Homemade burger recipes tickle the buds

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Let your taste buds be the judges of your next gustatory masterpiece, a homemade burger topped with cheddar.
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A homemade taste in burger recipes is easy to achieve

Gourmets and grandmothers alike contend that a true appreciation of homemade burger recipes largely originates with the sound of burgers sizzling on the grill and the sight of trays full of delicious toppings—crisp lettuce, ripe red tomatoes, cheese and other tasty delights.

Nevertheless, equal tribute goes to the approximately 10,000 taste buds found in the human mouth. It is these humble buds that truly enable the savoring of this gustatory wonder.

The taste is in the buds

Taste buds are amazing little receptors. Clusters of taste buds—located mostly in four different parts of the mouth—are responsible for detecting sweet, salty, bitter and sour tastes. Homemade burger recipes that appeal to any or all of the four tastes are sure to be hits when sampled by any big-time burger biter. A flavorful boost can be attained by adding some finely chopped, smoked pulled pork or smoked ham.

• Sweet: add a dollop of honey mustard
• Salty: a basic ingredient is iodized or sea salt
• Bitter: add a splash of bottled hot sauce
• Sour: incorporate a dash of lime juice or lemon

Burger lovers must be grateful that rabbits have little love for burgers, for rabbits have about 17,000 taste buds in their carrot-chomping little mouths. Cows have up to 35,000. Monkeys boast some 25,000 but it is humans that seem to put their natural resources to best use by engaging other senses—taste, touch, sight, smell and hearing—in the appreciation of homemade burger recipes, especially when the burgers are topped with tangy, aged cheddar cheese.

Go beyond the basics

Basic homemade burger recipes usually include traditional ingredients: ground beef, chopped onions, salt and pepper. The beef is offered in packaging that notes fat content. Lean beef is more expensive. But less-lean varieties are easily drained after cooking so excess liquefied fat can be removed. Try mixing in some broken-up bits of crispy country cured bacon for extra flavor.

Homemade Burger Recipe

• One-half pound of ground beef per person
• White, red or Spanish onion finely shaved
• 1 tsp. salt per pound; try sea salt for extra minerals
• 1 tsp. per pound white pepper or black pepper
• Optional: Dash of cayenne pepper, dash of hot pepper seeds or a dash of barbecue sauce. Exotic versions may be created by substituting half the ground beef with a spicy substitution of wonderfully aromatic ground smoked ham.

Homemade burger recipes offer a multitude of tasty exceptions to the all-beef product so enjoyed by today’s burger lovers. Try ground lamb, ground turkey or meatloaf mix—a triple play of beef, pork and veal. Any choice is enhanced with a topping of onion wheels, tomato slices and strips of hand-cured bacon or cheddar cheese.

Know what you are eating

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a wealth of nutrition information through its Agricultural Research Service (ARS). It notes there that ground beef contains between five and 30 percent fat. Homemade burger recipes are vehicles for ingesting both fats and some rich nutrients—minerals, B-vitamins, vitamins A, E and K and lots of protein.

Be a master of deceit

Any family’s basic homemade burger recipes can be fortified with things that might be rejected as food choices if served alone to the youngsters and the teenagers around the dinner table.

Telltale visual indicators of proclaimed-offensive mashed veggies—their colors—can be muted by dousing them with a splash of soy sauce before incorporating them into the burger mix. There are many vegetables, grains and even fruits from which to choose. Each imparts to homemade burger recipes its own pleasant but non-intrusive flavor and lots of added nutrients.

• Cooked kale finely chopped in blender
• Cooked spinach mashed to a pulp
• Wheat germ and cooked rice
• Boiled carrots mashed and blended
• Brown rice mashed fine
• Fruit pulp strained from orange juice
• Apple sauce blotted on a paper towel

Plan ahead for nutrition

The child who won’t drink orange juice if it has pulp in it and the teenager who prefers to be caught dead rather than eat vegetables will love these fortified burgers. Strain their orange juice and keep a stash of pulp in the freezer. Keep a freezer container for their untouched veggies, too.

They’ll never know what hit them—in the stomach—when they try your special homemade burger recipes. And you will smile as you calm their protests by handing them another burger and saying, “That’s all right, dear. There are lots of ways to make sure you are healthy. I’ll think of a few.”

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