When I was growing up and through a lot of my youth, hamburgers meant mixing eggs, bread crumbs, and a bunch of other stuff with hamburger and forming patties. We lied to ourselves we were doing it to increase the texture of flavour. However, as soon as I started cooking the beef by itself (ok, I will sprinkle on seasonings) I realized we were only doing it to stretch the beef. Fair enough. We weren’t rich. Now, I want a beefy burger.
However, She Who Must Be Obeyed said she wanted more flavour in the meat. I always do what I’m told, the cheque is in the mail, etc.
In thinking what to add, I remembered I add soy sauce to gravy to give it a meatier taste. Would the same work with burgers? This is my attempt to find out.
The recipe is at the end of this post.
I started by mixing 50 ml (1/4 cup of soy sauce) and 8 ml (1 1/2 teaspoon ) of Cajun spice mix. You could use any spice blend you like.
Then I mixed in 1/2 kilogram (1 pound) of ground beef mixing it just until the liquid was absorbed. I formed 4 patties and indented the centres to make prevent shrinkage.
I grilled them on a preheated grill set on high for about 8 minutes, turning once. I checked the internal temperature to make sure it was over 160 F and took them off.
I served them with mustard, ketchup, home made relish, a cheese slice and a pickle. She Who Must Be Obeyed had made a great coleslaw.
This was a total success. The soy sauce adds a deepness of flavour that makes the beef, well, beefier tasting. You don’t notice any soy sauce, it just tastes better. The missus said these were the best burgers ever,
The Old Fat Guy
- 50 ml (1/4 cup) soy sauce
- 8 ml (1 1/2 teaspoon) Cajun spice mix (can use any spice blend you like).
- 1/2 kilogram (1 pound) ground beef
- 4 buns
- 4 cheese slices
- Your favourite burger toppings
- Mix the soy sauce and seasonings in a large bowl.
- Add beef and mix just until the liquid is absorbed.
- Form into four patties and indent the centres to prevent shrinking.
- Grill for about 8 minutes over high heat, turning once.
- Make sure internal temperature is over 160 F.
- Serve with buns, cheese and toppings.