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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Restaurant Quality Burgers

This burger is so good, you'll want to eat it plain.

Flavorful Burgers and Buns
serves 4 (but I suggest serving with sweet potato fries sprinkled with chipotle chile powder)
Adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride and Little Miss Momma

Buns: (makes 8)
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
2 Tbs canola oil
2 large eggs
3 Tbs sugar
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
6 oz shredded cheddar cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)

1. In a medium bowl, let yeast and water sit for 10 minutes.
2. Add 1 egg, oil, and sugar.  Then add flour, salt, and cheese.  Mix until it forms a consistent dough.
3. Kneed on a floured surface, until it is no longer sticky.  Transfer to an oiled bowl.  Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 1 1/2 hours.
4. On a floured surface, form in to 8 balls.  Place on parchment paper'd cookie sheets on top of oven, flatten the balls slightly, cover with a damp towel, and allow to rise for 20 minutes.
5. After the 20 minutes, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Allow the dough to rise some more.
6. Wisk one egg with 1 Tb water.  Brush onto the tops of the buns.  Bake for 20-30 min.
(more directions below)

Burger patties:
Around a pound of ground beef (90/10)
2 oz cheese of your choice grated (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
season salt
onion powder
ground black pepper

1. Mix everything and form into four balls.
2. Flatten them slightly, pressing in the center so that there is an indentation (this prevents the burgers from being to thick to fit your mouth around) Like this:

When the bread comes out of the oven to cool, fry up some bacon and put the patties on a grill.  Don't have a BBQ?  Not a problem!  A pan on medium heat will work well, but a panini maker or George Foreman grill will work better.
When the bacon is done, mop most of the grease off of the pan, and put the buns face-down on it, and cook until the insides are delicious, like this:  It will prevent the bread from getting soggy.  Yay!

Let the burgers cook for about 8 minutes, and then flip them.  Flipping them too early may cause them to fall apart.  Cook the other side for 8 minutes or so and serve.

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