The burger is one of those iconic dishes that also have a social meaning. It emerged in the late nineteenth century as a result of industrialization, long working hours and reduced time to eat. It is associated with American cuisine, but today is present worldwide.
While it is famous for not being very healthy food and for having a high caloric intake (rather than for its main ingredients, beef and hamburger, for everything that goes with it), in recent years it has claimed a position as a gourmet dish. It has gone from the greasy burgers in road bars and fast food chains to recipes made with more care and creativity.
Cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, crispy bacon, fried eggs, avocado, arugula … imagination is the limit when creating the gourmet versions. One thing though, it is recommended to not abuse the ketchup and if used, choose one of good quality or a homemade sauce.
Today, top level restaurants boast of having burgers in their menu, but you can also make your own at home by following a few simple tips.
Meat is the most important ingredient, so forget about buying those burgers that come ready-made and ask for your own piece of meat at the butcher shop, you can mix beef with pork or lamb. As for spices, you can choose between garlic, paprika, onion powder, cumin… almost any kind of spices will do.
In order for the meat to be well compacted, you can choose to add some breadcrumbs and egg although this is optional. When it comes to bread, discard the typical ‘burger bun’ or soft bun, as panini or baguette-style bread from the bakery is a much better option.