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The Ultimate Burger From Scratch

The Ultimate Burger From Scratch

For the Homemade brioche buns:

Brioche Bun

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup warm milk (around 110°F or 43°C)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water), for brushing

Instructions:

1. Activate the Yeast:

  • In a bowl, combine warm milk and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk mixture and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, or until it becomes frothy.

2. Mix the Dough:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the melted butter and eggs. Pour in the activated yeast mixture. Mix until a dough forms.

3. Knead the Dough:

  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and elastic. You can also use a stand mixer with a dough hook for this step.

4. First Rise:

  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until it has doubled in size.

5. Shape the Buns:

  • Punch down the risen dough and turn it out onto a floured surface. Divide the dough into equal portions, shaping each into a ball. Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving some space between them.

6. Second Rise:

  • Cover the shaped buns with a kitchen towel and let them rise for another 1-2 hours, or until they have doubled in size.

7. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

8. Brush with Egg Wash:

  • Beat an egg with a tablespoon of water to create an egg wash. Brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash for a shiny finish.

9. Bake:

  • Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

10. Cool and Enjoy:

  • Allow the brioche buns to cool on a wire rack before slicing and using them for your favorite burgers or sandwiches.

For the Burger:

Smashed buerger

For the Patties:

  • 1 pound ground beef (80% lean, 20% fat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Burger:

  • Brioche burger buns
  • Cheese slices (American, cheddar, or your favorite)
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Pickles
  • Ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise (optional)
  • Butter for toasting the buns

Instructions:

1. Preheat the Griddle:

  • If you have a griddle or a flat-top surface, preheat it over medium-high heat.

2. Shape the Patties:

  • Divide the ground beef into equal portions and shape them into small, loose balls (about 2-3 ounces each).

3. Season the Patties:

  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on one side of each ball.

4. Smash the Patties:

  • Place the seasoned side of the ball on the hot griddle and use a spatula to smash it down firmly to create a thin patty. Season the other side with salt and pepper.

5. Cook the Patties:

  • Cook the patties for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until the edges are crispy and browned.

6. Add Cheese:

  • Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty during the last 30 seconds of cooking, allowing it to melt.

7. Toast the Buns:

  • While the patties are cooking, lightly butter the brioche buns and toast them on the griddle until golden brown.

8. Assemble the Burgers:

  • Spread your choice of condiments on the toasted buns (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise).
  • Place a lettuce leaf on the bottom bun, followed by the smashed patty with melted cheese.
  • Add a slice of tomato and a couple of pickle slices.
  • Top with the other half of the bun.

9. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Your delicious smashed burgers are ready to be served! Enjoy them with your favorite side dishes.

Feel free to customize the toppings and condiments according to your taste preferences. Happy cooking!

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