Beef hamburgers with goat cheese and caramelized onions
Beef hamburgers with goat cheese and caramelized onions

The queen of fast food and fast dinners is undoubtedly the hamburger. When we think of it, we probably think of the so-called "junk food" and the pile of calories that will eventually harm our health. However, making burgers at home and choosing quality meat and ingredients can turn a potentially harmful product into a healthy food.

How to prepare beef burgers with goat cheese and caramelized onions:

En esta versión, utilizaremos carne de buey y una receta exprés de la cebolla caramelizada que se elabora con ayuda del microondas. Además, potenciaremos los sabores con el queso de cabra y te enseñaremos a preparar un pan de hamburguesa totalmente casero.

Ingredients for hamburger meat:

  • 600 g of minced beef meat
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Oil

Ingredients for the hamburger bun:

  • 270 g of strong flour
  • 8 g fresh baker's yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 10 g sugar
  • 3 g salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 100 ml water
  • 40 ml milk
  • 30 g butter
  • Sesame seeds

Accompaniment:

  • 150 g goat cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of Modena vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Arugula or lettuce

Preparation of the hamburger: 

  • Mix the meat with the salt and parsley until a ball is formed.
  • Divide it into 4 portions, roll them into balls, and flatten them to the desired thickness.
  • Heat a frying pan with a bit of oil over high heat, and when it is very hot, add the hamburgers. Let them brown slightly on one side before turning them over. If you prefer them well cooked on the inside, lower the heat.
  • Open the hamburger buns and place a base of arugula.
  • Next, place the hamburger, which should be very hot, and put the goat cheese slices and caramelized onion on top.

Prepare the caramelized onion:

  • Cut the onion into thin slices and place it in a microwave-safe container with a lid.
  • Add the sugar, oil, and Modena vinegar. Mix everything well, cover the container, leaving one corner slightly open, and microwave for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the container, stir the contents, and put it back in the microwave for another 3 minutes.

Bread preparation:

  • Mix the flour with the salt in a bowl and make a well in the center. Dilute the yeast in warm water and pour it into the well in the flour. Add the warm milk, sugar, butter, and part of the egg. The rest is reserved for painting the bread.
  • Mix all the ingredients, and when all the flour is incorporated, knead with your hands until the mixture does not stick to your fingers.
  • Coat your hands with olive oil and soak the dough; make a ball and let it rest in the bowl, covered with a cloth, until it doubles in volume.
  • Knead briefly to remove the air and divide the dough into 4 portions. Then form a ball with each piece and flatten it slightly.
  • Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and place the dough balls on top, separating them from each other. Let them rest covered with the cloth for another half hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 °C for about 10 minutes.
  • Brush the surface of the bread with the reserved beaten egg and sprinkle the seeds on top.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 180 °C, introduce the bread, and bake them for about 15 minutes until you see they are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.

Properties of beef

Beef is red meat, characterized by its intense flavor, red color, and marbled fat. It is one of the highest in protein and provides essential nutrients for the body, such as iron, selenium, zinc, and B vitamins. It also contains the coenzyme Q10, which is necessary for the cells, especially the heart.

Overall, beef combats fatigue and anxiety, promotes tissue regeneration (hair, nails, skin), and strengthens the cardiovascular, immune, and nervous systems.

Properties of goat cheese 

One difference between goat and cow cheese is that the former contains less lactose and casein, making it easier to digest. But it is also higher in calories and has a high percentage of saturated fats, so excessive consumption can raise cholesterol and damage the heart.

On the other hand, goat cheese is rich in vitamin A (essential for good eye health and strengthening defenses) and phosphorus (a mineral involved in regulating fats and carbohydrates that enhance memory and concentration).

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