Everytime I go out and order a burger there are usually no more than 3 options: BBQ Bacon, Standard Cheeseburger or an attempt at some “southwest” rendition. Most people are intimidated by the idea of making a gourmet burger at home but I’d like to make this somewhat daunting task easier then setting the grill. So where are we going with this..? Traditionally most asian dishes have a special ingredient that we don’t use in American or even Italian cuisine. That ingredient is Lemongrass. The beauty of this herb is on top of the lemon flavor, layers of mint and ginger flow through with every bite. When paired with a mild pepper like chili’s the spice normally released from the peppers subsides and in a way traps that heat without scorching your mouth.
As for actually making this decedent burger the most important thing I’ve learned while experimenting is the importance of planning ahead. I like to marinate my ground beef in beer for an hour and prep the patties. Forming them and placing then in the freezer to chill makes them easier to grill. Gourmet burgers are easy, all you need is some good ole mise en place
1lb lean ground beef
4 garlic cloves
4oz beer (red stripe)
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp thyme
1/4 cup flour
2 tbsp Lemongrass
2 tbsp black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp salt
4 chili peppers
1. Chop chili, Lemongrass, garlic and separate egg yolk.
2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Mix well until everything is incorporated and marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour
3. Form patties and place on a parchment lined tray. Place tray in freezer for 30 minutes, this will help them keep their shape.
*The meat will be moist because of the beer and marination, which is why I do this extra step
4. Once chilled grill and enjoy!
I’m still working to improve on this recipe like the rest of them, so if you have any suggestions or tips please feel free to comment
Served best with white cheese mac and cheese!