Are you ready to create the most mind-bogglingly delicious burger you’ve ever made? Let The Culinary Wingman guide you through the five elements of the perfect burger.
1. The Theme
The food industry sometimes calls this a ‘flavor profile’. Don’t let that scare you. Just figure out where you’re going: Classic Burger Joint Burger? Cajun-Style? Mediterranean? Jamaican Jerk Pork? Maryland Crab Cake? Let your imagination run wild, and then make sure all the details are a step in that direction.
2. The Patty
Everybody loves a classic beef burger. We like a ground beef mix that is 20% fat, and believe us, it’s worth it. That fat is the key to keeping your burger juicy and providing that ultra-satisfying beefy flavor. Don’t forget to flavor your beef! Pick an Urban Accents Spice Blend that compliments your theme, and season beef with 1 tablespoon spice blend per pound. Ground beef needs plenty of salt, so be sure you’ve got just the right seasoning balance by frying a small taster patty before you form your burgers. Had one too many beef burgers already this summer? Lighten it up with a salmon burger or this tasty feta-stuffed turkey burger.
3. The Sauce
One of the best ways to accentuate your burger’s theme is a homemade sauce. You can whip up a simple sauce by using mayonnaise as a base and adding any seasoning you used in the patty to taste. Finish the sauce with a squeeze of lemon juice, and let it sit for at least 15 minutes to let the flavors mingle. For something a bit more hearty, try any of our Global Simmer Sauces.
4. The Toppings
This is a great area to get adventurous. Don’t like it? Take it off! When choosing toppings, it’s just as important to consider adding texture as flavor. Both burger patties and buns have soft, chewy textures, so compliment that with something crisp like lettuce or our newest favorite, fried pickles. To cut through the rich, fatty flavors try something acidic like olive tapenade or onions roasted with our Balsamic Roasted Onion Veggie Roaster.
5. The Bun
Of course, any bread will do, but try to keep your bun on theme, too. For a classic burger, try a squishy potato bun or a buttery brioche roll. Wholesome wheaty rolls work well with healthy options like turkey or black bean burgers. If you’re on a mediterranean theme, press your patty into the inside a pita pocket and grill the whole thing (be careful not to burn the outside!). To sneak in one more layer of flavor, lightly toast your bread and slather it with a mixture of softened butter and your favorite Urban Accents Spice Blend.