Homemade BBQ Burger

Sometime 6 years ago, hubby and I got to watch Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle movie.  Within the same year, I saw this cooking show (I forgot the title) which featured how White Castle burgers are cooked. According to the show, the burger patties have holes in them and are cooked on top of the onions that are spread on the pan. Fine, sounds easy enough. I made my own “white castle” burgers.

But they tasted… well, uhm… like.. phew.. Crap. Epic. Failure. 

And last night was redemption time, baby! Trust me, my juicy burgers will give White Castle a run for their money 🙂

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 large onion chopped finely
  • 1 medium green bell pepper chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder (I used McCormick)
  • 1/2 cup Clara Ole Hickory Barbecue marinade mix (or A1-Steak Sauce)
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder (I used McCormick)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 kilo (about 2lbs) ground beef

In a bowl, mix everything except the beef. Mix well. Add the ground beef and incorporate the meat and mixture with a spatula. I prefer to be dirty so I used my hands to mix them all up for at least a minute just to make sure they’re mixed well. Make 8 balls using and chill (not freeze) for a couple of hours.

Meantime, prepare your bbq marinade.

  • 6 tbsp. soy sauce (I used Kikkoman)
  • 1/8 cup Jack Daniel
  • 1/8 cup Clara Ole Hickory Barbecue sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. chili powder (I used McCormick)
  • 2 tbsp. water

Mix everything together and simmer in a pan over low heat. You can store and reuse it for future burgers.

Take out your burger balls and shape into patties about 3/4 inch thick. Make a shallow depression at the center to keep the patty flat while cooking. Preheat your oven-top grill pan and grill the patties until your desired doneness. Baste both sides with the bbq marinade.

 Before taking out of the pan I placed a cheddar slice on top of each burger patty. Take out when the cheese is melting. I spread light mayonnaise at the bottom cheek of the bun and added tomato slices for the sandwich. I didn’t have lettuce and pickles 😦 I grabbed a bag of potato chips to serve along with it.

Eat away! 😉 Nom nom nom

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