1 lb ground lean beef
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 (1.2 oz) envelope brown gravy mix
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (8 oz) package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium-size sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
• In a mixing bowl, add the ground beef and the next four ingredients. You may add breadcrumbs to make the mixture stickier. Use your hands and blend them well. Shape them into 4 (4-inch) patties.Whisk together brown gravy and 1 1/2 cups of water.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook patties in hot oil. Take at least two minutes on each side or wait until browned. Once done, remove the patties from skillet. Drain excess oil.
• In the same skillet, add mushrooms and onions. Sauté for 6 minutes or wait until they become tender. Stir in prepared gravy. Bring to a light boil. Return patties to skillet. Spoon gravy over each patty. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 8- 10 minutes. Serve hot with mashed potatoes or with burger buns.
No one exactly knows the origin of the hamburger. Some think that the word began to exist around the time of the middle ages. Some think that it should be traced back to the invention of the mechanical grinder in the 1860’s.
Some of the earliest hamburger places surfaced around 1870’s. Soon, it has become associated with sandwiches and fast food.
Being an icon of food culture, hamburger has as more theories of its appearance as the planet earth. Its many claimants have baffled the world with their stories of creation. Still, no one can give a definite answer as to who should claim the rightful ownership or at least attribution for this fast food wonder.
Today, so many local and international investors make their wager in the world of entrepreneurship with the burger as their sole tool. Countless recipes have been kept secret by top companies while at the same time, thousands of people share their ‘ways’ with the burger across books and websites.
The oldest hamburger chain we have today is found in Wichita, Kansas. The place was called White Castle. For a nickel, you can enjoy 18 pounds of ground beef goodness. It was founded by Walter A. Anderson and E.W. Ingram in 1921.
Other companies have appeared since then. The Big Mac was introduced in 1968 for four cents. Since then, McDonald was not able to contain his happiness due to the presence of 25,000 McDonald’s in over 115 countries.
Burgers dominated the demand for ground beef in commercial restaurants in 2001 while accounting for the 40% sandwiches sold in the same year
At the moment, you will feel a growing competition among already-popular burger chains and the newcomers who are trying to bring something new on the table. It is not surprising that despite its long history, there are still so many ways the hamburgers can be represented.