Ah, hamburger. How you confuse me. I don’t like you, but I like you. Sometimes. You are yucky just cooked on the stovetop and placed between a bun. You are yummy when cooked on a grill and placed between a toasted bun. You are simply weird. Really, it’s you — not me. I swear I’m the normal one in the relationship.
Okay, maybe it is me. But you have to admit, hamburger is just plain weird. It’s sort of ugly and ground beef is not an appealing name in my book. But my Dad really loves hamburgers, more than steak or prime rub. He is a true hamburger aficionado. Since this post is for him, well, I gotta go with what he loves.
Now you may think a recipe for hamburgers is a bit of a stretch. It’s ground beef, salt and pepper. My Dad would certainly approve of a good, basic burger. However, I wanted to jazz them up a bit in his honor, without going overboard. A good burger doesn’t need to be complicated, although a couple extra ingredients can really turn a good burger into one worthy of my Dad.
I made these burgers for my family when they came to visit me in May. Sadly, the grill was out of propane so I wasn’t able to grill the burgers, but everyone still raved about them (except me, remember stove-top burgers are yucky). The seasoning mix is what really makes them good, and it is a great all-purpose seasoning with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne powder.
You may notice there is no salt and pepper in the seasoning mix. That’s on purpose. In most situations, I prefer adding the salt and pepper directly to the meat, so it is to my preference. When there is salt in a seasoning mix, I either end up over-or-under salting the meat and neither tastes great.
When it comes to making hamburgers, I also don’t mix in the salt and pepper with the meat. I sprinkle it on the top and bottom of each burger right before grilling. Salt draws moisture out of the burger, which you don’t want. You want a nice juicy burger. Plus, the salt and pepper also help form that yummy crust too.
This is such a great hamburger. Flavorful, juicy and a little bit decadent. The perfect hamburger to celebrate dads this Father’s Day. While I can’t be with my Dad on Father’s Day, he will definitely be in my thoughts. And the next time he comes to visit, these will undoubtedly be own the menu again.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I love you!