Doesn’t everyone love a good burger? It’s time to celebrate that great food during May, National Hamburger Month.
There are many claims to where the burger began. Being from Texas, I have heard that Fletcher Davis of Athens, Texas, claimed to have invented the hamburger. Wikipedia lists many others with the same claim, but most agree that the hamburger gained fame at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
To make your own burger, start with a basic recipe.
Just the Basic Burger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate or prepare pan on stove top.
In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, salt and pepper. Place ground beef and bread crumbs into the mixture. With hands or a fork, mix until well blended. Form into four patties approximately 3/4 inch thick.
Place patties on the prepared grill. Cover and cook 6 to 8 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Add cheese, any cheese works well, in last minutes to melt.
To make this burger your own, add your special touches with items such as soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce or salad dressings, chopped onions, garlic powder, cayenne pepper — anything in the pantry.
Or if you want to make a burger for everyone, divide beef mixture into fourths. Then mix different spices and ingredients in each one.
After cooking, choose your favorite bun ... regular buns (hamburger or hot dog), English muffins, onion rolls, Kaiser rolls, sliced bread or get creative. Then top burger with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, avocado, bacon, or anything else in the fridge.
So celebrate this iconic masterpiece — the hamburger — and take a bite out of your favorite burger or invent a new one, especially on May 28 — official National Hamburger Day.