Hamburgers are a favorite of many and are pretty easy to
prepare. Here in South Louisiana we're always taking the usual and
making it unusually good. Homemade Hamburgers are subject to this
treatment! We'll twist this one up some and see if we can make our
taste buds smile the Cajun way!
As a general rule it takes about 1/2 pound of
meat to make a decent sized burger that will fit on a large bun.
Let's start with 2 1/2 lbs. of ground beef and
1/2 pound of homemade pork sausage (both raw). This amount will
yield about 6 burgers. Be sure to follow all
food safety rules when handling raw ground meats. (Read
Remove the sausage from the casing and
combine both meats in a bowl. Now let's season it. Adjust the
following to your taste.
1 tsp. Worcestershire
1 tbs. your favorite steak sauce (optional)
2 tbs. catsup or barbecue sauce
Few dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce
3 - 4 drops of liquid crab boil
1 tsp. powdered garlic
2 tsp. creole seasoning
1 med. onion minced
1/2 med. bell pepper minced
1/4 cup water
2 lg. eggs
Combine everything with the meat and mix
well. Let the mixture rest in the ice box for about an hour to let
the seasonings dissolve some. Read
more on keeping those burgers together.
the hamburger patties as usual and make them about 3/4" larger
than the bun. The burgers will shrink so doing this will give you a
"bun-fitting" hamburger patty.
Cook the hamburgers on a high heat on each
side for about a minute, then, finish them on a med low heat until
done. The USDA says to cook hamburgers until an internal
temperature of 160║F is achieved.
When they're done spray them on both sides
with a water mist and sprinkle a little salt on them. Put the
patties in a pan with enough water to cover the bottom. Keep them
covered so they don't dry out. Doing all of this will give you a
slightly moister hamburger patty.
To change this up even more use french bread
instead of hamburger buns. Consider spreading a thin coating of
butter on the bun and warming them over the fire.
You can also sautÚ some thinly sliced onion
in butter and Worcestershire on the side for extra flavor. Also
consider making a little onion
gravy to spoon over the hamburger patty.