Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Burger Time!

[that's my favorite arcade game, by the way - I love how the little eggs chase your mini-chef around and all it takes is a flick of your wrist to pepper them into submission...]

I'm pretty sure my family has forgotten what real ground beef tastes like. It's a shame, isn't it? So in lieu of some delishy fatty marbling, I added all kinds of zip to these [turkey] burgers from the Culinary Arts Institute's Ground Meat Cookbook (c)'54 -Spicy Beef Burgers
Set out a large, heavy skillet
Blend together
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon prepared horse-radish
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon msg [damn - I need to start keeping that on hand]
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2-3 drops tobasco sauce
Combine with seasonings and mix lightly
2lbs ground beef [remember, I fudged with turkey]
Shape into 8 patties about 3/4 inch thick
Heat in skillet 1-2 tablespoons fat
Put meat patties in skillet and cook over medium heat until brown on one side. Turn and brown other side. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for cooking patties. Pour off fat as it collects [ugh, don't remind me].

I'll admit that these would have made much tastier burgers, were they beef. So don't follow my digression. I backed off the tobasco since the kids were noshing on them, too - so definitely shake those few drops in on your own terms. And move them to the grill for cooking - I'm not a fan of the 'fry in the fat' patty. So now you're left wondering if I liked them? If I really, really liked them? I did. But I like them only as a friend. We're not in love. It's not the burger, it's me.


  1. I'm going to try these - the burgers I make are always so bland! I love your recipes, retro food is so much heartier than modern cuisine!

  2. I am so trying these! I luv burgers, so these are next! Thanks for sharing!