I say we take dad off grill duty today on his special day, and cook up a big ol’ burger just for him.
I have some tips and tricks that make the burger better than ever and a special four-ingredient sauce that could rival any of your favorite fast-food burger stops.
We like to think dad wants to grill something on Father’s Day.
So beat him to it, fire up the grill (or an indoor grill pan) and let him dive into deliciousness.
The first tip is to buy ground beef that has a little fat because fat equals flavor. An 80-20 blend is great; that’s 80 percent lean beef to 20 percent fat.
Also, you can cook up some nice, crispy bacon and chop it up into bacon bits.
Then, dice a sweet yellow onion, sauté it in a little of the bacon fat and when the bacon and onion are cooled, add it to the ground beef. It adds flavor and moisture.
The only other ingredients you need for a tasty burger is salt, pepper and maybe some garlic powder.
Now, you may have heard of the ice method of cooking up a burger to keep it moist.
It actually works! Form your beef patty, make a shallow indentation with your fingers in the middle of the burger and place an ice cube in the divot. (The ice cube should only be about an inch in diameter. Place the patty on the grill, and as the burger heats up, the ice cube will melt into the ground beef. The divot helps keep the burger flat and the ice adds moisture. Don’t keep flipping the burger. Once on each side should do it.
Then there’s the sauce. It’s a simple, four-ingredient sauce that’ll make this Big Daddy Burger a Father’s Day favorite!
Big Daddy Burger
1 ½ pounds ground beef (makes 4 (6oz) patties
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped fine, reserve fat
1 sweet yellow onion, chopped fine and sautéed in 2-3 tablespoons bacon fat
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Fixings: Sliced cheese, sliced avocado, sliced tomatoes, lettuce
In a bowl, combine ground beef, bacon bits, cooled sautéed onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Gently mix to combine. Form 4 (6oz) patties. Press the center of each burger down with your fingers. Add one (1-inch) cube of ice to each patty.
Grease a grill pan or grill. Cook burgers on medium
high for 3-4 minutes on each side. Only turn once. For cheeseburger, add cheese after you’ve flipped the burgers.
Toast the bun on the grill or in the hot grill pan. Slather the special sauce over bun.
Add fixings and burger. Enjoy!
For the special sauce: (for four burgers)
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 tablespoons softened butter
¼ cup hot sauce (like Frank’s)
1/3 cup brown sugar
Directions: Mix together all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth and creamy.