This #homemadeMonday is somewhat special to me, as it marks 101 days without fast food. Not that I am a big fast food fan, but a girls´d gotta have a double cheeseburger every now and then, am I right? Well not for 101 days she hasn´t. 101 days ago I embarked on a journey of eating healthier, working out more and being more mindful about my body. They´ve gone by in a jiffy, I have to say. What hasn´t gone by though is my love for burgers. And so I thought the best way to celebrate this achievement was by giving the homemade burger a try. From scratch. Two reasons this burger is special: 1. I made the buns. Read that again – I MADE THE BUNS. I love cooking but man, do I suck at baking. And so I followed @anchacheregi´s burger buns recipe to the core and I am sooo happy with the result. I am adding it here, but the credit is all her´s. 2. I followed Chris Morocco´s tips for how to get the best umami flavour out of onion instead of bacon – and they´re sheer genius. So keep on reading to learn how to make the best homemade burger.
(for six burgers)
For the buns:
240g luke warm water
2 tbsp sugar
two pinches of salt
For the burgers:
900g minced meat
250g brie cheese
half a red onion
sweet chilli sauce
olive oil, soy sauce, salt and garlic powder
1. Add the yeast to the lukewarm water and let it sit for 10 minutes while you melt the butter.
2. In a bowl, mix the flour with the salt. Add the melted butter and the sugar.
3. Add the water with the yeast and mix everything by hand. Disclaimer: it´s gonna be sticky.
4. Knead for about 10 minutes and return to a bowl, covering with a plastic. Let rise in a warm place for one hour.
5. Once the hour is done, the dough should have doubled in size. Knead once again to get the air out of the dough and divide into 6 equal pieces.
6. Knead each piece into a sphere and add them to an oven tray, leaving plenty of space between them.
7. Cover with a plastic and let the rise for about an hour.
8. Once the hour is through and they´ve risen, paint over them with the egg and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
9. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven at 200 degrees.
10. While the buns are baking, cut the onion horizontally and separate the rings.
11. As you take the buns out of the oven, add the onion rigs sprinkled with olive oil, soy sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Let them cook in the oven for about 10 minutes. This will give the onions the umami flavour you would normally take from a piece of bacon. It´s a little trick I learned from Chris Morocco and it makes all the difference in the world.
12. In the meantime divide the minced meat into six burger patties, salt and pepper and fry in a pan with a bit of olive oil for a couple of minutes on each side. I personally like my burgers well done so I fry them until they´re dark brown.
13. Cut the buns open and smear on the inside with sweet chilli sauce. Next, add a salad leaf, the meat patty, the onion rings, slices of the brie cheese, some more sweet chilli sauce, the tomato and finally the top bun.
14. Enjoy with homemade fries, homemade garlic sauce and a good Netflix series.