Burger Bar

Evening all! Tonight I had a brilliant idea. Well, I remembered an idea I had a while back. It was the taco bar. Except now, I decided to change it up and have a burger bar. Cool right? Tomato, lettuce, bacon, different cheeses, different condiments (ketchup, BBQ sauce, mayo, mustard, horseradish etc.), worcestershire mushrooms and onions (recipe included)… you get the drift…add what you know everyone likes and go with it!

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I took a pound of meat and let it come to room temperature. Do this with all meats; it provides a better way for your meat to cook evenly. To the meat 1/2 of a minced or grated onion or 1 teaspoon of onion powder, 1 clove of minced garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper, at least 1 teaspoon if not more of each. Take off your rings, and just get in there… mix it all together, but DO NOT OVERMIX! Your meat can become tough. Portion out 4 burgers. I just take the meat and cut it into 4 equal pieces. You could use a knife, vegetable chopper, or pizza cutter. Form your patties to fit your buns. Press your thumb in the middle of the burger. Why? Well, this creates a uniform and level burger that cooks more evenly. If you don’t, your burger will be fat in the middle and flat on the outsides. No bueno.
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Now on to the pan. Grills are fine. Cast iron grills are better. Cast iron pans are the best. I love how the burgers get that yummy crust and picks up all the flavoring of the cast iron pan, not to mention adds to the pan’s flavoring. Make sure your pan is SCREAMING hot so they don’t stick. Add the burgers and leave them. DO NOT PRESS ON THE BURGER! Resist the urge to turn them over until they are ready… I can tell they are ready when a see a tiny crust forming and about half of the burger seems to be turning from pink to brown. I say about 6 minutes or so. Turn it; behold it’s glory….

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Worcestershire Mushrooms and Onions

1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 container of mushrooms, sliced
3 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Heat pan with enough olive oil to coat the pan, about 2 tablespoons
Add onions and mushrooms.
cook down for about 10 minutes.
Add worcestershire sauce. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Let cook as long as possible on low heat.

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