This coming Memorial Day weekend marks the (unofficial) start of summer, and with that comes longer days, warmer nights and, perhaps most important, the beginning of grilling season. From smoky, saucy barbecue to snappy hot dogs and even treats for dessert, there’s no shortage of savory and sweet items to grill this summer, but what we’re most looking forward to is a juicy, meaty classic: the burger. Simple and classic, stuffed with cheese, piled high with potato chips, stacked with double patties, topped with green chiles — the opportunities for building the ultimate burger are endless, and lucky for all of us, we have more than three long months to enjoy every single one of them. Add all 11 of these must-try recipes to your Recipe Box, and don’t miss out on a summer of burger loving.
Food Network Magazine wants to know what you think makes the perfect hamburger. These days there are plenty of meat substitutes and crazy bun alternatives, but for this survey, think classic beef patty — the kind you grill at a cookout or order at the diner. Vote in the polls below to share your official burger opinions.
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Each week during the run of Best. Ever., FN Dish has been asking fans to share where they enjoy their ultimate eats, and in true superfan fashion, you have delivered in droves with details on the top pizza, barbecue, breakfast and now burgers. But for the first time this week, a noticeable number of fans went beyond just telling us about their best-ever burgers — they showed them to us as well. On Food Network’s Facebook page, multiple readers left comments and posted their personal pictures showcasing meaty monstrosities and over-the-top side dishes, plus notes on where to find these burgers.
If fans’ photos are any indication, you all think beyond the basics when it comes to the hamburger. Take a peek at readers’ photo submissions below to see the piled-high and fully loaded burgers, then read the rest of fans’ burger selects on Food Network’s Facebook page.
Much like a pizza, a hamburger is a culinary blank canvas; to just a single patty and a soft, chewy bun you can add nearly any ingredient and transform the burger into an all-new creation worthy of breakfast, lunch or dinner. On tonight’s fourth and final episode of Best. Ever., your favorite Food Network chefs are exploring their picks for the Best. Burger. Ever., including meaty beauties stuffed with gooey cheese, classic favorites loaded with green chiles and bold, flavorful all-vegetable burgers.
Before you tune in tonight at 10|9c to learn where you can enjoy the stars’ top finds, FN Dish wants to know: When it comes to between-the-bun specialties, what’s the best burger you’ve ever had, and where did you eat it? Was it a juicy, no-frills burger from the diner, topped with cheddar and ketchup, or perhaps a gourmet-style presentation from a 5-star restaurant? Leave a comment below, tell us on Food Network’s Facebook page or Food Network’s Google+ page, or tweet @FoodNetwork using #BestBurgerEver to tell us your local restaurant picks and share your version of the ultimate burger. FN Dish will round up your answers and reveal your top selections on Thursday.
Summertime means grilling time. It also means you might find yourself with an excess of cooked burgers from hosting family and friends. Instead of tossing those leftovers, turn them into chili, tacos, sloppy joes, a 20-minute Bolognese sauce and even wontons. Before we get to the leftovers, though, do you ever wonder what goes into making the perfect burger?
For starters, fat matters if you want juicy burgers. Eighty-five percent is a good blend, and if you have a butcher who will do custom grinds, a mix of sirloin, short rib and brisket is worth the splurge. One last tip: Don’t fuss with your burgers when cooking them. Lay the patties on the grill, and turn them only once, after the underside is cooked. Resist the urge to press the patties flat on the grill. All you’ll do is squeeze the juices out of them.
With summer in full force and grilling season officially underway, The Kitchen co-hosts dedicated an entire hour on this morning’s all-new episode to perhaps the ultimate grill-friendly meal: burgers. Family-friendly and endlessly versatile, hamburgers can feed a crowd and shine both in their simplest form and when dressed up with nontraditional toppings. Katie and Marcela offered a few of their takes on classic between-the-bun creations with Shrimp Burgers with Old Bay Mayo and Grilled Chicken Burgers with Pasilla Aioli, respectively, while Geoffrey, Katie and Sunny made next-level ketchups: Guachup, Spiced Peach Ketchup and Sunny’s Homemade Ketchup.
FN Dish wants to know: When it comes to firing up the grill and searing your ultimate burger, what do you reach for? Is your favorite patty one made of chicken or fish instead of beef, or do you prepare no-meat burgers? Are you a cheese purist and prefer cheddar or American, or do you reach for tangy goat or blue cheeses? Toppings: salty like bacon, or sweet like caramelized onions?
Vote in the poll below to tell FN Dish how you take your best burger (select all that apply).
Let’s talk burgers — big (but not too big), juicy and perfectly turned, with or without cheese, tucked inside a fancy bakery brioche or a basic potato bun, dressed to the nines or served neat. It’s nearly impossible to discuss the finer points of burgers without working up an appetite. But there’s no nibbling around the fact that some burgers are better than others. The question, then: What’s the key to making sure your burgers rank among the best?
According to The New York Times, a lot of it comes down to what you cook the burger on, and those known for the most-perfect patties insist on “heavy, cast-iron pans and griddles.” Yes, even if you’re cooking outside on a grill. Heat the meat in a pan over the fire. Don’t place your patties directly on the grill. “The point is to allow rendering beef fat to gather around the patties as they cook, like a primitive high-heat confit,” Times Senior Editor Sam Sifton explains as he strives to deconstruct “the perfect burger.”
Some would say that we should never, ever tinker with the trinity of lettuce, tomato and onion. And if we had only one burger per year, maybe that would work. But since we’re at the very beginning of summer (we can say “summer” now, right?), we have more than enough time to expand our burger repertoire. This week, FN Dish runs down the line of burger combinations and updates we might not have previously considered.
1. Walk the Plank: Cedar planking isn’t just for salmon. Bobby grills Cedar-Planked Burgers (pictured above) for a complex smokiness. If you ask him, it’ll be the first thing you taste.
While you might think that summer barbecues mean saying goodbye to your intentions to go meatless, thanks to their offerings of rich, juicy beef and grilled chicken, think again. Burgers don’t always have to be made of meat – in fact, vegetarian fillings like lentils and corn can make delicious patties that are simply bursting with flavor.
Food Network Kitchen skips the patty making with a Grilled Portobello Burger with Onion Jam (pictured above). The mushrooms infuse an earthy flavor and chewy texture into the dish, and are steeped in a delicious marinade of olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and thyme, while the horseradish-and-yogurt cream adds a touch of creaminess on top. However, the real star is the onion jam – wine, honey and red wine vinegar combine with the saltiness of red onions to offset the spicy horseradish and add a combination of tastes to the dish.
Burgers take on Louisiana soul in this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. These aren’t your average beef patties. Seasoned with Cajun spices and topped with a quick remoulade sauce — plus sauteed onions, green bell peppers and celery (known as the trinity) — these burgers will become a staple in your home this grilling season.
Get the Recipe: Cajun-Spiced Burgers