Friday, May 29, 2009

Fav Things: Home ground burgers at the cabin

A few of my favorite things:
* Summertime
* Quiet cabins on the lake 
* Dinner with friends
* Meat Grinder for the kitchen aid to make our own ground beef!

This meat grinder was a thank-you gift from some friends. H has been putting it to great use by grinding his own chuck to make hamburgers.
By grinding the meat yourself - the meat doesn't have time to settle and air pockets still remain to hold lots of juice. If you want to kick it up a notch - just add in frozen butter cubes, salt, and pepper. It's really amazing. These are the best hamburgers I have ever had.

Into to the grinder: chuck steak cut into rough cubes and butter cubes that have been frozen
After meat is ground: add 1 egg yolk per pound of meat, salt and pepper. Gently pat into disc shapes with indent in the middle. Grill as normal.

For this dinner, we also grilled up zuchini and corn. Pair that with a potato salad - and you have TOO MUCH to enjoy. Perfect for a weekend at a friend's cabin.


Cathy said...

May I come live at the cabin with you :) Looks so peaceful! I enjoy homemade ground meat too - something about it that's just so much tastier.

Michael N said...

yeah! too bad we didn't get pics of the s'mores!

Anonymous said...

butter!! never thought of that! I love the grinder attachment too.

Tangled Noodle said...

Those fresh-ground patties look awesome! The lake photo is beautiful. I hope you'll make it up to your cabin often this season!

Elyse said...

Homemade burgers sound fantastic!! Sometimes there's nothing better than a nice juicy burger--especially when you control the quality of your meat. I love your blog! So glad to have found it, and can't wait to keep reading more.

Rachael said...

Yeah for fresh butter burgers!! Have you done tartar yet?? Oh darn, I owe you that recipe.