Do you love Steak burgers? Well, actually, who doesn’t like to have a big, juicy, tender steak burger, right? You can easily buy or order them from restaurants, but what about making them at your home? Here in this article, we’ll see how to make a steak burger recipe.
The taste of a steak burger may vary according to the beef. It’s pretty challenging to say what constitutes a steak burger because you can blend different cuts of beef, such as short ribs, sirloin, and chuck, to customize the flavor and fat content in the burger. So, make sure you use high-quality beef (sirloin). It will have the most steak-y, beefy flavor. When you grind your own beef, it enhances the flavor of your burger, and it is easy too.
Why Steak Burger?
A beef burger (hamburger) consists of ground beef or various meats from a cow. Even though steak comes from the same animal, you get a better grade of meat with a steak patty.
Steak is usually ground with a grinder or chopped using a food processor to form a patty. The patty will come from a specific steak cut. A ground steak burger is more expensive than a hamburger because you’re getting an actual cut of steak in patty form rather than the leftovers you get in a beef patty.
The grade of meat helps to keep a steak patty super juicy and flavorful if you cook it correctly. Most steak patties are leaner with a lower fat content than beef patties, and they will dry out quickly if you don’t cook them properly.
Why Grind the Beef?
Grinding the meat by yourself will help to achieve the best texture for your burger. So, consider buying whole sirloin steaks and grinding them at your home. You can even do it with a food processor if you don’t have a meat grinder.
For better taste and texture, don’t pack the patties too tightly, and don’t handle them any more than necessary when shaping your freshly ground meat. That’ll only make the burgers tough.
So, to make the best, beefiest-tasting steak burger, start with a flavorful cut of meat (sirloin), try to make sure it’s freshly ground, shape it gingerly, and cook it to medium-rare (about 140-degree Fahrenheit) to keep it juicy.
Here are a few tips if you are grinding your own steak for burger patties:
- Wash your hands before and after touching the steak. Clean and sanitize your grinder as soon as possible after using it.
- Only grind the meat when it’s cold to prevent it from turning mushy in the grinder. It also ensures that your meat stays at a safe temperature and doesn’t get too warm.
- Also, keep your grinder cold to help the meat stay cold as it grinds.
- Cube your steak first and break it into small, 1-inch chunks to help it move through the grinder.
- If using two types of steaks, add them to the grinder to ensure an even mix.
- When shaping the ground meat into patties, try not to overpack them. Keep them a little loose, allowing the natural juices to move through the steak for better flavor and texture.
How to Make Steak Burger?
It would be best if you use Sirloin as it tastes beefier because it’s leaner. This means it’s less juicy, making your steak burger dry. You can apply a little butter in the skillet or brush the steak with butter to create a crisp, brown crust on the patty. And while cooking, don’t press or flatten your patty with a spatula. That’s just forcing juices out, which definitely is not conducive to a juicy burger.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes
- 3 pounds ground sirloin, ideally freshly ground
- 2 pieces of white sandwich bread, cut into ¼-inch pieces (remove the crusts)
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 2½ teaspoons salt
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 3 scallions, very finely sliced (optional)
- 8 hamburger buns
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 8 freshly baked hamburger buns
- Lettuce or cabbage as needed
- 1 to 2 ripe firm tomatoes (deseeded)
- 1 onion (optional)
For Sauce or dressing:
- ¼ cup mayonnaise or curd/Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon extra olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ to ¾ teaspoons mustard powder
- ¼ teaspoons pepper powder
- Salt if you’re using Greek yogurt
Preparation of patty:
- In a large bowl, gently combine mash 2 pieces of white sandwich bread (cut into small pieces) and 1/3 cup milk with a fork until it forms a chunky paste.
- Then add 2 or ½ teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 3 minced garlic cloves, 1 or ½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, and 2 tablespoons of ketchup, and onion powder. Mix them well.
- Now add 3 pounds of ground sirloin and 3 finely sliced scallions (optional). Handle the mixture gently and sparingly as possible (over-mixing can make the burger tough).
- Mix everything to combine the mixture.
- Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions. Shape each into a ball, then flatten the balls into discs, about 4 inches in diameter. Make the patty thinner in the center to prevent the burgers from forming a domed shape on the grill.
- Heat the barbecue to medium-hot and lightly brush one side of each burger with oil.
- Place the patty/burger, oil-side down, on the barbecue. Grill the patties for 2 to 3 minutes on one side until they become brownish. Don’t move them around, or they may stick. Oil the other side, then flip the patty using tongs for cooking the other side for a few minutes. Don’t press down on the meat, as that will squeeze out the juices.
- Or, you can heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and swirl the pan to coat the bottom.
- Cook the patties to your desired doneness. Try to cook it to medium-rare doneness (internal temperature of 140°F), about 3 minutes per side as sirloin lean.
- Serve the patties on toasted hamburger buns with your favorite burger toppings.
Making Steak Burger:
- Take the hamburger buns or any other buns and slice them in half. Place the cut-side on the barbecue rack and toast for 1 min until they are lightly charred.
- Spread some ketchup on the toasted buns. Place the patties, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and sauce, and place the other slice of bun. The steak burger is ready. Enjoy!
Some Best Ways to make Steak Burgers
Actually, there are a few ways to cook steak burgers to bring out their best flavors. Remember to season your patties as needed first, and then try these methods to cook them:
- Grill: If you want your steak burgers smokier, grilling is a safe way to cook them as they don’t have a lot of fat content. Place your burgers on the high-heat part of your grill for two to three minutes for each side. Then, move them to the low-heat part of the grill for an additional two to six minutes to reach your desired level of doneness.
- Oven: Cook your patties on a non-stick baking sheet in a preheated 375-degree oven. Cook between 4 to 6 minutes on each side, depending on your desired level of doneness. Or, you can toast your burgers in a pan on the stove before putting them in the oven.
- Panfry: It’s usually best to use a cast iron skillet or pan if you’re cooking your patties on the stove. Brush your patties with a small amount of oil or butter and allow to cook over medium-high heat for about three minutes on each side, or a bit more for extra doneness.
Burgers made from steak can take on a variety of flavors and are typically leaner than hamburger patties. So, not only they are tastier, but they’re healthier also. Follow the above recipe to make a big, juicy, tender steak burger.