Guys, tomorrow I’ll fly to the country with the most amazing Burgers I’ve ever eaten.
Sadly Burgers in Germany most of the time don’t live up to American standards. Don’t get me wrong, there are some places with excellent Burgers here in Germany, too but they are few and far between. So most of the time I am more happy to make my own. Eating a bad Burger is just so wrong!
Let’s talk Burger basics. I might sound like a broken record but in my book the perfect Burger consists of three different things:
Personally I am a very greedy person and I want it all. Taste and texture, sweet and spicy, a little acid, a fresh kick and also something salty.
A crispy bun, a spicy and juicy patty and creamy guacamole. Salsa for a little acid, cheese for this delicous melty flavor and bacon to add some salty crispiness. People I can’t say anymore or I’ll start licking my screen.
- 600 g ground beef
- 3 T hot mustard (I use a whole-grain brand)
- 3 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
- 1 tsp ginger paste or finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1 T tandori masala
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp kurkuma
- 1 tsp Sriracha (or any other hot sauce)
- 2 T orange juice
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F)
- In a large medium mixing bowl combine all the dry spices
- Add the mustard, garlic, ginger, Sriracha and orange juice and stir well until you have a spicey paste
- Now add the ground beef and knead through until the spices are completely mixed in the meat. I use my hands but you can also use a fork.
- Now divide the meat into 4 parts, give every part another gentle knead and form a patty
- Place them on a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes
- Now flip the patties and cover with cheese if you like to make it a Cheese Burger
- Bake for another 12 minutes
- I really recommend using your hands when you knead in the spices into the meat because for me it never worked properly any other way
- The spicy paste will look and smell like too much for the meat. It's supposed to be that way. The meat will swallow some of the flavor. A little too much is exactly right!
A few words on how I like to layer my Burger. For optimal texture experience I always alter a soft componentwith a crispy one. On the bottom half of the bun I start with the salad. Then I add the salsa and the burger patty with the melted cheese on top. Next there comes the bacon which is going to be topped off with a giant dollop of guac. On top there goes the top half of the bun.
Of course you can also add anything else. I think of tortilla chips, onion rings, pickles (though I personally despise them), fries (heaven!), any other kind of veggies or even fruit – the possibilities are endless…
… now you go figure!
Okay guys I am officially totally gaga about a burger now and also pretty short in time to pack up all my stuff for the trip. I am excited and all kinds of happy. I’ll be gone for a full week and therefore not be posting up here.
You can of course follow all my shenanigans in New York City and Cleveland on my Instagram. If we’re not friends by now add me and let’s become friends.
See you guys there 🙂