Homemade Hamburgers

It seems as if more and more people are making their own hamburgers. On International Hamburger Day (May 28th) I noticed several people tweeting about their homemade burgers (including me). Last week I saw Jamie Oliver making his own burger as a 15-minute meal on 24 kitchen. And this morning I somehow got inspired again. I like to prepare my own food, so I don’t want to use bread from the supermarket. I try to do everything myself. It’s a hobby after all. So, my version is not ready in 15 minutes. More like 3 hours. If you have the time, it’s worth it!

Here’s my version of the ‘homemade hamburger’:

First the bread, which is based on a recipe from inmyredkitchen.com. Thanks Iwit for bringing it to my attention. I refuse however to add the same amount of sugar. No need to make it sweeter than it already is.

  • 220 gr. (1.6 cups) of sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 120 ml. (0.5 cups) of milk
  • 15 gr. soft butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg

Put the flour and the yeast in a big bowl. Mix this together, while slowly adding the milk. Then add the butter, salt and half of the egg. Use your hands to mix it all together.

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As soon as it’s sticking together, leave the work to a real mixer, the KitchenAid in my case. Continue letting the mixer do the hard work, until you have a nice and smooth dough.

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Knead the dough a few times with your hands and put it back in the bowl. Put a wet towel over it and leave it in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour.

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If everything went right, the dough has almost doubled in size (yes, I know, it’s hard to see on the picture, but believe me, it’s a lot bigger after 1 hour!). Take it out of the bowl, and divide in four parts. Make 4 round balls of the dough and put them on a baking tray, two inches apart. Now, with your hand, make them flat. Again, put a wet towel over the dough and again let it rise for 1 hour.

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In the meantime, preheat the oven to 220ºC. Brush the dough with some of the remaining egg. This will give the bread a nice color when you take it out of the oven. Bake the bread in approximately 15 minutes.
After a minute or so cooling-down time the bread is ready to use.

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Now, let’s move on to the hamburger itself. You can do this when the dough is rising, or whenever you have time.

  • 300 gr. minced meat (ground beef)
  • a dash of beer
  • pepper/salt
  • (grated) cheese

The beer was Jamie Oliver’s idea. It adds flavor and it helps the whole thing stick together. I added cheese for even more flavor (that was my brothers contribution to the recipe). As you can see there isn’t much that was my own idea. Maybe next time I’ll put in some banana or brandy, just so I can say that the recipe is my own.

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Put all ingredients (whatever you chose to use) in a bowl and start kneading with your hands. When all ingredients have mixed, divide in three parts. Make the burgers flat with your hand and that’s it. I usually put them in the fridge for an hour or so to let them stiffen a bit, but they can be used right away in case you’re really hungry. Bake the burgers a few minutes on each side, depending on how thick you made them.

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Now all you need to do is put the hamburger on the bread and add all the stuff you like. For example, I added lettuce, tomato, cheese, fried union rings, pear, pickles and of course tomato ketchup. Next time, I’m definitely going to make my own (healthy) sauce too.

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Bon appétit!

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Homemade Hamburgers

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