Burger, or hamburger, is a grilled patty which has become a very popular fast food and an absolute staple for Americans. Easy to prepare, burgers have become extremely popular worldwide and McDonald's or Burger King’s contribution for their popularity is immense. From common garnishes to exotic flavors modern day burgers are influenced by various cultures or cuisines. Apart from beef, condiments used in a burger include cheese, tomato, mustard, mayonnaise, onion, etc.
The origin of burger is not very clear, but many people believe that a food item that looked similar to the burger arrived in America in the 19th century. Many people also opine that hamburger patty was first made during the medieval times. It’s also believed that a dish called Hamburg style beef was brought from Russia to Hamburg in Germany during the 14th century. Later this dish was brought to America by the German immigrants. Modern day hamburger thus has a long history and America played a vital role in its introduction as a delicious fast food.
Popular Ingredients Used in Preparation
Both non-vegetarian and vegetarian burgers use ingredients that have proteins, vitamins, fibers, oil, etc. Main ingredients include meat, soy products, oats, nuts, beans, rice, and various vegetables such as mushrooms, onions, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli and squash.
Popular Methods of Preparation
Stuffing burger patties with various ingredients as per taste is the most important factor. Stuffing can include cheese, bacon, onions, and mushrooms, if one plans to make some burgers at home. There are various popular recipes and methods for making burgers. An easy method is discussed below:
First, two very thin patties should be made and then the stuffing should be placed on one and then topped with another patty. Ground meat as per one’s liking should be used and then it should be grilled adequately to prepare the perfect burgers. Ingredients one would need are ground meat, spatula, cheese, mushroom or anything else to stuff the burgers. To bind the ingredients, egg can be used, but it is not a necessity.
Types of Burgers
Modern day burgers use various ingredients as alternatives to ground beef. Thus a variety of burgers have evolved such as turkey burger, chicken burger, buffalo burger and ostrich burger. Apart from meat, burgers can also be made by using fish or seafood along with beef or lamb. Even veggie burger, garden burger, or tofu burger are popular alternatives for vegetarians.
Health and Nutrition Facts Related to Burger Recipes
Burgers are high in fat and calories, but they are considered healthy as they possess protein, iron, and some vitamins. Burgers can also be very nutritious if turkey or chicken or fish is used instead of red meat which contains lot of saturated fats.
Famous Burger Recipes
Burger is a very famous fast food and so are its recipes. Popular burger recipes across the world include:
• Aloha Burger- A classic variety from Hawaii, this grilled beef burger patty refreshingly flavored with pineapple, is easy to prepare. A sauce prepared by mixing pineapple juice with teriyaki sauce is spooned over beer burger patties which are grilled. Sliced halves of buns are buttered and the burgers are placed inside as filling. Grilled pineapple chunks and bacon are served along with the Aloha burger.
• Cheese-Stuffed Burgers- the recipe for these being one of the most popular burger recipes owing to the compelling flavor of cheddar cheese stuffing; the dish is prepared by mixing ground beef with a seasoning of mustard, onion, ketchup, salt and pepper, making thin patties of the mix; putting grated cheddar cheese generously between the patties, and grilling the entire ensemble. Lettuce and tomato garnish maybe used and the patties may be served with burger buns.
• Basil Burgers-Pleasantly fragrant with the herb seasoning these burgers are a favorite of many. Prepared by mixing ground beef with a garlic seasoning with basil as the main feature, the basil burger patty is unconventionally formulated but delicious. Grilled and topped with cheese (if desired), it is served with or without burger buns.
• Pizza Burgers, Southwestern Burgers, Zesty Turkey Burgers, and Mexican-Inspired Turkey Burgers.