Okay, let’s get right to it. This BBQ burger isn’t going to be an exact recipe for the perfect burger. Why do you ask? Well, that’s a good question. The answer is simple; there are endless possibilities and combinations of ingredients when making burgers. So what I am going to do here is tell you what my best burger has been so far and offer some further suggestions for burger making.
What kind of meat should you use for a burger? Hey, what kind of meat do you love? The sexiest result I’ve had so far has been a mix of equal parts medium lean beef, pork, and veal. If you are fussy overusing lean meat, go for it so long as you don’t use just beef. A burger made with just lean meat can become dry and dull real quick if you don’t cook it closer to rare.
The combination of these three types of meat is fantastic. The veal gives it a nice twist and some great smack you in the mouth flavour, while the pork will keep this burger obscenely juicy even if you cook it well done. Please don’t cook the BBQ burger well done. You will make me very sad.
- 2 pounds of equal parts medium lean beef, pork, veal
- A few slices of bacon
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon of white wine dijon mustard
- 1 finely minced French shallot
- A small handful of finely chopped chives
- A few dashes of your preferred hot sauce
- Salt and pepper
- 2 avocados, mashed
- Tomato slices
- Your choice of cheese
- 6 burger buns, halved
- Mix the meat, Worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, shallot, chives, hot sauce, salt, and pepper by hand to spread evenly throughout the meat.
- Now you can start to form the patties. Divide the meat into 6 or 8 equal-sized balls and roll them in your hands and flatten them out into a patty form. Keep in mind that when you grill these, they can puff up in the middle and look more like a ball than a burger. To avoid that, make an indentation in the middle of the patty by pushing down with your thumb. Once you have your patties laid out on a plate, you can drizzle a little olive oil over them.
- Preheat the BBQ to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Throw those burgers on there! Don't squeeze down on the patty with a spatula. As you see the bottom half getting brown, get ready to flip and flip once only. If you want your burger cooked medium, then I would say a good 3 to 4 minutes on each side should do it.
- In a skillet, fry the bacon until the sides are crisp. Also, grill the sliced tomatoes until the sides are a bit charred.
- Get the buns and add the greens, bacon, patties, and cheese. Then top with mashed avocado. Enjoy!