Every now and again Todd and I like to treat ourselves to a good burger. I am not fond of store made burgers. I find them too fatty and since the horsemeat scare a few years ago, I have become very suspicious of anything that is pre-pared like that. I know it is silly and they are probably as safe now as they are ever going to be, but they are also ultra fatty. UGH. I hate overly fatty meat.
A nice homemade burger however is a thing of beauty and very delicious. These ones are a bit unusual in that instead of putting the cheese on the outside, you pop it inside before cooking . . .
Nicely seasoned meat is patted out flat into an oval and then you pile cheese on one half and fold the other half over top to seal the cheese in before grilling.
This is one time when you won't want to use the extra lean ground beef. A little bit of fat adds to the moistness of the burgers, but you don't want too much either. I use no more than 10% fat.
I use paprika, worcestershire, garlic and black pepper for seasoning, and there are no fillers at all. These always turn out really delicious.
With a slice of bacon split grilled and placed on top, along with some grilled onions, lettuce and tomato, these always go down a real treat. Todd leaves off the lettuce, but he likes every thing else! I also like to use these really nice cheese buns we get at the local chops. I only toast the insides.
Oh boy, these are some good. A rare red meat treat!
*Inside Out Bacon Cheese Burgers*Makes 4
1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 slices of streaky bacon, cut in half crosswise, grilled and kept warm60g grated strong cheddar cheese (1/2 cup)
Bon Appetit and Happy Friday!