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How to Make a Hamburger

by on March 7, 2015
 

Here are a few tips for making and storing homemade hamburger patties.

Get the finest minced meat you can find.

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Decide on the flavours you want to bring to the plate – in this case, suya

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Making Hamburger Patties

I love it when I think up a recipe and don’t have to wait for ever to act on it. I can’t even remember how I came up with the idea but it pushed Lasagna off the dinner menu on Thursday night. So much so that my daughter – #1, who’d begged for the Italian bake said ‘Mama, I’m both angry and happy. You didn’t make the Lasagna but I love burgers’. End of story.

I had time to measure and note and watch what I did in the process of making so here are the tips:

Season the dough as well as you can.

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For every 100g of meat, I  used a tablespoon of suya spice. And then, I added a tablespoon of fine sea salt for 1.2kg of minced beef.

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Avoid overworking the dough so you don’t end up with tough, chewy burgers. Use table knives or forks to combine the ingredients – you can finish up with clean hands at the last minute.

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Portion out the mix into balls and weigh them to get even-sized patties. I place greaseproof paper on the scale and measure each one. My patties each weighed 100g.

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Gently flatten into patty – mine ended up about 4 inches in diameter.

Using your thumb, make a small depression in the centre of each patty – this prevents the patties from shrinking and curling up on themselves during cooking.

_DSC2656Allow the burgers chill for at least 10 minutes prior to cooking if using immediately. If freezing, read on. 

Storing Hamburger Patties
To store my patties, I cut up greaseproof paper squares and line the bottom of a freezer-safe container with it.

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I place patties, separating each one with the squares to avoid them sticking together.

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I cover the container, to avoid freezer burn and place in the freezer.

When I’m ready to use them, I set the container in the fridge overnight or for 4 – 6 hours to allow the patties thaw before I cook.

Coming up, a Nigerian Suya Burger Recipe. Wait for it, it’s delish.