friedo is goin’ up to the Old Lady’s house in the 'burbs for Mother’s Day and will most likely be conscripted to operate the BBQ and cook some burgers.
I need some suggestions on yummy things to add to The Meat before cooking. It seems that when I try to get creative and add things like onion chunks and BBQ sauce and whatnot, the patties just end up falling apart, which ruins the whole effect.
What are some good things I can add that won’t make the meat fall apart on the grill? Or,
What are some good things I can add that will help it stick together?
And finally: Miscellaneous BBQ burger suggestions are welcome.
Egg helps meat stay together. Add an egg and you can add other non-meat stuffs without as much risk of it falling apart. You could base your hamburger patties on a good meatball recipe. I’ve done that.
I recommend listening to silenus’s suggestion about sausage. Never tried it but it sounds good.
Usually I add everything and mush it through my fingers a lot. It gets rid of the grain where it naturally falls apart. Plus throw in the freezer for 30-40 minutes before you grill it. You don’t want it frozen hard, but a little chill keeps it together as well
Italian sausage comes in uncooked links. You can find pre-packaged sausage in the meat department of your local grocery store. Peel the skins off of the links, and you have ground sausage. Toss a pound of it in a bowl with 3 lbs. of ground round. Add one egg. Mix with your hands, getting the sausage and hamburger all mixed together. Form into good-sized patties. Grill. Cook well-done. Serve with the usual condiments, though these don’t need much…maybe an onion slice and a little mustard. They are juicy suckers, so be careful.
ps. The sausage skins easier if you put them in the freezer for half an hour before skinning. Run a knife along the link to split the casing, and peel like a banana.
I make two thin pattys, heap in crumbled bleu cheese in the middle, then smush them together and grill. Top with avacado and maybe bacon if you want, plop on an onion roll and crack open a home-brew. Ahhh, satisfaction.
It does take some practice to form the correct size pattys and then mushing the two together again.