Hamburgers are so ubiquitous, I didn't put up a recipe
for a long time because - well, it's like a peanut butter
sandwich. Who doesn't know how to make one? But
then, I had to teach myself, and I made a few mistakes
along the way, so here you go if you're a beginner.
Get you some ground beef. Lean is better, because
who needs a lot of fat? Squish it into a patty
a little larger than the diameter of the bun. Press
it thinner than you'd think you ought, because it will
pull in on the sides, and when I was first starting
out I ended up with some nearly spherical burger patties!
in a pan, adding garlic and/or any other
spices you like. Not salt; this can cause the burger
to turn out dry. Turn once after a minute or two, depending
on how well done you like it, and press it down with
the spatula. Then drain the meat on paper towels. This
removes fat and keeps the burgers from getting soggy
in the box.
When you assemble the burger, put a leaf of lettuce
above and below the meat to make sure it doesn't get
the bread soggy. Top with sliced pickle (pressed between paper
towels for the same reason as the meat), American cheese,
and whatever else you feel like. Sauces like ketchup
or BBQ sauce should be added when you're ready to eat.
One variation I recommend is adding chopped-up water
chestnuts to the raw beef. They add a pleasant crunch
to the texture. Yeah, it sounds weird, but I like it.
Another fun variation is the ham burger. Just use
ground pork instead of ground beef.