Saturday, June 1, 2013

Best Burgers Ever

It's been a tough May and my cooking activities have been pretty stagnant. No one is more unhappy about that than I am!  Between work, and the 11 year old's play, and the weather, and some travel (we finally took the kids to DisneyWorld) and just plain old exhaustion, I haven't had the energy to forage, create, can or do anything fun like that.  I think it's going to change soon, though.  Strawberry season is starting in a few weeks, the mulberry tree around the corner has a ton of little unripe berries, and the farm share is starting in 2 weeks as well.  I'm hoping to make another batch of that ginger apricot mulberry jam I made last year, which was one of the best flavor combinations I think I've ever come up with.

However, last night I made hamburgers that everyone felt were the best I'd ever made, so I wanted to make sure I wrote down what I did.  Usually when I make burgers, I just take the ground beef, add some salt and pepper, and make patties for the grill.  Boring.  This time I felt like trying something new.  I put 1.3 pounds of the 85% lean ground beef in the mixer with 1 egg, some salt, about a teaspoon of maple pepper, about half a teaspoon of garlic powder, and a generous amount of shredded mexican blend cheese.  This made 4 patties of awesomeness!

The other day I watched a woman forage for dandelion leaves near the subway stop and it made me smile.  She wasn't trying to hide it at all.  It made me wonder why people don't do it more.  I mean, there is food out there, all around us, and we don't take advantage of it as a society.  Perhaps the general trend is changing?

Lastly, in a couple of weeks I will be preparing a basket of canned goods for an auction at our stable's Open House.  I plan to tuck in a voucher for a free canning lesson.  There should be a report on that soon, if all goes well.


  1. Sounds like a good burger to me though I have never seen maple pepper.

    1. It's something I have to buy in Vermont. I guess it's easier to find in places that make a lot of maple syrup.


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