Best Burger Ever
1 pound hamburger meat
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 medium onion
Buns or Bread
Butter for toasting buns or bread
The hamburger meat is key to the best burger. We buy ours at Sam’s. When we first bought the hamburger there, I couldn’t believe there could be such a huge difference in flavor, but there is. Buy the best you can.
First, take a pound of hamburger meat and sprinkle with one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of pepper, and one-quarter teaspoon of garlic powder. Add one small egg or just the yolk of a large egg. Then grate a third to half of a medium sized onion and add to the meat and seasoning. (Cut the rest of the onion into slices and set aside.) Mix together gently. Shape your patties.
Preheat your skillet or grill. My skillet is stainless steel, so I use Pam Olive Oil spray to coat the bottom before heating it. When your skillet or grill is hot and ready, place the patties on it and cook to desired doneness. When the patties are done on one side, I put the onions around the outside of the pan to cook. You can use a separate skillet to cook them or wait until the burgers are done and use the same skillet. When Dave grills the burgers, I usually cook the onions in a skillet on the stove.
While the burgers are cooking, spread softened butter on your hamburger buns or on both sides of pieces of bread and toast in a skillet. You don’t have to do this, but it makes the sandwich so much better!
I shaped those first patties into squares to match the bread pieces. When they were done, I placed a piece of buttery toasted bread on two plates, added a cooked patty to each, (The meat we get from Sam’s usually has very little grease and there is no need to drain after cooking.) piled on cooked onions, and topped with another piece of bread.