How to make juicy burgers

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Grilling season has arrived!
This coming Monday is Memorial Day, and this weekend is officially the start of outdoor grilling season. I love grilling because it tastes good, there will not be many pots and pans to clean, and it’s a great way to entertain friends and family. But wait, isn’t grilled meat bad? There’s no proof directly linking consuming grilled meat to health problems, but cooking meat at a high temperature produces advanced glycation end products (AGEs), heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), all of which could lead to health problems. There’s good news though! Marinating meat with herbs, fruits, and some spices can help reduce the potential risks of consuming grilled meat.

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People generally think that meat has to be grilled for the best taste, but that’s not true. I learned this when I ate sliders at White Castle. The way they cook hamburgers is very unique – they use water to cook and it still tastes amazing. I was so impressed that I now do the same thing whenever I cook burgers at home. You might not have control over how food is prepared at restaurants or at your friend’s house, but you can make changes at home, and you can train your taste buds too.

HOMEMADE BURGER 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dry chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • Pink salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup water

Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pickle

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, combine ground beef with garlic powder, dry chopped onion, smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper; mix lightly with fork and cover with wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Make sauce in a small bowl by mixing mayonnaise, ketchup, onion, and pickles all together.
  • Form the mixture into 4 hamburger patties.
  • Using your fingers, make a shallow depression on the centre of each burger.
  • Preheat the frying pan, add canola oil, place the patties on the pan, and cook for 2 minutes each side over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onion and water; cover the lid and cook for 2-3 minutes over high heat.
  • On a hamburger bun or a toasted gluten-free bread, spread the sauce, place the burger, top with sliced tomato and micro greens or lettuce.
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