The Perfect "One Cow" Burger

>> Thursday, June 04, 2009

In our house we love burgers! Not the frozen preformed patties some people call hamburgers. I would much assume take the bun with all the fixins and hold the "Patty" if that were my option.

But rather the plump, juicy, fresh burgers that actually have amazing flavor.
It wasn't until I read the cookbook Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes (love this cookbook by the way) that I came across a recipe for the "One Cow" Burger. I know it doesn't sound very appetizing, but when you think about that preground stuff (or preformed patties) exactly how many cows do you think went in to make up that pound of meat? 25? 50? Possibly 100! And set aside taste for a minute, what about the chance of one of those cows having some sort of disease? Hard to think about- huh?
So here's the solution. Go to your local grocery store, pick out a fresh piece of chuck, go find the butcher and ask him to grind it up for you. They have always been more that happy to do it for me! And now go home and make the most amazing burger you have ever had and never, I mean never buy those preformed patties again!

The One Cow Burger
adapted from Blue Eggs and Yellow tomatoes, by Jeanne Kelley

2lbs ground chuck (premium beef if you don't mind paying a little more)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
Unsalted butter
5-6 hamburger buns

preheat outdoor grill.
Combine first 5 ingredients, ground chuck through ground pepper. Form mixture into 5-6 patties, about 5-6 oz. each. Cook patties on grill about 4 minutes per side for medium rare.
Lightly butter hamburger rolls and grill them butter side down for a minute or two.
As for the toppings, go crazy if you would like. But mostly we like to keep it simple: shredded lettuce, chopped red onion, and chopped dill pickle, a little mayo on the bun and a squirt of Dijon mustard on the burger. And you now have (in my opinion) the perfect burger!


CBP June 7, 2009 at 9:21 AM  

Hi Sarah~
This is really good know I never thought about it that way~
All roads lead back to what Julia Child meats in as whole a form as you can get them, then let the butcher do the rest! (while you enjoy a glass of wine-LOL!)
Thanks for sharing!

dawn June 11, 2009 at 1:25 PM  

Cow Burger! looks something different to me...i wanna try it.. right away i'm gonna get the ingredients from and try it.

Soap June 11, 2009 at 10:39 PM  

yummm....that look so good I bet it smell delicious to. Too bad I can't smell it here. I will have to make it for myself. :)

Ellen July 15, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

So, where do you get you beef? Four Mile River Farm, perchance?

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