Burger Night

February 1st, 2009 by katie

I love cheeseburgers.  Actually, what I love is the combination of textures and flavors in a classic burger.  Hot, juicy beef with melty, gooey cheese, the crispness of the lettuce and sour pickles combined with the sharp tang from the red onion and mustard all balanced together with the sweet tomato and rich mayo.  The bun is an important factor in the total burger experience-too much bun and the textures are lost in TOO MUCH BREAD, too little and you have no way to contain and deliver your juices and sauces.

Burger night is a great, easy weeknight meal that pleases everyone.  Like taco night, sandwich night, or gyro night, every picky kid or grown-up gets to control the construction of their burger.  For our recent burger night I made the buns ahead of time so when it was time to eat it was simply a matter of making hamburger patties and grilling them.  I used the bun recipe from What geeks eat… which was easy and delicious.  I was very nervous because the buns didn’t really rise much on the pan but in the oven they puffed up beautifully.

Also, to change things up a bit I made sweet potato fries: super easy with a bag of frozen julienned sweet potatoes.  I deep fried them at 370° for about 5 minutes then sprinkled with kosher salt.  Overall a super easy, fast family meal.

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7 Responses

  1. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    I make burgers for a quick weeknight meal often. Sometimes we top them with gorgonzola, or hummus, we try different cheeses and breads to mix it up. The last time we had burgers we ate them on those big English muffins with pickles and Swiss. Yum. Your burger looks wonderful! Makes me wish I made some for the Superbowl!

  2. Pontch

    Yummmy..
    I love burgers night
    and yours looks so delicious ..

  3. noble pig

    Delicious looking! Love the burger night theme always.

  4. Tami Lyn

    Are those the Alexia brand frozen sweet potato fries? They look familiar and I love them. That burger looks awfully good too! Yum 🙂

    Yep, they are great! -katie

  5. Frank

    Thanks for mentioning the bread!

    Many folks ignore the bun when talking burgers, and I find that you can turn even second-rate meat into first-class burgers if you use the right bread. Similarly, put a patty of ground ribeye on a junky bun and you’ve gone and wrecked what would otherwise be akin to a religious experience.

  6. Melissa

    That looks so good. I think I’ll make burgers for dinner. 🙂 Hooray for the buns turning out well!

  7. molly

    i LOVE sweet potato fries! great burger photo.

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