How to Make a Great Hamburger


HamburgerAmericans love their burgers.  On average, they eat three a week.  But often burgers are mediocre, their mediocrity disguised under a cover of lettuce, tomato, and condiments. The burger should be the star of the show—tender, juicy and with great taste. How do you make great burgers?

In this e-book, we’ll tell you how.  You’ll find the techniques for great burgers, the do’s and don’ts.  You’ll find ten of our favorite toppings.  You’ll learn how to stuff burgers, how to season them better.  We’ll even tell you how to make your own hamburger buns—on the grill no less—and how to make French fries to go with your burgers.  We’ll even talk about food safety.

You’ll be making great burgers.

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Table of Contents

Burgers don’t have to be plain—check these ideas
Eleven Secrets for Great Burgers
International Stuffed Burgers
Ten Favorite Toppings to Make a Burger Special
How to Make a Chutney Burger
Country Pork and Asiago Cheeseburger
Swiss Mushroom Burgers with Sweet and Sour Onions
Burger Buns
Building Better Burgers
Making Great Hamburger (or Sandwich) Buns
Making Hamburger Buns on the Grill
Potato Chips & Fries
The Quest for the Perfect Potato Chips
The Sweet Potato Chip Effort
How to Make French Fries
The Prepared Pantry Oven Fries
Cheesy Oven Fries and Other Variations on the Potato
Diner Style Home Fries
Principles for Making Home Fries
Cooking Outdoors and Keeping Food Safe
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Swiss Mushroom Burgers with Sweet and Sour Onions

Sweet Sour HamburgerSwiss mushroom burgers are good.  Sweet and sour onions make them fantastic.

“I could binge on these burgers!”—Debbie

There is nothing difficult about these burgers.  Make burger patties, cook them over a grill or in a skillet, and top them with Swiss cheese for the last few minutes so that the cheese melts.  While the burgers are cooking, sauté sliced mushrooms.

Place the burgers on buns, top with sautéed mushrooms, and then with sweet and sour onions.  (Recipe follows.)

Sweet and Sour Onions


2 large onions cut into slices and then cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup apricot jam
2 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper


In a skillet, sauté the sliced onions in the butter until translucent.   Add the soy sauce, jam, sugar, vinegar, and water.  Add the garlic powder and ground ginger.  Simmer the mixture until the onions and the water have nearly evaporated and the onions are in a caramelized sauce.  Stir in the salt and pepper, adding more to taste.  Set aside.

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