Saturday, April 4, 2015

The PERFECT Burger! Plus how we do Oven Fries

I'm not kidding
This is the best grilled burger ever!

A perfect grilled burger with crispy oven fries...and topped with a sesame seed bun :)

Perfect oven fries.
My husband is the real Burger King. Just sayin'

This is a simple but amazingly delicious all-american dinner. But you know that already.

One of my husband's secrets is to put a hole in the center of each raw hamburger patty. This helps it cook quicker and more evenly. As a result, the meat does not shrink and mound up as much while cooking. He also seasons the meat generously, so they have great flavor too. We get juicy burgers that are not overdone on the edges and then raw in the center, so they are safer to eat as well.

You can easily make this a gluten-free dinner by using crunchy romaine lettuce leaves as lettuce wraps. You may also enjoy shaping the burgers into oblong shapes to better fit into the longer lettuce wraps, you know, like a fat hot-dog shaped hamburger patty. We don't put holes in the center of the oblong patties. they cook fast enough because they are narrow.

I start baking the oven fries about 40 minutes before he starts grilling the meat. Our daughter prepares the other hamburger toppings and sets the table.

You can make fry sauce by mixing ketchup and mayonnaise together. Go heavier on the ketchup. You can add a touch of seasoned salt to the fry sauce if you want. A bit of smoked paprika added is nice too. I think McD's adds sweet pickle relish to their "Special Sauce". 

Crispy Oven Fries:

1 potato per person (I used Yukon Golds)
Deodorized coconut oil
Seasoned salt, to taste


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Generously oil a baking sheet with coconut oil.
Scrub the potatoes and cut in the middle lengthwise. Then cut into strips almost 1/2-inch wide.
Arrange the cut potatoes in 1 layer on the oiled baking sheet and bake about 20 to 30 minutes.
Turn the potatoes and bake another 15 minutes, or until golden brown. 
Serve hot.

The Perfect Grilled Burger:

Organic ground beef or buffalo
Seasoned salt
Garlic seasoning, optional
Cheese, optional

Recommended Hamburger Toppings:
Romaine lettuce
Sliced ripe tomatoes
Crisp bacon strips
Onion slices
Avocado slices
Whatever else you can think of...


Preheat your outdoor grill.
Shape the burger into patties the size you want.
Season both sides of the patties with seasoned salt and garlic seasoning.
Poke a hole in the center of each patty.
Grill on your grill about 5 minutes, depending on the size of your burgers.
flip burgers and top with cheese if desired. 
Grill a couple minutes more and serve hot.
Top with your desired hamburger toppings.
You can choose a gluten-free option and make into a lettuce wrap.

The Yukon Golds are baking in coconut oil before the hamburgers are started. So far they have baked 30 minutes.

3 hamburger patties were made and seasoned from 1 lb organic ground beef.

Poke a hole in the center of the hamburger patties.


The grilling burgers are ready to be topped with cheese. See how the holes have closed up?

This burger is ready to get dressed.

The oven fries have been seasoned with season salt.

That's a nice looking plate of food.

This baby is wrapped in saran wrap or it will drip to my elbows!