Wednesday, November 3, 2010

One Big Mouthful: Cheeseburgers

Alright.  This is going to be a semi-tutorial type of post.  This is one of those things I learned a while back... that you don't need fancy equipment to get certain things done in the kitchen.  Case in point... grinding your own meat.

You don't need a special attachment on your Kitchen-Aid Mixer.  You don't need a full-fledged meat grinder.  You don't need to spend a bunch of money on things you don't really need in order to get the job done.  Now, I'm not saying that if you have that spare cash, and like new gadgets, that you shouldn't go get them... by all means, spend away.  But if you're a tight-budgeted college student like myself... you find shortcuts.

So what exactly do you need to grind your own meat at home?  Well... just 3 simple things.  (Most of which are found in EVERY kitchen, or can be borrowed from a friend, parent, or neighbor)
  1. Food Processor
  2. Freezer 
  3. Meat
Sounds simple enough, right?  Well let's do it to it.

Adapted from Bon Appetit's recipe

1 lb. sirloin, cut into cubes
1 lb. short ribs, meat cut from bone
1 lb. skirt steak, cut into strips
5 strips bacon, chopped
3 ounces bone marrow, chilled (I roasted about 5 soup bones and scooped the marrow out)
1 tablespoon red miso mixed in 1/4 cup water, chilled
1 tablespoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce 
olive oil, for brushing

optional toppings:

sliced cheddar cheese
challah buns
tomato slices
red onion slices
watercress sprigs
sliced pickles

So first, what you'll want to do is spread your 3 meat products and the bacon on a baking sheet or bowl that will fit in your freezer.  Place in freezer for about 30-45 minutes, or until pieces are partially frozen.  This will help your food processor break down the meat easier.

Working in batches, add the meat to your food processor and set on low until you get your preferred grind, maybe about a minute or two.  And voila!  You have your very own ground beef for use in burgers, meatloaf, tacos, you name it!  So let's get to these burgers.

In a large bowl, combine 1 lb. ground beef (I saved the remainder of my ground beef for other uses) and bone marrow.  Add miso mixture and Worcestershire sauce, and stir just to incorporate.  Divide beef into 4 nicely-sized patties.  Generously season each patty with salt and pepper.

Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add burgers to skillet and cook for about 5-7 minutes per side, for a nice medium.  About 1 minute before burgers are done, add slices of cheddar cheese and cook until melted.  Remove from heat and let rest for about 2-3 minutes.

Toast your challah buns, if desired, and begin to assemble burgers.  We went with bottom bun, burger, tomato slice, red onion slice, watercress, pickles, ketchup, and top bun.  We had potato chips as a nice and easy side item!

These burgers were awesome!  Juicy, delicious, and well worth the effort to grind our own meat!  These were perfect for eating while watching the football games on Sunday, too!  They could definitely be made to be mini sliders also! 

And by the way, I received a few free coupons for some Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce from Foodbuzz's Tastemaker program and believe that the added flavor of the Worcestershire sauce definitely gave these burgers a great hint of flavor!

And it's Wednesday CSA day...  I'm getting kind of sad because we've only got 2 more pick-ups before the season is over!  But they're definitely loading us up!

 3 ears of popcorn corn (I'm pretty excited about this one!)
1 head of cabbage
1 bunch mizuna (this is new for me and I had to Google it... it's similar to arugula, but less of a peppery taste)
1 bunch of kale greens
2 turnips
2 lbs. red potatoes
2 lbs. apples
1 french baguette


  1. hi peggy,
    cheese burger looks awesome. A whole lot of meat. love it. i wish to make with veggies for my husband. Beautiful click:)

  2. Nice tip. One more use for food processor, so I don't feel bad about having two of those in my kitchen now :)

    How is the Iron foodie competition going? I tried to vote for you but the screen kept freezing. I will try one more time tonight. Good luck!

  3. Peggy, I've been craving a burger. How did you know? This looks amazing. And your veggies look even better. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This enormous burger is absolutely perfect for my enormous hunger.

  5. Lol you're gonna have to swap to a new domain name once your bf turn fiance becomes ur HUSBAND!! PS amazing looking burger, well done :)

  6. This is a great post! Thanks for the tip of grinding your own meat. Also, I like the combination of different meats and the miso and Worcestershire addition. That looks like one tasty burger.

  7. Now that looks like a burger! So fancy, too! I grind meat in my food processor as well!

  8. I never thought about grinding meat in the food processor...great idea! These burgers look outstanding. The addition of the red miso must add some great flavor. Now I'm craving cheeseburgers...

  9. I am quite lucky in the meat department because my husband's parents used to own a meat market (not to be confused with a butcher shop!) and he worked for them for many years. He has great knowledge about all things meat and did the grinding at the market for all those years. It's nice to have his "expertise" when I need it. This burger looks fantastic - juicy and mouthwatering!

  10. I love burgers. Its my favorite fast food meal at Five Guys. Love your low budget/cost shortcuts. So smart! Great idea for those who need to budget.

  11. Sounds extremely delicious!the photos are great!

  12. Wow, bone marrow and miso in burgers? What a cool touch!! This looks delish!

  13. This looks great. I am especially excited about the fact that you ground your meat at home! :-)