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burgers and fries

Posted by ernie on March 31, 2008


for dinner tonight is burgers and fries.

it should have been beer can chicken, but i forgot to take the broiler chickens out of the freezer. let’s not talk about that. for dinner tonight is burgers and fries, and you’ll just have to deal with that.

as you can plainly see from the photo above the jump, these are mini burgers. i’ve toyed with the idea of doing mini burgers for some time, but finally let that idea come to fruition today. sarah has been asking for my burgers for a couple of days, so i thought today would be a good day for them, what with the botched chicken fiasco and all. but let’s not talk about that. seriously, that’s the last time.

this recipe is drastically different than my signature burger. you’ll read about that one day this summer when my grill is all fired up. these burgers are different in that they are very stripped down and basic. i have never done a stripped down burger and was thus a little wary doing so. nevertheless, i made the guarantee that these would be delicious.   i closed my proverbial eyes and let the food worry about the flavor.

burgers for people who like white castle

  • about 1 1/4 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 of a medium sized onion, diced
  • salt and pepper…just a pinch

this would have been a good time to use a grater on the garlic. i, of course, did not do that. instead i went at them with a knife. the end result is much the same.

mix all the ingredients in a bowl. the key is this: once mixed, press the mixture into a baking sheet or pan lined with wax paper. make it as even as possible, and press down just a tad to make it solid and stable. flip it onto a plate or cutting board and peel off the paper. then slice it into squares with a pizza cutter. the pan that i used yielded 12 burgers: a 3×4 rectangle.

aren’t they cute?

i chose to cook mine on my electric griddle. you can a fry pan or a stovetop griddle, or even the oven – though why on Earth would you do that? they cook up pretty quick-like because they are so small, just a couple of minutes per side. for buns, i just used regular ol’ hamburger buns cut down to size. no, i did not throw away the scraps.

i like to serve them with just a barely-there layer or mayo on the bottom bun just to keep it dry in the face of burger grease. then a small plate of ketchup should be placed alongside your plate for the dipping (of the fries and the burgers).

and what’s burgers without fries? nothing!

33008b.jpg for the fries, i sliced a couple of potatoes and tossed them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. throw them on a baking sheet and bake at a very high temperature (450 or even higher) for 20 or 30 minutes or until crispy.

i get the spices wrong every time: too spicy or too bland. this time they were just right. some of them got ruined via sticking to the sheet. not sure why, they were oiled and so was the pan. regardless, the ones that made it were delicious.


so all in all, scrumptious. i love a good hamburger. and these are good hamburgers. in fact, i just had late night seconds. four of them fit nicely on an average sized piece of bread. these burgers would have been even better with a more tasty bread and, of course, a cheese. i was too lazy to slice the pepperjack, especially since sarah likes her burgers bare and slicing pepperjack for yourself, well who wants to do that? me, but not tonight.


One Response to “burgers and fries”

  1. Vivian said

    Good story-telling.

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