Saturday, February 6, 2010
Blast Off Burgers
My question is usually, "what are the goodies this time?" First thought was make the kind with walnuts. Nuts add something besides the crunchies. There is a subtle flavor that only improves the burgers. Usually, I put in both soy sauce and Worcestershire for that blast off flavor and it works every time. As, I went down the list from barbecue sauce burgers to sweet and sour, I thought about the package of mushrooms, I had bought and the one potato, I had left from the stuffed potatoes, I had made and must share with you. What a change of pace for us!
I ended up, using a little bit of this and a little bit of that and making a super good burger. Since Hubby has celiac, we do not eat ours on buns so they have to really stand alone. No condiments - never ketchup. Maybe, a slice of tomato or a pickle slice---nothing to ruin the pure taste. I think that this hamburger was well treated by me in our 6 time a year affair. This is what I tempted him with.
Ingredients - made 6 small to medium size hamburgers
1 large potato mashed
4 button mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup vegetable broth (part for pan and part for hamburger
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 Worcestershire sauce (could add a bit more)
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Both soy and Worcestershire should be split in halves and used half for the pan and half for the hamburger)
Combine liquid ingredients, broth, soy sauce and Worcestershire and place one half of liquid in large skillet.
Just to show you how I appreciate my immersion blender, I chopped the mushrooms and onions with it.
Combine potato, chopped vegetables and remaining liquid with the chopped chicken. Mash together. I am always afraid that the chopped chicken will not hold together but I think the mashed potato gives it enough body to make a good hamburger. This one certainly held together beautifully.
Place hamburgers in the sauce in the pan. Cook until both sides are brown but burgers are not completely cooked. Remove from pan. If your meat had little fat in it, pour the pan juices over the burgers in a baking pan. If it is greasy, throw it out and either bake them, pouring some water with additional soy sauce over it. You need just enough that your hamburger will continue to cook but not to dry out. You might want to cover it.
Mine took about twenty minutes to cook through, at 350 degrees. I like mine relatively well done. Use your judgement based on the doneness you like.
I am certainly not a burger connoisseur, eating burgers so infrequently, but I loved these. Usually, getting me to eat one is filling, but this time, I could have eaten more than the two I demolished.
It is now time to take a vacation from my affair burgers. I will be glad to share with you, the next time, we plan a get together.
I sent this to Mouthwatering Mondays. Check both of these out for some good cooking.
Tempt My Tummy.