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The Ultimate Burger

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The two best burgers I've ever had have both been in the US.

The best one ever was in the sci-fi diner which is in Disney MGM Studios - you sit inside a drive-in theater inside old cars and they have a great selection of burgers - they ask how you want it cooked, and they are absolute perfection, far better than theme park food should be.

The second is from a chain - Johnny Rockets. Real old style burgers, think back to being a kid and treated to Wimpy and how the burgers always seemed fantastic, something your mum could never make. It reminds me of that, but so fucking tasty.

The worst burger would have to be a McDonalds. The bun has mroe flavour than the patty. Fucking abysmal.
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I think I may have overdone it on just about every level:

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d48/Davros5545/Burger2.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d48/Davros5545/OpenBurger.jpg[/img]

I don't know why, I just don't seem to be able to exhibit any moderation with things like this. Cutting it in half made it a lot easier to eat.

I don't have a mincer, so I used the old-fashioned two knife chop-attack method. The texture was perhaps a bit coarser than shop-bought mince, but that made for good eatin'! I had to cook the two patties in separate pans, and you can see the bottom one is cooked to what I think is perfect pinkness, but the top one could have done with a bit longer. Oh, and I clearly used too much cheese.

Anyway, I recommend rib for burgers, or rib-eye steak if you don't go for a full joint. It just needs trimming of the larger pieces of fat, as it's already well marbled. Going for a very long walk now...
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It was a bit excessive, to be honest.

Once again I am reminded of what good value a joint of meat can be. I've got stock on the go now, and about a tonne of leftovers. Anyone got any recipes for using lots and lots of sliced rare beef?
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[quote name='Davros sock drawer' post='4862788' date='Mar 9 2008, 01:40 PM']Anyone got any recipes for using lots and lots of sliced rare beef?[/quote]

Sit. Eat beef. Continue until out of beef.
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[quote name='Chase' post='4861997' date='Mar 8 2008, 11:39 PM']I had the Frank and Bennys Steak Ciabatti Sandwich today. Was pretty rubbish. Steak burgers aren't as good as regular burgers.[/quote]

Steak Burgers are fine, its just that Frank and Bennys are a bit shit.
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[quote name='Davros sock drawer' post='4862788' date='Mar 9 2008, 01:40 PM']It was a bit excessive, to be honest.

Once again I am reminded of what good value a joint of meat can be. I've got stock on the go now, and about a tonne of leftovers. Anyone got any recipes for using lots and lots of sliced rare beef?[/quote]

I always do a thai curry, beef panang or something. That or a nice watercreass salad with horseradish
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Well, I had the nicest bits cold with some buttery mash and pickles, then made a massive pot of Ragu with which I'll make pasta tomorrow. But next time I'll tap you for that Beef Penang recipe.
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Well, all I did was mince some good beef, add salt and pepper, form it into two very mis-shapen patties, fry them off, and then make an obscene, artery clogging burger monolith.
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[quote name='Davros sock drawer' post='4862665' date='Mar 9 2008, 12:42 PM']Going for a very long walk now...[/quote]

STOP! It's bad for you to go for a walk after a big meal. Apparently your body is doing so much work processing your big dins, a walk on top puts a hellish strain on it.

To slump after a meal is good.


Anyway great burger, chef. Hope your jaw didn't lock on it's widest setting :)
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It took all my available digesting energy to [i]say[/i] I was going for a walk, so I didn't actually go.

It wasn't too bad really. I'd missed breakfast, so it barely touched the sides. :)
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Did see in some Jamie Oliver book - there is an Italian chef who makes a steak tartare, almost sushi-esque due to the raw beef. Think it was in his Italian adventures book.
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May I mention chicken burgers in this thread? I once ate a Chicken Royale in Burger King and after I'd finished it, I thought to myself 'I could happily live off those for the rest of my life'.

Again, I think the smaller, thinner chicken burgers end up tasting nicer (and being easier to eat). Don't much like the ones without breadcrumbs either.
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[quote name='Chase' post='4880758' date='Mar 15 2008, 03:18 AM']I once ate a Chicken Royale in Burger King and after I'd finished it, I thought to myself 'I could happily live off those for the rest of my life'.[/quote]

Negative.

