Every time I make a burger, I think of those shows like Kitchen Nightmare or Restaurant Impossible and when the restaurant can’t even make a decent burger I think to myself, no wonder you’re about to shut down! Seriously, making a good burger is so simple.
What you’ll need:
- Ground Beef (80-85% Lean)
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Kosher Salt
- Cheese (optional)
Form the ground beef into patties however big you want them, but make sure you don’t pack them too hard or over work the beef, then take your thumb and put an indentation on one side of each patty (this helps them from shrinking). In a small bowl pour as much of the seasonings you want in, I always pinch a little bit and lick it to make sure it tastes good and is not too salty. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over both sides of the patties. If you’re cooking them in a pan like I usually do, cook them on each side for 2-3 minutes (this depends on how thick your patties are and how done you want them to be). If you want melted cheese on your burgers during the last minute of cooking put a slice of whatever kind of cheese you like on the patty and cover with a lid. You’ll get the perfect burger every time!
If you don’t know too much about the Vietnamese culture, let me tell you a little bit about us. Here in California, we’re everywhere! We dominate San Jose, Sacramento and Orange County. The men love smoking cigarettes and drinking strong iced coffee sweetened with condensed milk brought to them by Vietnamese girls in skimpy bikini’s and lingerie. The women love to wear premium denim, high heels and Louis Vuitton bags. But all of us VN people share one thing in common, PHO! It’s a dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I’ve had pho in many different places all around Cali, but the one bowl of pho noodle soup that almost makes my heart skip a beat just thinking about it, is the bowl of noodles from Pho Anh Dao. I’ve been told from the owner that there is no MSG in their broth, it’s always fresh and piping hot. There are two different kinds of broth – chicken or beef. Pho Anh Dao is famous for their chicken pho but they sure know how to make the beef one too. In the photo above is my usual, beef pho with brisket and meatballs. I don’t care that it’s summer and 100 degrees outside, I can eat this anytime! If you ever have the chance to try this place, make sure you don’t get there too late… when they run out of their fresh ingredients, they close up for the day!