This week was my second attempt at ALL homemade burgers. By “homemade burger”, I don’t mean doing my own patties… I mean, baking the buns, whipping mayo AND shaping your own patties. The first time wasn’t such a success because the brioche buns where too crispy and crunchy. Plus, I tried another mayo recipe which was way too bitter…
You might think, “This will take for ever! Let’s just buy everything.” That’s the simple way. The road I also use if I am invited to a last minute BBQ and don’t have time to prepare anything.
When you have time thought, try not to give in to laziness and make everything. It is as simple as store bought ingredients, but so much more healthy (omit the bacon), rewarding and tasteful!
The trick to make this recipe quick and easy, is to prepare the buns and patties a day in advance. That way when you come rushing back from work, you just need to cook the meat, toast the buns and you are ready to eat. Here you have a quick week night meal, packed with nutritious values that will please the whole family. If you want to keep it for the week end, and surprise everyone with making an all-time favorite yourself, that’s fine too.
Anytime you decide to serve it, it will be a guarantied crowd pleaser. How can it not be? The buns are soft, fluffy and just the right golden brown. Patties are tender and almost melt in your mouth, while this Homemade Mayo adds just the perfect touch of flavor.
If you already tried your hands at yeasted dough, you will find that this one is pretty much like all of them: knead, rise, proof. If it’s your first time at it, no need to worry. The recipe I followed for these fantastic burger buns is from Veena Azmanov’s blog and she took great care to ensure your success. On her blog, you will find step-by-step pictures you can relate to during all the process. She also included some great tips to help you get a perfect result. Veena also wrote a method for both stand mixer and mixing by hand, where as I only put the later. If I was you I would have a look at it!
Now for the patties. It is basically only mixing all the ingredients and shaping them. Really, that simple! I like to have really thin patties, so I flatten them a lot. That is totally up to you thought.
Once these two steps are done, you are almost ready to serve. Prepare your lettuce, tomatoes and onions, and fry the bacon. You can also grill the onions if you want, it removes the bitterness and replace it for a delicious sweetness. While the bacon is still frying, make your own mayo by following this fabulous recipe. Put on the table everything you just prepared, and the other condiments you want, but reserved the bacon.
Cook the patties until they are almost done. Then, add two slices of bacon on top of each, and top with a slice of cheese. Line on a baking tray covered with foil, and put on a rack placed on the upper section of the oven to broil. Make sure to keep an eye on these as it can go dark pretty fast. While the cheese is melting, cut the buns in halves and butter them (or not). Once the patties are ready, place them on a rack at the bottom of the oven and put the buns directly on the upper rack face up. Let them toast until golden brown. Once ready, place patties and buns on two serving platters.
Alrighty, you are now ready to enjoy the BEST burgers you have ever made. Doesn’t this look good?
Hopefully, you try your hand at it and decide to never go back to store bought! Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, so we can all know how it turns out for you.
PS. On the first picture you can see some crispy Parmesan asparagus with the burger, I followed this recipe for them!