We love Burgers! Who doesnt I guess, but we really really love them. I think Burgers get a bad rap sometimes. They end up being synonymous with fast food and McDonalds when in actual fact, they arent so bad for you at all if you make them yourself. Provided that you make them with lean meat and dont load them up with crappy sauce… They taste better and they wont leave that fast food greasy feeling in your stomach. They can even be downright healthy, depending on your toppings and especially if you eat them with a lettuce wrap instead of a bun which Debbie and I do often.
I wont try to tell you that this Burger is extremely healthy, due to the Freakishly Good Mayo that you are bound to cover your patty with, but it is delicious and if your worried about your calories, just use a lettuce wrap, and just a tiny bit of sauce. A little goes a long way with this stuff.
We used to make our Burger patties with bread crumbs, egg, and spices, but we saw a show on the Food Network about Burgers being the best with only meat and seasoning and saying that anything else was meatloaf, not a Burger. Which is actually pretty accurate lol. We gave it a shot and we will never go back to using anything but just meat and seasonings. It tastes so delicious and meaty and we think it goes the best with all the toppings and sauce. You just need to remember to liberally season the patties.
Debbie has this awesome little tool for making burger patties. It measures out the patty in 1/4 lb, 1/3 lb and 1/2 lb measurements so you know your patties are all the same size. If you want to check it out, you can find it on Amazon by clicking this link:
Actually, when we made these the other day, the guys and Sam couldnt stop talking about how good they were! Kevin said that we should call them the Booty Burgers, because they will go straight to your Booty lol. Well we explained to him that they werent even that bad for you and he said, “Well they sure taste like it!”
Sounds like a compliment to me!
The sauce that we made for this Burgers is the star of the show after the meat itself. I havent really made mayo homemade too much before, but I am going to do a lot more of that from now on too… Its so easy and you can flavor it exactly the way you want to. I love a messy Burger thats saucy, but not with tons of mayo, if you know what I mean, and this sauce makes that happen.
Hope you love them like we do! Let us know what you think!
- FOR THE BURGER
- 1 kg Lean Ground Beef
- 500 g Lean Ground Pork
- Salt and Pepper
FOR THE MAYO
- 1 large Egg Yolk
- Juice of ½ a Lemon
- 1 tbsp strong prepared mustard
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 tsp Cajun Spice
- 2 Tomatoes diced
- 1 - 2 cups Vegetable Oil (sunflower, olive, avocado)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Tomato slices
- Banana Peppers
- Hamburger Buns
- FOR THE BURGERS
- In a large bowl mix the two types of meats gently. Dont over mix them so they stay nice and juicy.
- Form 8 large balls with the meat and then flatten into patties. If you have a burger maker tool, make the burgers about a generous ¼ lb each.
- Season well with salt and pepper.
- Turn the BBQ on to medium-high or about 400 degrees. When the BBQ is hot, cook the burgers about 4 mins on each side. Be careful of the fire flareups so the burgers dont get scorched.
- If you are putting cheese on the burgers put it on after about 3 mins on the second side and close the lid so the cheese melts.
- Remove from the BBQ when the burgers are done.
FOR THE MAYO
- In a food processor, combine the egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard, and garlic clove and process until foamy.
- With the motor running, pour in the oil in a very thin trickle until the mixture becomes thick.
- By hand, stir in the tomatoes, paprika, cajun spice and seasoning.
- Place just a little sauce on the bottom bun, add all the toppings and the burger in whatever order you like, but we like the sauce right on top of the burger itself wherever it is in the order.