Hamburger from Scratch

Okay, mostly everyone enjoys a really good hamburger. It isn't terribly hard to make a decent one, but what happens if you make everything, fresh, from scratch?


INGREDIENTS:

Brioche Bun Ingredients

  • 3 cups bread flour

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ tsp sugar

  • 1 ½ tsp salt

  • 2 tsp active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm water

  • 3 Tbsp warm milk

  • Sourdough starter (optional)

  • 1 egg

  • 3 Tbsp softened butter

  • Black sesame seeds


Burger Topping Ingredients:

  • Cucumber

  • 2 cups white vinegar

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp white sugar


Mayo Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard

  • Salt and pepper

  • Lemon

  • Oil

  • 3 Tbsp ketchup

  • 1 clove garlic

  • Onion powder

  • Frank’s redhot


Burger Patty Ingredients:

  • Ground beef

  • Salt

  • Pepper


Other Ingredients:

  • Bacon

  • Tomatoes

  • Iceberg lettuce

  • Cheese

  • Red onion


INSTRUCTIONS:

Brioche Bun Method:

  1. In a stand mixer, combine bread flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt and yeast.

  2. Add wet ingredients of water, milk, and egg.

  3. With the mixer running on medium low speed, add softened butter one scoop at a time until all of the butter is incorporated. Let run at medium speed for 10 minutes.

  4. Transfer dough to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise at room temperature for 1 to 3 hours.

  5. Once risen, divide dough into 8 equal portions and shape into balls. Cover with a damp dish towel and set aside.

  6. Brush buns with egg wash and season with black sesame seeds.

  7. Place in the oven set to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes.

  8. Once baked, place in a pan with some butter and toast until golden.


Cucumbers Method:

  1. In a large pot, add white vinegar, rice vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil. Once brought to a boil, pour directly over sliced cucumber in a bowl.

  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and press the plastic down to adhere to the hot liquid.


Mayo Method:

  1. Add egg yolks, mustard, a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon to a bowl.

  2. While constantly whisking, add a steady stream of oil to the bowl; until you get a nice thick consistency.

  3. Add ketchup, grated garlic, onion powder, black pepper and Frank’s redhot and whisk together.


Bacon Method:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until your liking; constantly turning them.

  2. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.


Burger Method:

  1. Season ground beef generously with salt and pepper. Form beef into evenly sized patties and season again with salt and pepper.

  2. In a pan that’s on medium-high heat, add patties and sear for 2-3 minutes on both sides.

  3. Once seared, top with cheese. Pour some water in the bottom of the hot pan, cover it and cook for 1-3 minutes.


Building the Burger:

  1. Add a healthy amount of mayo to the bottom of the bun, spreading it out evenly.

  2. Add in order the iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, burger patty and bacon pieces.

  3. Top with thinly sliced red onion, and your homemade pickles; adding more sauce on the top bun if desired.