I have said it before and I will say it again – calories don’t count on Sundays! Armed with this knowledge James and I like to make the most out of our Sunday, because Meatless Monday is right on our doorstep. This past Sunday over a delicious brunch at the little owl we brainstormed about our next meal (naturally) – when a mouthwateringly delicious burger arrived to the gentleman at the table, our minds were made up! I don’t know about you, but a well executed burger and a little red wine on a Sunday is pretty much my idea of heaven.
James is the burger expert and here is his insanely flavorful burger recipe:
1 pound (or a little less) of ground chuck
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon bbq sauce
1 tablespoon butter (room temp)
salt and pepper (generous)
sharp cheddar cheese (for topping)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
To make the beef patties, place all the ingredients in a large bowl and combine thoroughly using clean hands. (Butter in little pieces gets added to this mixture – trust me) Form the mixture into two patties (or however many you are doing), place them on a plate covered with plastic wrap and put them in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
When the oven is preheated take either a large nonstick oven safe skillet such as a Scanpan, which I used, or a cast iron skillet. If you are using a cast iron skillet, place a roasting rack on a foil-lined baking sheet in the oven.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and bring to medium-high heat. Add the burgers cooking 2 minutes on each side (until browned).
If you are using oven safe skillet simply place that into the oven or if using a cast iron skillet transfer the burgers to the roasting rack in the oven. I love my burger medium rare, so I cook the burgers for a total of 9 minutes (I make a plump patty) flipping half way through and adding cheese for the last minute. A good rule of thumb for the last oven bit is 8 to 9 minutes for medium-rare, 10 to 11 minutes for medium, and 13 to 15 minutes for well-done. Add whatever toppings you like and enjoy!
Yum, writing this post has me looking forward to next Sunday!