Last Friday was my birthday. I am officially 26 years young! This one in particular was special because all my friends made it out that night to celebrate with me. For me, there is no greater gift than friendship. If you read my Instagram post on Friday, you probably read that my favorite type of food is American food, particularly burgers and fries. I decided to make this meal to cap off a great birthday weekend. 🙂
I absolutely love making burgers. They’re pretty easy, and I like that you can pick and choose the ingredients you put in it. My burger patties have garlic powder, dried parsley, and fennel seeds. I also added an egg and a touch of soy sauce for a little more flavoring. To check if I added enough seasoning, I always cook a small portion of the burger mixture before I start making my burger patties.
To go with my burgers, I made some potato wedges. I first cut them into wedges and boiled them in salted water. I then finished them off in the oven with some olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika, so I can get that crispy skin on the outside. This is the part I sort of messed up. I overcooked the potatoes in the boiling water because I got sidetracked with the patties. Unfortunately, most of them were too mushy to go in the oven. 🙁 The ones that did make it to the oven were pretty good though!
I was talking to a few friends this week, and they were saying that they wished they could cook as well as I could. That got me thinking about how I approach writing this blog. My cooking experiences are far from perfect. I do still burn, overcook, and completely mess up dishes. My kitchen also looks like a hot mess every time I cook. I realized that sharing more of the challenges I face in the kitchen would make cooking seem less intimidating. Going forward, I will make an effort to be more transparent about this part of my food journey. I hope that this will help encourage all of you to want to cook more because cooking is just plain awesome. 🙂
- 2 pounds beef
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- red onion
Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl. Mix well with your hands.
Cook a small portion of the meat in a pan to test if there is enough seasoning. Add more salt if it tastes a little bland.
Once you are satisfied with your burger mixture, form the burger patties. Take a handful of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball out until it's about 1/4 of an inch thick. Repeat until you have used up all of the mixture.
Heat a nonstick pan to medium high heat. Add some oil. Place the patties in the pan. They should cook for about 2 minutes on each side, depending on how thick they are. Put the cheese on top when the patty is about 1 minutes from being done.
Place the patty on a bun and top with the desired toppings. I used red onion, avocado, lettuce, ketchup, and mustard.