Thursday, February 3, 2011

A life-changing burger. No, really.

Here's a confession: I don't really like burgers that much. I mean, they're okay. Better than lima beans, for instance. But I wouldn't put them on my list of must-haves.

Unless they were this burger.

On Sundays, Ben and I have a little routine. I agree to watch (meaning sleep through) football if he'll watch America's Test Kitchen with me. Which works out fine for him, too, because he usually likes the kind of stuff they're making and it gives us good ideas for recipes.

This "Best Old-Fashioned Burger" is our best discovery yet. You grind your own meat (not difficult, I promise), loosely pat it together, melt a little cheese over it. And then your life changes as your tastebuds nearly explode with happiness.

At the ATK website, you can get a detailed recipe and a step-by-step video for the life-changing meal. (You have to give them your email address, but it's worth it.) One of the things I appreciate most about Christopher Kimball and company is that their recipes are incredibly well researched and communicated, so you know that you'll be able to follow the instructions--and your finished product will be good good good.

If you're looking for a side, I can recommend the Easier French Fries, from the same show. They are also delicious. (And, as you might expect, easy.) But be warned: Whatever you serve with these burgers is going to pale in the bright light of these mega-burger masterpieces.