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Thick or thin, made on the grill or stovetop, this is the best and easiest all-purpose recipe for perfect hamburger patties every time!
2 pounds ground chuck
½ cup crushed saltine crackers or Panko breadcrumbs
1 large egg
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
Set out a large mixing bowl. Add in the ground beef, crushed crackers, egg, Worcestershire sauce, milk, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. Mix by hand until the meat mixture is very smooth.
Press the meat down in the bowl, into an even disk. Use a knife to cut and divide the hamburger patty mixture into 6 – 1/3 pound grill or skillet patties, or 12 thin griddle patties.
Set out a baking sheet, lined with wax paper or foil, to hold the patties. One at a time, gather the patty mix and press firmly into patties. Shape them just slightly larger than the buns you plan to use, to account for shrinkage during cooking. Set the patties on the baking sheet. Use a spoon to press a dent in the center of each patty so they don't puff up as they cook. If you need to stack the patties separate them with a sheet of wax paper.
Preheat the grill or a skillet to medium heat. (Approximately 350-400 degrees F.)
For thick patties: Grill or fry the patties for 3-4 minutes per side
For thin patties: Cook on the griddle for 2 minutes per side.
Stack the hot patties on hamburgers buns, and top with your favorite hamburgers toppings. Serve warm.
We developed this technique specifically for lean grass-fed steaks. Turn them frequently to cook evenly and prevent the exterior from toughening. Baste after every turn so the sizzling surface stays moist. The olive oil adds an important layer of rich yet healthy fat to grass-fed steaks, which don’t have as much fatty marbling as their grain-fed counterparts. You may need to tip the pan slightly to pool the oil and make it easier scoop it with a spoon
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 (8-oz.) 1 1/2-in.-thick grass-fed New York strip steaks, trimmed
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 (3-in.) rosemary sprig
1 garlic clove, crushed
Rosemary leaves (optional)
Heat grill pan over medium-high. Brush 1 tablespoon oil on steaks; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
Add rosemary sprig, garlic, and 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add steaks; cook 9 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, turning steaks and basting with oil once every minute.
Place steaks on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Slice steaks across grain; place on a platter. Drizzle with juices from cutting board and remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Garnish with rosemary leaves, if desired.