I've never made chicken burgers before but I've made pollo Milanese (chicken in breadcrumbs, basically) with my girlfriend before and they were ridiculously good. I imagine that if you stuck it between a toasted burger bun with a schlurp of lemon mayonnaise, black pepper and whatever else you want to put in your burger it would be [i]infinitely[/i] better. Not to mention you know what's going into your burger, and it's probably healthier.

Method:
[list]
[*]Tenderise the chicken to make it thinner, be careful not to overdo this as chicken ain't as hardy as steak!
[*]Get three dishes, one with egg (lightly beaten), one with flour, one with breadcrumbs
[*]Once chicken has been tenderised dip into egg-->flour--->egg--->breadcrumbs
[*]Fry in butter or olive oil for about 10 mins I would guess, turning mid way through
[/list]

I'm lucky my girlfriends parents taught me this, it's a nice little dish. If I cook it again soon i'll post some photos to satisfy the food porn formuites.
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Mufasa, try the same thing with pork loin steaks, and mix some dried oregano and grated lemon zest in with the breadcrumbs. Awesome +1

In fact, that's dinner decided.
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I'm not sure whether this deserves a new thread so i'll post it here. The images aren't as slick as Davros' ultimates but I don't really mind. Cooked this about an hour ago, here are the pics:

Get some eggs and flour ready:

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Then coat it with breadcrumbs like so:

[attachment=3048:SNC10012.JPG]

Once this is done heat up some olive oil until it's hot enough to crisp up a breadcrumb when you drop it in:

[attachment=3049:SNC10015.JPG]

Put the chicken in the oil (lie it down away from you to avoid splashes) and cook for about four or five minutes, be careful not to burn it and use your own judgement as to how long it needs, there is no definitive time it needs :

[attachment=3050:SNC10017.JPG]

Once you have flipped it, it should be golden and crispy:

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Cook for about another five minutes and once finished cooking it should look something like this:

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And you're done! I cooked mine with a little spaghetti dressed with a nice tomato sauce and a salad of rocket leaves. Complete winner of a dish and it always gets me brownie points.

Tadaa!

[attachment=3053:SNC10032.JPG]

I wish i had some plain white plates, they look so much better than the silly floral ones shown. And as Gordon Ramsay would say, DONE!
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[quote name='Davros sock drawer' timestamp='1205066540' post='4862665']
I think I may have overdone it on just about every level:

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d48/Davros5545/Burger2.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d48/Davros5545/OpenBurger.jpg[/img]

[/quote]

:lol:

Both absolutely ridiculous and incredible at the time, Davros this is one of best post's of the food forum. +1


A small bakery chain round my parts have developed what they call the '[url="http://grillstock.co.uk/archives/ultimate-burger-bap-to-launch-at-grillstock/1743/"]Ultimate Burger Bap[/url]'. Not many details on that link, however I'm going to try some out this weekend hopefully so I'll post some impressions.

(If you're interested, [url="http://www.hobbshousebakery.co.uk/"]Hobbs House Bakery[/url] are the ones who are selling the [url="http://shop.hobbshousebakery.co.uk/our-breads/shepherds-loaf.html"]most expensive loaf of bread in the country[/url] ([url="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/7814622/Is-Britains-21-loaf-of-bread-worth-the-dough.html"]more here[/url]), so I'm expecting big things from this bap. Fortuantly the burger bap is priced at a reasonable £1.99 for 6.)
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Such gluttony!

This thread wants revisting at some point, as I've been reading a lot of stuff online about burgers, whilst trying to stay away from eating this sort of food. I think I'm saving myself up for a proper burger blow-out at some point:

http://aht.seriouseats.com/

The Americans really know how to do a burger.

Edit: Those Ultimate Baps look perfect. Perfect I say!
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[quote name='Davros sock drawer' timestamp='1307609093' post='7939168']
Such gluttony!

This thread wants revisting at some point, as I've been reading a lot of stuff online about burgers, whilst trying to stay away from eating this sort of food. I think I'm saving myself up for a proper burger blow-out at some point:

http://aht.seriouseats.com/

The Americans really know how to do a burger.

Edit: Those Ultimate Baps look perfect. Perfect I say!
[/quote]

Yep cracking website that aht, I've been reading it a lot recently, and combined with watching Man V Food I feel I've really learnt a lot about how a American Cheeseburger should really be.

I really want to go to an [url="http://www.in-n-out.com/"]In'n'Out[/url] burger joint, I haven't heard one bad thing said about them.
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