How to Make Homemade Hamburger Patties

A lot of folks don’t bother with homemade hamburgers. Since we’re already so used to fast food garbage, the frozen overpriced boxed burgers don’t really seem so bad.

But that’s because most people can’t even remember the last time they had a good fresh hamburger. That can be remedied with this easy recipe for hamburgers.

Fresh homemade hamburger
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This recipe, as with any hamburger recipe, is best when you have access to a barbecue or a grill, but for simplicity’s sake, it will be assumed you’re cooking on a frying pan in a regular kitchen.

Ingredients for Making Hamburgers

You will need a pound and a half of ground beef. You can use a bit less meat if you’re willing to pad out your burgers with bread crumbs. You shouldn’t do that.

You’ll also need some fresh garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage, and parsley. A bit of worcestershire sauce is recommended, and as with just about everything else, a bit of salt and pepper.

Cooking Your Homemade Hamburgers

Put your pound and a half of ground beef into a bowl and mix in two finely chopped garlic cloves, and a few shakes of rosemary, thyme, parsley, and sage, each. Add two tablespoons of worcestershire sauce, as well as a teaspoon of salt.

As far as pepper goes, it’s ideal to use freshly ground pepper, but if you don’t have any, it’s okay to use the regular stuff.

Mix everything together. Since it’s going to be easiest to use your hands, moisten your hands in cold water to help prevent the meat from sticking to you.

Now divide the mixture into five equal balls. Roll them up and then flatten them into a patty.

Assuming you’re cooking the burgers on a frying pan, use medium to high heat and cook each side until browned. Generally you’re looking at five to seven minutes on each side.

Hamburger Cooking Tips

  • Add cheese.
  • This recipe for homemade hamburger patties makes about five patties. If you’re cooking for a lot of people, just double or triple the recipe.
  • You can use any mixture of spices you’d like. Experiment to come up with a recipe for burgers that you love.
  • Pair up with either baked fries or fried french fries. If you bother making a real hamburger you better actually make real fries too. 

How to Cook Homemade Potato Gnocchi

What is potato gnocchi, exactly?

It’s a potato dumpling made similarly to pasta, and served even more similarly to pasta. This is a very simple recipe for homemade gnocchi, but it’s always going to be a more time consuming project than making your own fresh pasta. This recipe here though – a perfect recipe for cooking your own homemade potato gnocchi.

Homemade Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe

Habanero and Jalapeno Peppers

Somehow, a recipe created over a hundred years ago by the “Frank Tea and Spice Company” is dominating the entire hot sauce market and has been for a surprisingly long time. This thin, vinegary hot sauce has become the standard to beat. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

But if you use a lot of hot sauce, you should make something better. Not only is it easy to make a thicker more delicious hot sauce, but you will actually have control over how hot you choose to make it.

Hot Sauce Ingredients

For the base of the recipe you will need:

  • orange habanero peppers
  • jalapeno peppers
  • an onion
  • some regular white vinegar

For flavor you will want:

  • garlic
  • oregano
  • cumin
  • mustard powder
  • a bit of salt and pepper

How to Make Habanero Hot Sauce

This recipe starts out with an easy part. All you need to do is put everything in a blender or a food processor. Drop in a small onion, 5-6 habenero peppers and 5-6 jalapeno peppers.

Pour in two cups of vinegar.

Now, you can flavor this stuff almost any way you want, but an easy guideline is:

  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves
  • Quarter teaspoon of oregano
  • Quarter teaspoon of cumin
  • Half teaspoon of mustard powder

Now blend it all up until its all creamy and smooth.

Add the blended mixture to a heated saucepan, bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer the whole thing for about fifteen to twenty minutes and sprinkle in some salt and pepper to taste. This process ensures the flavors will be nicely mixed and you end up with a consistent sauce.

The best part is, because it’s made with vinegar, this stuff will last quite a while. So you can make it and use it like you would any other hot sauce.

Tips for Cooking Habanero Hot Sauce

  • Substitute a portion of the vinegar with fresh lime juice for a citrus variation.
  • Adjust the heat by substituting out some of the jalapeno and habanero peppers with regular green or red peppers.
  • Adding a teaspoon of sugar can help make the hot flavor linger longer.