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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 1
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 491.1
  • Total Fat: 18.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 43.1 mg
  • Sodium: 728.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 56.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.1 g
  • Protein: 20.8 g

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Carlos' style home made burger

Submitted by: NAJN_ARTE

Introduction

Get Carlos or one of your children to read Drizzt for you while you fix dinner, or better off, ask him to create the most amazing burger ever. Just don't tell him it's healthy because he won't make burgers anymore, and you'll have to make them yourself!

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The tools are important to achieve the best results.

First, you need a child, friend, or partner.

Second, get a good tool to make a thin patty. We use a tortilla press with two sheets cut off a silicon baking mat that fit in the press, but alternatively, you can use any other tool that lets you flatten the beef patty as thin as you can but without it breaking.

Before I got the silicon baking mat that I cut to the size to fit the tortilla press, I used two sandwich-size Ziploc bags as they fit in the tortilla press. My mom used two pieces cut out a plastic bag. As you see, it's good to be resourceful.

If a tortilla press is not available, use your hands as a press.

Third, get an iron skillet or use your barbecue grill. We've tried different pans, but the best results are achieved with the iron skillet or the barbecue, and these items are easier to clean than non-stick pans (!). Besides, my son feels more manly using an iron skillet, and I feel more trendy.

Third, get a cooking mat or board large enough to handle a good bunch of lettuce and a sharp large knife.

Fourth, make sure the environment is nice and inviting.

Now, let's get our child cooking, or let your child get you cooking.
Get Carlos or one of your children to read Drizzt for you while you fix dinner, or better off, ask him to create the most amazing burger ever. Just don't tell him it's healthy because he won't make burgers anymore, and you'll have to make them yourself!

*****

The tools are important to achieve the best results.

First, you need a child, friend, or partner.

Second, get a good tool to make a thin patty. We use a tortilla press with two sheets cut off a silicon baking mat that fit in the press, but alternatively, you can use any other tool that lets you flatten the beef patty as thin as you can but without it breaking.

Before I got the silicon baking mat that I cut to the size to fit the tortilla press, I used two sandwich-size Ziploc bags as they fit in the tortilla press. My mom used two pieces cut out a plastic bag. As you see, it's good to be resourceful.

If a tortilla press is not available, use your hands as a press.

Third, get an iron skillet or use your barbecue grill. We've tried different pans, but the best results are achieved with the iron skillet or the barbecue, and these items are easier to clean than non-stick pans (!). Besides, my son feels more manly using an iron skillet, and I feel more trendy.

Third, get a cooking mat or board large enough to handle a good bunch of lettuce and a sharp large knife.

Fourth, make sure the environment is nice and inviting.

Now, let's get our child cooking, or let your child get you cooking.

Number of Servings: 1

Ingredients

    For the patty:
    1 tennis-ball sized chunk of fresh extra-lean ground beef
    1 pinch of dried onion flakes
    1 pinch of dried garlic powder
    1 pinch of freshly ground black pepper.
    Salt, if you want, but we normally don't add any. That's how delicious this burger turns out.

    To assemble the burger:
    1 large bun with sesame seeds on the top. (Don't worry about the size. ; ) Make sure it's at room temperature.
    1 little bit less than you normally use of light mayo
    1 little bit less than you normally use of ketchup
    Mustard
    1 or more thin fresh-tomato slices
    1 or more thin raw onion slices
    .5 cups of lettuce, AT LEAST, or a couple of large leaves.

Directions

It makes 1 delicious and nutritious burger.


1. Make sure the lettuce, onion, tomato, and hands of all the participants are washed.

2. Get all your ingredients ready and handy
.
3. Shred the lettuce if you want a huge burger, or just keep the leaves in one piece for a flatter burger.

5. Slice the tomato and the onion real thin

6. Put the iron skillet on the heat or light the barbecue and set it at medium-high heat.

7. Get your child to put the baseball-ball-sized chunk of ground beef in the center of one of the mats or Ziploc bags and cover it with the other mat or Ziploc bag.

8. Press using the tortilla press or use your hands to obtain a patty as thin as possible without it breaking. (You can trade places with your child if desired.) More or less, the minimum patty thickness that works is 1/4" or 3 mm.

9. Lift the top mat or Ziploc bag with one hand, and flip the patty on the palm of your other hand. Keep the fingers together for a better result.

10. Lift the other mat or Ziploc bag. If the bag or mat comes out without breaking the patty, you guys did a good job. If not, just try again.

11. Sprinkle onion flakes, dried garlic powder, and add some salt if you still think you can't live without salt.

12. Drop the beef patty carefully on the skillet or barbecue with the condiments side down. If it doesn't break, you did a good job. If it breaks, just put it together using a spatula, not your hands, without taking it off the skillet or grill.

13. Add condiments to the top of the patty.

14. When the top of the patty is almost cooked, flip the burger.
(While this happens, you can be making another patty).

15. After a two or three minutes depending on your stove or barbecue, the patty is cooked. Transfer it to a plate.

16. Now, spread mayo on the bun.

17. Place the cooked burger patty on the bottom part of the bun.

18. Cover the surface of the patty with thin tomato slices.

19. Add onion slices to taste.

20 . Top it with at least .5 cups of shredded lettuce or two leaves of lettuce.

21. Add mustard and mayo.

Open wide and enjoy!

Number of Servings: 1

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user NAJN_ARTE.






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