All American cheeseburger with oven fries
Buying locally raised and sourced meats from Moody Meats is certainly more expensive than buying their generic, mass-produced cousins at a local grocery or big-box store.
Given the state of the economy and the budgets that are ever-present in households these days, it begs the question: Is it worth it?
To find out, we purchased 1 1/4 pounds of fresh ground beef from Moody's and put it through the test kitchen paces for a basic, All-American cheeseburger on Labor Day.
Never one for bland burgers, but clearly wanting the flavor of the meat to shine, we made simple burgers, adding only a few basic seasonings and an egg to keep it all together on the grill.
The results? Four juicy, tender, well-formed yet not-at-all dense patties that nicely filled out a sesame bun with an assortment of condiments. These burgers were so tasty that we would have eaten them plain...
So, is it worth it? In a word: Yes.
Check out Moody Meats to see about running your own test in the kitchen.
All American Cheeseburgers
1 1/4 lbs Moody Meat's ground beef
1 T. Worchestershire sauce
1 tsp. dijon or whole grain mustard (no yellow stuff, please!)
Freshly cracked pepper
1 egg, beaten
4 sesame buns
4 slices sharp cheddar
Homemade dill pickles
Sliced herirloom tomatoes
Mix first six ingredients together by hand and form into four patties. Allow to rest while grill preheats.
Grill over high heat to desired doneness, or about 4-5 minutes per side.
If desired, briefly warm the buns on the grill before assembling burger.