Juicy Steakhouse Burgers

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I worked in a fine dining steakhouse for six years, so I’m very picky when it comes to my burgers. If they’re not tender, juicy and flavorful, they’re just not worth it. Problem is, it’s difficult to replicate steakhouse burgers at home because most steakhouses use closely-guarded recipes and custom ground beef mixes, both of which are hard to find. After many trials, I discovered the solution to making great steakhouse burgers at home is to use readily available 85% lean ground beef, a panade — a mixture of bread and milk that keeps meat tender and juicy even when cooked to medium-well — and lots of seasoning, such as garlic, scallions, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.

Begin by making the panade and flavoring. Simply mash the bread and milk together with a fork until it forms a chunky paste, then stir in the garlic, salt, pepper, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Next, add the ground beef and scallions and break the meat up with your hands. Gently mix everything together until just combined. Try not to overmix or your burgers may be tough.



Divide the mixture into 10 equal portions and shape into loose balls. Gently flatten each ball into a 3/4-inch-thick patty that’s about 4-1/2 inches around. (Keeping the burgers thick ensures a nice char on the outside without overcooking the inside.) To prevent the burgers from forming a domed shape on the grill, create a slight depression in the center of each patty.

Grill the burgers 2-4 minutes on the first side until nicely browned. Flip and cook on the second side a few minutes more, until desired doneness is reached.

Enjoy!

Juicy Steakhouse Burgers

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Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces white sandwich bread, crusts removed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup low fat milk
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 3 scallions, finely sliced (optional)
  • Non-flammable cooking spray to grease grill
  • 10 hamburger buns

Instructions

  1. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bread and milk together with a fork until it forms a chunky paste. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup and mix well.
  3. Add the ground beef and scallions and break the meat up with your hands. Gently mix everything together until just combined. Do not overmix. Divide the mixture into ten equal portions and form loose balls. Gently flatten the balls into 3/4-inch patties about 4-1/2 inches around. Form a slight depression in the center of each patty to prevent the burgers from puffing up on the grill.
  4. Grease the grill with non-flammable cooking spray. Grill the burgers, covered, until nicely browned on the first side, 2-4 minutes. Flip burgers and continue cooking for a few minutes more until desired doneness is reached. Before serving, toast the buns on the cooler side of the grill if desired.
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  • Yummy!

  • GrillMaster

    Yes please! This is almost exactly how I make my burgers save the ketchup. I’ll add it next time – i’m sure it is wonderful!

  • These look so good and juicy. My hubby and I made burgers last summer with minced garlic and scallions and LOVED them. I will have to try them this way next time :)

  • Kristen

    I have loved everything I’ve made from your blog and just made these for dinner (without the scallions) too. They were a huge hit with my family…thanks for another great meal!

  • Linda

    These look fabulous Jenn; I will definitely try this method. Thank you

  • Emily

    made tonight….really, really tasty! My kids loved it and they can be particular.

    • Jenn

      So glad, Emily! My kids love these burgers too :)

  • Hi Jenn,
    What amazing pictures you have here. I won’t dare to stay near your kitchen in my diet days :p
    Perhaps you should also submit your food photos to
    http://www.foodporn.net

    I bet it’d be a hit!

  • Burgers were great. Nice basic recipe that can be modified with extras like mushrooms etc. etc.

  • Sarah

    We have been cooking on the grill more often these are great!

  • Thank you so much! I especially like that you were specific about the depression in the center of the burger. I’ve seen many burgers come off the grill looking more like burger balls because someone didn’t “patty” correctly. :)

  • Cynthia

    Of course it’s raining as I write this, but the past few days would have been perfect for grilling! Burgers are one of our summer staples – we’ll have to incorporate this for sure.

  • alicia

    Made these for my grandaughter’s 1st birthday party – 20 people – everyone loved them! very flavorful and not dry like some burgers can get.

  • Cathy

    Simply the Best!

  • Carrie Hirshfield

    These were the best burgers ever! They are better than any restaurant. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Lynn

    I made these yesterday for our Father’s Day cookout (along with your delicious corn salad) and they were SO tasty and juicy. I ran out because everyone wanted seconds!

  • Linda S

    These had a really good flavor, will make again.

  • Leslea

    These were delicious! Will use this recipe from now on. Your photos are fabulous! ;o)

  • KL

    Can you make these on a grill pan or George Foreman grill? I live in an Apt so I don’t have a grill.

    • Jenn

      Yes!

  • Leah

    Delish! Hubbies confirms best tasting bugers I’ve made to date. I halved the recipe, and I need to work on the moisture content, because they were really crumbly. I will DEFINITELY make these again!

  • bryan broyles

    Lose the bread and milk. That’s just a filler to bulk up the base, it does NOT add flavor the way the other ingredients do.

    • Jenn

      Hi Bryan, You are right that the bread and milk don’t add flavor but they do keep the burgers tender and juicy.

  • H

    What is that delicious cheese in the first picture of yours?

    Thank you for the fast response, Jenn!

    • Jenn

      It’s muenster :)

  • Jim

    These are absolutely the very best Burgers we have ever eaten. Flavourful,Juicy & Tender.
    Truly a Burgr to die for.

    My Mom couldn’t have made any better, God Rest Her Soul.

  • dmitry

    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    cheers!

  • born2cook

    This is really the most tasty, juicy burger I ever made!! These are soooo great!!! Love this recipe!! Many, many thanks from Holland!

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