The best hamburger recipe? It just might be…

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Who doesn’t love a good hamburger? They’re the obvious choice for any casual get-together; economical and easy. And with the help of this recipe, your burgers will never be dry and always delicious!

I found a recipe touting the “Juiciest Burgers Ever” on allrecipes.com and made a few adjustments, producing what I truly believe is the tastiest burgers I’ve ever made. The main change? Rather than the recommended bread crumbs, I substituted a panade (a bread and milk mixture).

Now, burger purests will cry that beef with added bread is a meatloaf, not a hamburger. But I feel the bread soaks in some of the juices and keeps the burger moist. And here’s a tip, NEVER squish your burger with your spatula. You know how it releases all that moisture? You want to keep those juices inside your patty…you’ll taste the difference.

For our Grease party, I used this recipe and made sliders. Because mini is more fun! (And it saved more room on my plate for fried things.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef (an 80/20 fat percent works well)
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 6 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (Don’t skip this! It adds very little heat, but a TON of flavor)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch of parsley, pepper and paprika
  • 4 buns or 8 slider buns
  • 4-8 slices of cheese, your choice (optional)

Directions:
1. In a bowl, add the evaporated milk to the bread slices, pressing on bread to allow milk to absorb. Pull apart and mix bread with fork, making a paste.

2. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, egg, panade (bread and milk), Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and garlic using your hands. Form the mixture into 8 sliders or 4 large hamburger patties.

3. Over medium high heat, cook patties 5 minutes per side, or until well done.

You can add whatever kind of toppings you’d like. I kept these All-American for the party; American cheese, ketchup and mustard. But I love a burger with blue cheese and apple too. The combos are endless, as long as you have a good base. And now, you will!

Stef, co-editor of we heart this, loves nothing more than a great burger and a fab lip gloss.

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Stef is a plethora of things. Amongst them: co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie. She also has a touch of wanderlust and, arguably, the cutest dog in the whole world...
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6 thoughts on “The best hamburger recipe? It just might be…”

  1. christy

    I can vouch for these burgers…Stef made them and they were juicy, delicious, and just plain tasty! You will have some seriously happy friends if you make these at your next party. They were sooooo good!!

    Stef, I think the panade substitute you made, made these even extra juicy and delicious.

    YUMMMM is the word on these!

  2. irene

    You’re making these the next time we visit! I love a good burger.. this really looks insane! French fries too!! They do have some of the ingred. that a meatloaf/meatballs have, but who cares!

  3. kellie76

    Ok-Totally going to make the husband prepare this tasty treat for me as he is our resident meat chef!

    This recipe looks so darn good! I am totally thrown by the evaporated milk. Never heard of a burger with that before.

  4. hao9703

    Reading this made my mouth water! I am currently in a hotel and TRYING to eat healthy. I will make these when I get home. We just bought 1/2 of a side of beef and have more hamburger in the freezer than we know what to do with.

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