Monday, February 16, 2009
Here's the beef
Hackney's Inside-Out Burger
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Copyright 2008
2 pounds ground beef
4 ounces bacon, cooked and chopped
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese I used Monterey Jack
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
4 hamburger buns, optional
Special equipment: 1 (4-inch) round mold (lid to a jar or other round container recommended); plastic wrap
1. Divide ground beef into 8 even portions. Line round mold with plastic wrap. Pat half a portion of the ground beef into the round mold. Top with a quarter of the cheese and bacon, being careful not to go too close to the edges. Cover with other half of the portion of ground beef. Press down edges of ground beef together to seal. Remove patty from mold by the plastic wrap and shape into an even patty. Repeat to make 4 inside-out burgers.
2. Season the burgers with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the burgers, and fry, until the cheese melts and the burgers are cooked to the desired degree of doneness. Serve the burgers solo or on a bun.
Stuffed burgers really aren't nothing new but there's something about Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives that makes even mundane things look incredibly enticing.
This is a BIG burger. Rachael Ray's recipes for burgers usually call for 2 pounds of meat to make 4 burgers and I've always been appalled by that but here I found myself making these huge half-pound burgers. Shame on me.
I doubt I'll be making these very often due to their heft but I did enjoy it. It had some flaws. I would have preferred it a bit pinker but by the time the cheese had melted most of the pink was gone. I don't think the bacon was prominent enough but that could have been my fault. I wasn't measuring the fillings so maybe I didn't put a full ounce in each burger. I thought I pinched the edges together quite well but the meat started to separate anyway. I managed not to lose my fillings.
This picture probably looks good if you like burgers but I imagine it's pretty gross looking if you don't. Sorry to those of you that don't care for burgers.
Question of the Day: Can you describe the last burger that you ate? Where was it from? What was on it? Did you enjoy it?