I started off the morning with a cheeseburger for breakfast-sorta. I had an egg sandwich with a breakfast patty sausage, toast and cheese.
I was craving one and planned it before I knew it was National Cheeseburger Day.
Instead of tacos today, we'll go ahead and have cheeseburgers. I lucked out when I went to buy a chub of meat and found packs of preformed patties in the clearance section, still pink and lookin' good.
I would normally never buy meat in patty form because they cost more, but since they were on clearance, I went ahead and got them. I compared the cost and it worked out cheaper buying the patties. Just a couple of weeks ago, my son wanted to buy some and I explained to him why I wouldn't buy them.
When we make burgers at home, I have two ways that I like them. Either or. No. Other. Way.
On The Grill
If we have a little time, my husband will grill the burgers. Our grilled burger is always made up of the same components: a 4-to-1 ration of hamburger meat to breakfast sausage, and Montreal Steak Seasoning (use recommended serving.)
THAT'S IT. Nothing else needed. Gently knead the ingredients together and grill. Only American cheese can top this burger. You can add whatever other toppings you want, but usually I just go with an untoasted bun, mayo and MAYBE some grilled onions if Hubs has taken the time to make some. That is grilled cheeseburger perfection for me. My family tends to agree.
That's actually a recipe my dad came up with over the past 15 years. I remember him in his denim apron, prepping the meat with gloves on, then grilling them. I miss him.
My other burger option is influenced by Zesto's, a burger joint we got our burgers from when we were little. It was a small building reminiscent of the 1950's. It was a walk up order place. I tried to research the business but all I found was this picture:
I don't remember that big ice cream on top, but this was over 30 years ago. They had the best ice cream dipped cones! The best grilled cheeses! The best fries! The best cheeseburgers!
Sometimes it really was a toss up between the grilled cheese and cheeseburgers because they were both so good. If you got the grilled cheese, it was easier to scoop the cheese onto the fries. Of course they used Texas Toast.
They closed when I was a child. We were sad when it closed. The lady who owned and operated it was elderly and probably eventually passed. A couple of years later, another burger place opened there. The burgers were not the same. They didn't use the secret ingredient. We would not have burgers or grilled cheeses like that for many years. We searched but nothing was ever as good as we remembered Zesto's burgers.
We eventually figured out that they used cheddar cheese instead of American cheese which was really a radical idea back then, believe it or not. (Sidenote: I raised my kids on cheddar cheese grilled cheeses and now my son will not accept a grilled cheese made with the "low quality cheese.")
So the cheese was a winner. We still weren't getting the same taste though. I remembered that they had a metal salt shaker, and would sprinkle some kind of orange seasoning on their burgers and fries. SO GOOD. I'm not sure how or even who figured it out, but the secret seasoning ended up being Lawry's Seasoning Salt. That was a foreign concept to our family as well. I mean we used salt, pepper and Mexican spices but never the Lawry's!! That was high class to us.
But it was the secret ingredient and we now keep it in stock, buying the commercial size container at Sam's.
We use it on fries and burgers mostly. Sometimes I'll add it to chicken tenders and steamed veggies. Hubs will use it on ribs.
SO, this is my inside burger version that my son loves: thin patties seared on the inside griddle, lightly dusted with Lawry's on both sides with melted cheddar cheese served on buns toasted in a little bit of the patty fat that gets left on the griddle. I often try to grill onions on the griddle as the patties are cooking.
If I had a choice, some time for traffic and extra money, I would go out to Pearland to Killen's Burgers. They use a cheddar but I also love their onion rings.
Instead of fries tonight, I'm going to make some breaded portabella "fries."
I served my husband a double meat cheeseburger.
As I was writing this, a discussion in our local neighborhood FB page was going on about where to get a good burger in our neck of the woods.