Week 36 - "Gold Beach" Burgers
With the arrival of the end of summer, I wanted to cook something from the 2003 cookbook "Retro Beach Bash: A Sun Lover's Guide to Food and Fun" by Linda Everett. So, for week 36 I chose to make "Gold Beach" burgers. Unlike some of the other cookbooks in the "Retro" series, this book is not completely full of recipes. The first third of the book contains info and tips for a day at the beach. The book is also full of some great vintage illustrations and photos so is really fun to look through.
A hamburger recipe may not seem like much of a challenge, but I typically only like my hamburgers with cheese, ketchup and not much else. So this burger recipe was much different from anything I would ever make. In addition to ground beef, this recipe called for onion, bread crumbs, egg, teriyaki sauce and salt and pepper. The ingredients were added to a bowl and mixed together before making the patties.
To make the burgers, I first formed two thin patties and then piled grated cheese on top. I then made two more patties and laid those on top of the cheese and pinched the edges of the burger together.
I then just fried up the burgers like I would any other. The sugar content of the teriyaki sauce caramelized on the outside of the burgers and created a nice crust. I put the burgers on buns with lettuce and tomato, but since I didn't want to mask the flavor of the burger I decided not to add any additional condiments. I served it with homemade potato salad and some of the leftover baked beans I made a few weeks ago and had frozen.
The burgers were delicious. The teriyaki sauce added a nice flavor and the addition of the bread crumbs helped keep them very moist. I'm not sure that I would change anything about the burger mixture. I do think that a slice of pineapple on top would be a tasty edition, so may try that next time.
Cookbook: "Retro Beach Bash: A Sun Lover's Guide to Food and Fun" by Linda Everett, published 2003
Recipe: Gold Beach Burgers
Make Again: Yes, I may add pineapple to the top of the burger next time