Wow. I’m usually better about updating around these parts, but I just hadn’t been cooking anything recently that I deemed blog worthy. But last night landed me upon a keeper. I picked this recipe to participate in Chris’s Bloggers Around The World. Each month Chris picks a country that his readers are encouraged to cook a recipe from. Last month we went to Mexico. This month was the US.
The US is such a huge country. What is local cuisine here (California) is very different than the local cuisine of say, Georgia. Because of this I had a wide range of dishes I could have cooked from. Fried chicken? Barbecue? I have a ton of options.
I decided to reign it in though and go more locally. In-N-Out is a local hamburger chain. In-N-Out is only available in five states. And it has a tiny menu with a somewhat larger secret menu. The main/public menu has three options: hamburger, cheeseburger, and double-double (double meat, double cheese.) When I was little (and by little, I mean up to about age 18) I wouldn’t eat hamburgers. I hated them; I thought they were vile. But In-N-Out changed all of this and ever since I’ve loved hamburgers of all varieties.
Anyway, I thought this burger was the best way to represent the US for this month’s country.
The sauce isn’t quite right, but I think I did it justice. My burger was a lot bigger than the patties they use at In-N-Out. And Matt announced, “This is the best burger I’ve EVER had!”
Next time I make these I need to make fries… ANIMAL STYLE!
COPIED: In-N-Out Burgers
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp ketchup
1/2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp relish
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 lb ground beef
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 slices Velveta cheese
2 hamburger buns
1. Toast your hamburger buns and set aside.
2. In a bowl stir together the mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, sugar, and relish. Set aside.
3. In a cast iron skillet, grill the onion slices.
3. In a large bowl use your hands to combine the ground beef, egg yolk, and bread crumbs together. Spray a cast iron skillet with cooking spray. Form two patties with the ground beef mixture and cook in the skillet for 5 minutes per side.
4. After you’ve cooked the patties on both sides, top with a slice of cheese. Lower the heat and cover with a lid. Allow the cheese to melt.
5. Slather the sauce onto the buns. Place the bun in the burger. Garnish with the grilled onion. Add any lettuce and tomato as desired.