James Beard's Favorite Hamburgers

Martha Price

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The incomparable chef James Beard contributed this recipe to an article published many years ago in the food section of my hometown newspaper. These patties are moist and flavorful, with a savory, mild taste that pairs well with toppings of all kinds - whether spicy, sweet, or ethnic.
Use whatever meat to fat ratio ground beef you desire. Best to use a mild tasting oil (such as Canola) so as not to "clash" with your desired toppings.
My family loves these!


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Serves:

4

Prep:

5 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

2 lb
ground beef
3 Tbsp
grated onion
1 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
pepper
2 - 4 Tbsp
heavy cream - use larger amount with leaner beef
3 Tbsp
oil
3 Tbsp
butter
cheese of your choice, sliced (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Pat the ground beef into a rather flat, large patty. Grate onion directly over meat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon cream over meat.
2
Blend well - but gently - with your hands until combined.
3
Form meat into four patties. - for rare burgers, make patties about 1 and 1/4 inches thick.
4
Heat oil and butter together into a heavy (preferably iron) skillet. When quite hot, add patties and cook to desired doneness. Turn only once or twice while cooking, and DO NOT press meat down with spatula.
5
When done to your liking, add a slice of cheese, if using. Heat from burgers will melt cheese slightly. Prepare buns as desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Burgers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Collection: Let's Have A Picnic
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids