Welcome to Spring, Geauga! There’s lots for you to do in this week’s edition of the Geauga News Weekly Roundup. Check out all the events for kids this weekend, including the 20th Annual KidsShow at Mentor Mall. Attend the Lakeland Community College Career Fair this Tuesday and find your next job. Also, learn how to make the perfect stovetop hamburger and check out our five favorite homemade burger recipes!
Events on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Events on Friday, March 23rd, 2018
Events on Saturday, March 24th, 2018
How to Make the Best Stovetop Burger
Who doesn’t love the taste of a juicy burger? Hamburgers are a simple meal that you and your family can enjoy making together. It’s a great recipe for kids or teens learning how to cook for themselves. Don’t waste money on pre-packaged pattys when you can make a delicious homemade burger on your stovetop.
Today, we’ll show you the 11 steps for making the best stovetop burger. Learn how to cook the best stove top burger, then check out our five best homemade burger recipes.
How to Make the Best Homemade Hamburger
Step #1 – Correct Meat Selection: You want to buy ground beef with an 80/20 lean-to-fat ratio. Beef with higher fat content keeps juicy on the inside while crisping on the outside – and that’s perfect for burgers. Try and buy freshly ground beef from your butcher, since it’s easier to work with and tends to be tastier.
Step #2 – Patty Formation: Portion control is key here. Separate your beef into equal portions – either ¼ or ⅓ of a pound each. Gently roll the beef portions into a loose ball. You can do a half pound per ball – but then make sure you follow our next point.
Step #3 – Burger to Bun Ratio: Burgers on a stove top tend to shrink. So, wider pattys are better, even if the burger looks a little bigger than the buns. Decide if you want a thin and crispy or a thick and juicy burger. Then, press your beef portions into burger patties that match your buns. Personally, we like a burger that’s about ¾ inches thick at the edges and ½ inch thick at the middle.
Step #4 – Preheat the Pan: After you form your patties, set your stove to a medium-high heat, and preheat a large pan or skillet on your stovetop. Before you start cooking, sprinkle a few drops of water on the pan. You want a hot pan – so, If the water evaporates right away, you’re good to go. You don’t need to add any cooking oil because you’re cooking with red meat.
Step #5 – Press the Dimple: Finish shaping your burger patty with a gentle press to the middle of the meat. Pressing a small dimple into the middle of the burger prevents shrinkage during cooking.
Step #6 – Season and Cook: Using salt and pepper, season one side of your burger before you put it in the pan. Put that side of the burger face-down in the pan so it cooks first. After the burger hits the pan, season the top of your patty. Feel free to add additional seasonings to your burger, such as garlic, onion powder or crushed red pepper.
Step #7 – Proper Cook Temperature: Cook your burger to your desired temperature. If you want to be exact, you use a food thermometer to reach your ideal degree of doneness. You can also do the three touch test with your hand. To check the meat’s temperature by eye, use a fork and knife to open up a small piece of your burger.
Step #8 – One Flip & No Fiddling: It should take about 4-5 minutes for each side of your burger to cook, but every stovetop and pan is different. When your burger reaches an ideal cook on one side, flip it over and cook the opposite side for an equal amount of time. Don’t play with your patty. Too much flipping makes your beef lose its juicy flavor. If you do things right, you only need to flip your burger once.
Step #9 – Get Your Plate Ready: While your burger cooks, get your buns and garnish on standby. Get set to serve your family, friends and yourself. This way you’re ready to eat your burger while it’s nice and hot.
Step #10 – Cheese Melt: If you like cheese on your burger, melt on cheese for the last thirty-seconds to one minute of your cook. Partially cover your cookware with a lid, so steam can still escape, and the cheese will melt perfectly on the patty.
Step #11 – Enjoy Your Burger: There you have it, the best stove top burger for you and your family to make at home! Pair french fries, onion rings or a side salad to make it a full meal.
Is your mouth watering for a delicious stove top burger? Check out our five homemade burger recipes after Monday’s events!
Events on Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Events on Monday, March 26th, 2018
Five Homemade Burger Recipes
Now that you know how to make the best stove top burger, check out these five homemade hamburger recipes.
#1. The Bacon, Swiss and Mushroom: Saute seasoned mushrooms and onions in a pan. Sizzle up some bacon. Add both toppings to your finished burger. Serve on a toasted kaiser roll. Optionally, add BBQ sauce and/or mayonnaise.
#2. The TLT: Use ground turkey as the beef for your burger. Cook it the same as above, but add a little olive oil to the pan. Serve on a toasted hamburger bun, rye bread or sourdough. Garnish with lettuce and tomato. Optionally, add mayonnaise.
#3. The All American: Melt yellow and white American cheese onto a thin and crispy burger. Feel free to make two or three patties and stack them up on a single hamburger bun. Garnish with lettuce, tomato, red onion, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.
#4. The Fungi: An over-sized portobello mushroom replaces your beef burger. Add bleu cheese crumbles or gouda. Serve on lettuce wraps or lightly toasted ciabatta. Garnish with roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes and/or aioli sauce.
#5. The Cheesey Champion: Pick your four favorite cheeses – in our case, it’s sharp cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella and colby jack. Layer the cheeses on the burger and melt for about one minute. Serve on a toasted hamburger bun with your choice of garnish and toppings.
Bonus Burger – The Create Your Own: Feel free to modify any of these suggestions and make the burger of your dreams!
Which of these delicious burgers will you try this weekend? Write to [email protected] and let us know!
Events on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
Events on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
Come Back Next Week for More Local Events in Northeast Ohio!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s edition of The Geauga News Weekly Round Up! Be sure to check in next week for more local news and events in your area. Have a great weekend!
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