7.11.2012

Burger Night, with Little (Greasy) Potatoes

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I make pretty awesome turkey burgers, that are filled with all kinds of secret and delicious ingredients. But for my beef burgers, I keep things simple, and don't mess with the meat too much. And these too, end up pretty terrific. Since I didn't start off on the most humble note, there's no use pretending. My burgers are good.

Unlike turkey, which tends to be bland and dry, good beef just needs a few enhancements, some good cheese, and tasty sides. I always like potatoes with my burgers, or with anything. For this burger night, I boiled fingerling potatoes, then threw them on the grill. Now, I should probably stop the sharing right there, and let you think we ate grilled potatoes, but the truth is, that's not the truth. Since we happened to also cook our bacon on the grill, in foil, right next to the potatoes, I couldn't help but take each potato and (lightly) roll it in the bacon grease. Now don't judge. Bacon grease is delicious, and besides, we didn't want it to go to waste. Seasoned (not so lightly) with rosemary sea salt, these little taters were perfection.

Another simple trick that made this meal better was custom sauce. Sounds fancy right? Well, it wasn't. Mayo, sriracha, a little bit of minced garlic and shallots. These four ingredients added a nice little kick. As did the bacon. I'm usually not too excited about bacon on my burgers, but we had bacon, it needed cooking. Remember, waste not!
Keep It Simple Burgers

1 lb ground beef, the fatty kind
green onions, thinly sliced, I used a nice long one from the garden
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1-2 tbsp of panko bread crumbs
1-2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Combine your ingredients, and shape burgers. Don't over mix. This is a good time to practice your lazy skills, and take it easy with the meat.

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