Saturday is International Burger Day! We’ll be hosting a Blind Burger Taste Test with several Bahamian restaurants, including Six n’ Four, Fries With Benefits and Flipping Good. You can also enjoy the Showman House Burger complete with a ½ lb house made burger, bacon jam, and smoked cheese, all on a buttered brioche bun or the Showman Classic Hamburger made with a ½ lb house-made burger, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a buttered brioche bun.
If you want to make your own delicious burger at home, here are some tips to create magic.
1. Use good quality, freshly ground meat. It may be tempting to go with a pre-formed, frozen patty, but fresh meat will yield maximum flavor, a better texture, and an overall more delicious burger.
2. Let the meat shine. Don’t overwork it, keep it cold, and don’t season the meat until the patties are formed. Kneading the meat or pre-seasoning can take your burger from juicy and tender to dry and stringy.
3. That said, once formed, season well. Let the ancestors guide your hand and ensure that you get the flavors that you want.
4. For a perfect temperature, use a thermometer. Sure, the pros can tell how well a burger is cooked using their sense of touch, but don’t try to be a hero when a good burger is on the line.
5. Get a good, solid bun or bread. It can be anything from a slightly sweet brioche, to a piece of delicious down-home baked bread – either way, don’t create a patty of perfection just to place it on a stale bun.
7. There is a reason that restaurants place condiments on the side when serving a burger – they don’t want it to get soggy before it arrives at your table. Go wild with the lettuce, tomato, bacon, onions etc etc etc, but save the ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, bbq sauce, aioli (or any other sauce that you like) until it is time to serve.