Hamburger Craving!

23 Feb

Hi Everyone,

I have been craving a good hamburger lately. Bad. It could be that I just got my hands on these pictures that Sarah Wilson took last spring and they are so good that I can’t resist or every time I turn on the TV there seems to be a show on burgers or my girl typically craves burgers at 10:30 each night or the weather is finally right for grilling. Let’s call it a combination of all of the above. A cheeseburger is the ultimate comfort food for me and we will be grilling these tonight. I can’t wait! The quality of beef is pivotal here, grass-fed and finished is the only way to go. You can go grab some this afternoon from Richardson Farms at the Triangle Farmers Market. I like a thin patty with cheese melted right up on it. I was able to get my hands on some arugula this morning at Boggy Creek. Tomatoes aren’t in season yet, but I am going to quick pickle some radishes to get that tartness. Veldhuizen, from Dublin, TX, has some of the best cheeses I have put in my mouth. I am partial to the Bosque Blue, but really you can’t go wrong with any of their products. If you are in Austin, you can pick them up at Antonelli’s Cheese Shop or Wheatsville.

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Grass-fed Burger Time

1 lb grass-fed beef

1 T Dai Due Fireman’s 4 mustard

1 T rock salt

1 t fresh black pepper

1 jalepeno

3 dashes Worshteshire

4 buns

cheese

lettuce or arugula

pickled radishes

Start your grill.

Make sure the meat is cold! Combine all ingredients and mix with your hands since they are the best tool for the job. Divide into 4 portions, roll into balls, place parchment or saran wrap around and squish the ball between two plates like you are stacking them. This makes for a uniform, thin patty.

Once the coals on your grill are nice and hot, place the patties on and cook for 5 or so minutes on each side. It will take longer the thicker your burger. I like to toast my buns on the grill, as well. That just takes a couple of minutes and picks up some really great flavor!

The Challenge

Last week we were in San Francisco which means EATING OUT, my friends!!! (And, yes. I was yelling.) My goodness, what a town to eat in. It really is heavenly there. I have a strong urge to write a love letter to places like Bi-Rite and the Ferry Building and then I would transport them here. I was astonished by how pervasive the farm to table movement is there. We would have had to try to find an establishment that doesn’t operate from that philosophy. Due to that, I can happily report that there was not a Tums consumed in San Francisco. I also couldn’t help but notice that the restaurants there are much smaller. They are geared to serve the neighborhood they are in and the service is familiar in that way. I loved it! It also occurs to me that the size of the restaurant has a corallary to the serving sizes. My take away from that is to seek the smaller restaurants, eat a little less of better food. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Thank you all for reading and have a great week!

Not That Martha

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9 Responses to “Hamburger Craving!”

  1. Sarah Wilson February 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM #

    Yummm! Gotta have a burger soon!

  2. Sarah February 23, 2011 at 10:06 PM #

    Marfy, I had the exact same craving today! Mmm…

    My dad always put a slight thumb print in the pre-grilled patties. Said they didn’t shrink that way.

    Much love to you and Jo!

    • notthatmartha February 24, 2011 at 11:24 AM #

      sea,
      i love that. i will start doing that too. i miss you!!!!

  3. Rachel M February 26, 2011 at 6:31 PM #

    Hmmmm… duck burgers perhaps? 🙂 Hungry!

    • notthatmartha February 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM #

      Rachel, duck burgers for sure!
      Em, we went to the Slanted Door and Pizzaria Delfina and snacked our way through the Ferry Building… It was good!!!

  4. Emily Covey February 26, 2011 at 9:19 PM #

    Where did you eat in San Francisco?

  5. ssn March 3, 2011 at 7:48 PM #

    lotsa places could learn lotsa stuff from good & slow food in San Francisco. you’ll like these pics…

    http://tinyurl.com/4s9kmu3

    • notthatmartha March 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM #

      Sam, I love those pictures. We actually went to Sears too. I loved sitting at the counter. I am adding your blog to my blogroll. I love it!!!

      • ssn March 8, 2011 at 3:34 PM #

        we had a few folks over on sunday and made your burgers. damn good damn good. used some venison meat and even worked in a little breakfast sausage… you know, just to throw some fat into the mix. also ate it on panini bread, which was a first.

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