Anything Burgers

Discussion in 'UK Smokers' started by markuk, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. markuk

    markuk Smoking Fanatic

    Anyone tried these from Aldi ??

    Had a very nice Burger in a Beefeater the other day and they were using similar buns which were really tasty - these are 99p for 4 ..
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2014
  2. osprey2

    osprey2 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I'll have a look at those Mark
  3. markuk

    markuk Smoking Fanatic

    Food never comes out well with a 'phone flash but they make a nice looking Burger.....

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  4. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look to be just the job [​IMG]
  5. Hello Mark.  I heard about them on the food network.  Been wanting to give them a try but couldn't find any.  Just seems to me that the slight sweetness of the brioche would work well with the flavours of a burger.  Looks like a trip to Aldi is in order.  Thanks for the tip.  Keep Smokin!

  6. smokewood

    smokewood Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    You can't beat a nice home made burger, I will have a look out for those the next time I am in Aldi, I usually just use the sesame seeded buns.  Slight off topic, but their cheap mince makes excellent burgers.  

    Mark is it OK to use this thread for all things burgers, or should we use a separate thread???  [​IMG]
  7. markuk

    markuk Smoking Fanatic

    Have changed forum post to "Anything Burgers"
  8. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Unfortunately I have eaten in too many places where the menu boasts home made burgers - only to be served with a dried up patty that tastes as if the beef had been left to rot rather than just age!

    I agree though a good home made burger is hard to beat [​IMG]  
  9. smokewood

    smokewood Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    I bought this book because it looked interesting.  There are plenty of unusual burger recipe's if you are looking for something a bit different, but in the end I just use salt & pepper and dried onions.  

  10. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    5 guys burgers opened a new restaurant in Cambridge. I haven't tried it yet but I plan too. The ones I've eaten at in the states are epic. Fresh beef burgers and their fries are done in peanut oil.
  11. markuk

    markuk Smoking Fanatic

    Must admit I'm still using up some nice supermarket ones left from our 'do' in the summer - the're actually very good and I got them on an 8 for £ 3 deal when they were normally £ 2.50 for 4 !!!

    I used to make a nice one with chese INSIDE the patty which was a good variation - must do that again ...

    Made imitation Big Mcs too - golf ball size of meat for each - which were fun :)
  12. Hello Mike.  5 Guys must be from up north or they started after I moved here.  I haven't heard of the chain.  I want/will try a mix of different cuts to make a burger.  Throw in some minced brisket, maybe meat from the rib area.  Or maybe even some pork belly meat or minced smoked bacon.  Designer burgerso to speak is my idea.  Most folks would not think so BUT a burger is a very personal thing.  Meat: rare, well done, medium?  Tomato? Lettuce? Onion slice?  Gherkin?  Mayo?  Mustard?  Ketchup? "Special sauce"?  Cheese?  Bacon?  Shrooms?  Type of bun?  Bun toasted?  I want to try the brioche buns but I usually just have my burger on sliced white.

    The Missus and I just had a discussion about burger places because of this thread.  I am always surprised at the popularity of chain burger places.  Maybe that IS the popularity of these places, the meat may not be the greatest thing on earth but you get your burger the way you want it.  Don't get me wrong, when back in Texas I ALWAYS have at LEAST 1 burger from my favourite chain; and it doesn't start with Mc.  BUT! speaking of that chain here is the BRILLIANCE I think most folks miss.  THEY TARGET THE KIDS!  The kids keep whinging about going there so the parents give in and go.  So little 4-5 year old Billy Bob grows up eating at that chain.  Now Billy Bob is 30 years old with kids of his own.  Where does he take his kids???  To his favourite burger chain!  They have now hooked GENERATIONS!  Not many businesses out there can claim they have LIFETIME customers.  In my opinion the burgers are cr** and I don't eat there but the marketing strategy is a stroke of genius!  They have turned their fast food burgers into "comfort food" for generations.  Just my opinion.  Keep Smokin!

  13. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    I'd call 5 guys a nearly gourmet burger joint. They do burger hot dogs and fries and that is about it. All kinds of toppings to choose from and always fresh meat, never frozen. That is their selling point. I think they started on the east coast and have expanded west in the states. I know there is one in London and now Cambridge.

    I've had two amazing burgers that beats theirs. One was at a place called crave real burger in Colorado (Google their menu, it's worth the food porn) and a Kobe beef burger in las Vegas at Mandalay bay.
  14. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Just thought this needed to be here. Your best burger is your own burger.
  15. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Ok, I am done now. Hungry yet?
  16. markuk

    markuk Smoking Fanatic

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    They look goooooooodddddddd

    Best burger I ever had was in Dyers in Memphis - was pretty simple but the difference was it was deep fried in 70 year old grease - yes really - such flavour  - Google them for story 
  17. markuk

    markuk Smoking Fanatic

    Perhaps a few posters could reveal their burger secrets ????

    Mine was the one with cheese in the centre......  
  18. smokewood

    smokewood Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    MMMMM mm, that looks pretty tasty if I do say so myself.

    Danny you are spot on with their customer base, and their marketing, mind you I bet their budget is big enough.  They have also moved with the times, by keeping their burgers and shakes but also introducing "healthier options" on their menu.

    Does anyone use a burger binder to stop their burgers falling apart?  I know you can use egg to bind it together, but I don't think it tastes the same.  I manged to scrounge some binder from Morrisons butchery counter a while back and it is fantastic, you only need a half a teaspoon in a 800 g mix.  Sadly I have only got a bit left so I will have to go back to Morrisons again and try to scrounge some more, or at least find out where I can buy it from.
  19. Hello Mark.  I don't think there are "burger" secrets.  For ME  the whole trick is the meat.  Of course cooked properly.  Burgers stand or die on the taste of the meat in my opinion.  The cheese you use etc. is all subjective, just a matter of choice.  It's the meat patty.  AND  I'll go back and say again it's the fat content in that patty, and even the cuts of meat used to make that patty.  Just grab that patty off the grill and take a bite.  If it doesn't float your boat and make you want to do a little dance then the burger will just be mediocre.  Just my opinion.  Keep Smokin!

  20. mike w

    mike w Smoking Fanatic

    I tried Chuck roast first, which held together well without a binder, but the patty was dense. I talked to a buddy of mine who is a chef and he recommended beef short rib meat. That worked best for us. The meat was full of flavor and the fat distribution was good so the meat was juicy. As far as tricks, grind your own meat with a coarse plate, then sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder through the meat, then grind again through the large diameter holes. Gently form the patties about 3/4 inch thick and 4 inches across while the meat is cold. Don't squish it. Leave a shallow impression in the center with your thumbs. Then set them in your fridge uncovered for at least an hour before grilling. When I grill mine I do it at 500 degrees and flip every three to four minutes. I want crust on mine same with my steaks. (Mailliard reaction if I spelled it right) I cook to internal temperature of 160F and then I rest them for 15-20 minutes minimum.

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