there. What a mistake! The cookbook is The Good Stuff Cookbook by Spike Mendelsohn. Yes, it is the guy who was on Top Chef and yes, he has an eatery in Washington D. C.
His book is full of Good Stuff like burgers, sauces, sides, and shakes! The amazing sauce I made is his Good Stuff Sauce. I cut the recipe in half....two people can only eat so much Good Stuff!
Amazing Good Stuff Sauce
The Good Stuff Cookbook by Spike Mendelsohn
2 cups Homemade Basic Mayonnaise or Hellman's
2 Tbsp ketchup
2 Tbsp molasses
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp salt
Add the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor or a blender. Puree until smooth. The sauce can be kept for up to a week if refrigerated in an airtight container.
That is it....pretty basic and I must admit that this amazing sauce is darn good stuff!