Sunday, April 22, 2012

I made hamburgers!

I never make hamburgers.  Usually I pay $7 a pound for the local, free range beef and then STREEEETCH it as far as I can in a soup or casserole (chili with beans, 1/2 oz meatballs, etc.)  But I started feeling like burgers last weekend.

My husband is the burger guy.  He has this great recipe from the lone cookbook he brought to our marriage - Better Homes and Gardens. Well, that's not really true.  He had 2-3 more, but I got rid of most of them.  Just couldn't get into the Joy of Cooking.

Anyway, I was all set to do stir-fried greens and have him make burgers yesterday.  It was a busy day that started with my Sat morning walk to the farmer's market (2.7 miles), and I was actually pretty speedy and less waddle-y yesterday.  My neighbor caught me on the way there and offered to give me a ride home.  So yay!  After that it was 2 kids' birthday parties, and that's when disaster struck in the form of a sprained ankle.

So, we spent some time in urgent care and my spouse spent some time on the couch with a bag of frozen peas on his ankle.  So making the burgers was up to me.  Turns out: they're pretty easy.

Better Homes Burgers:
1 egg, beaten: 0.25
2 Tbsp milk: 0.05
2 Tbsp onion, minced: 0.05
1 clove garlic, pressed: 0.05
1/2 tsp dry mustard: 0.05
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper: 0.02
3/4 cup homemade fresh breadcrumbs: 0 (I just save bits and pieces of old bread).  Much less if using dry storebought.
1 lb ground beef: $7
Total: $7.47 for four 1/4-lb burgers.  $1.07 per burger.

Mix everything except the beef really well in a bowl.  Add the beef and mix well.  Form into four 3/4-inch thick patties or six 1/2 inch patties. We always make four.

Broil 3-4 inches from the heat for 15-18 mins (I did 20), flipping part way.  I use the toaster oven.

I was so happy to have them done and hungry that I forgot to take a nice picture of the competed project, so here's a picture of the lone leftover burger.  Of course, when you add the bun (0.25 each) and condiments, it comes out closer to $1.50 per burger.  Still, delicious and higher-quality beef than (the still very yummy) local burger place, which is about $3.


Jane said...

At first, I thought it was you with the sprained ankle! I hope he is ok! BTW, I normally do the same with hamburger ... and chicken ..try to stretch as far as I can. My husband is the total opposite of me. Before he met me, he would never look for the best prices ... just buy whatever he wanted! Must be nice! I think we just had different backgrounds growing up! Have a great day!

Kalli said...

oh hope your hubby is doing better! so sorry but you did really well on the burgers :)