Hamburgers Florentine

A while back I promised pboy a simple recipe for the best darned hamburger on the planet - so here it is - Hamburgers Florentine!
  • 3/4 pound of ground beef (10-20% fat)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbls of sea salt
  • 1/4 tbls fresh ground pepper
  • I/2 fresh lemon

Fashion 3 patties and leave them fairly thick. If you use really lean ground beef they will be too dry. You need the juices for this to work well. Mix the salt and pepper together and coat both sides of the patties with the mixture. Mix up some more if you run out. Cut the garlic in half and rub it on a burger sized of piece of wax paper. Immediately apply the wax paper to one side of the burger. Repeat the process for both sides. You can rub the garlic on the burger directly but I find that it's hard to do right without the paper trick.

Grill the burgers. Frying them is against federal, state and natural laws. Don't burn them or cook the life out of them. Best in the medium range.

Place the burgers on a plate and squeeze out the juice of one half lemon on to the three eagerly awaited masterpieces. Let sit for 5 minutes them serve 'em up. Putting anything on them is sacrilege. Partake of the burger of the gods.


Stacy S. said...

I can honestly say that I have never even thought about putting lemon on hamburger. Hmmm...

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

You'd be surprised. It doesn't end up tasting lemony at all - just intensely flavorful. It is a modification of the classic steak Florentine recipe. Nor does it taste particularly garlicky or salty. The biochemistry of cooking is an amazing thing.