July 1, 2010

Burgers with Chive-Parsley Butter {Webisode #30}

What’s Going on Today: Daughter’s first day of camp! July Fourth decoration preparation underway…
Naptime Goals: Prepare Burgers for tonight’s grilling lesson.
Tonight’s Menu: Burgers with Chive Parsley Butter, Caesar Salad, Roasted Red Potatoes with Herbed Salt.
Parenting Lesson of the Day: Rain helps us start over with a clean slate.

I love burgers in the summer and am always up for trying new recipes. Of course, one of my favorites is still Uncle Will’s Burger recipe, which will always be an onion-topped classic. When I was flipping through June’s Bon Appetit the other day I read a great article about a technique utilizing Meyer lemon butter in a burger. I loved it’s promises of moister meat and added flavor. I couldn’t wait to give technique a try and set straight to work.

Of course, unlike my friend Liz, I do not have Meyer lemons growing in my backyard. However, I do have regular access to fresh herbs. So, instead of using lemon butter I decided to make Chive-Parsley butter to give the meat a fresh herbaceous flavor. My neighborhood gourmet shop has a great butcher who grinds grass-fed meat and forms hamburger patties. I bought four of those to start with and made the butter at home. Preparing the butter and burgers during naptime was a snap. Then I was able to leave them covered in the fridge until dinner time. As you’ll see, unfortunately, my grilling dreams were thwarted by the rain, but I still managed to cook them on my stovetop grill pan.

The butter technique worked beautifully. The burgers were tender, juicy and more flavorful thanks to the green herbs. I also toasted the buns on the stovetop and gave them an extra swipe of Chive-Parsley butter for greater depth of flavor. Paired with a salad and potatoes they made for a tasty summer meal. I guess there is also next week for my grilling outdoors!

Recipe

Hamburgers with Chive-Parsley Butter

Ingredients

4 6oz. hamburger patties
5 T. good quality unsalted butter
1 T. chives, finely chopped
1 T. parsley, finely chopped
4 Hamburger buns

Instructions

1. In a food processor or mini-chopper, add the butter, chives and parsley. Pulse until well combined and slightly softened.
2. Take each hamburger patty and make a well in the center. Form a ½″ ball of herb butter with your hands and press it into the well. Gently fold over the outer edges of the burger to cover the butter completely and seal it in. Repeat with remaining 3 patties. *At this point uncooked burgers will last, tightly wrapped, in the fridge for up to 6 hours.
3. Set your grill or grill pan at medium heat. Place the hamburger patties on top and cook, turning occasionally, to desired doneness. While the burgers are cooking, place the buns either on the grill or in the toaster. After they have toasted swipe them with a thin layer of remaining herb butter and set aside.
4. Plate burgers on toasted buns and serve hot.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

Go ahead and play with different herbs when making the butter. Strong flavors like basil or oregano would work well, too.

Naptime Stopwatch

Making the herb butter takes 10 minutes. Pressing it into the hamburger patties takes about 5 minutes. If you like to form your own hamburger patties add on an additional 5 minutes.

Naptime Reviews

We are a family of burger fans and the littlest one is forming her habit, too.

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  • FoodontheTable

    This looks delicious! I can't wait to try this. Say hi to Eddy!

  • FoodontheTable

    This looks delicious! I can't wait to try this. Say hi to Eddy!

  • Sophia

    Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Juiciest Burger Contest! It looks delicious!

  • Sophia

    Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Juiciest Burger Contest! It looks delicious!

  • Kristi

    I made these burgers tonight with ground turkey. Because turkey is much drier, I always try to go for anything that will moisten them up. This chive butter did it! My middle child is by far the pickiest at dinner time and he exclaimed “This is the best thing I have ever eaten, it is my third favorite dinner!” Ha! Thanks, Kelsey, for sharing this and I look forward to rave reviews from my kiddo in the future!

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad to hear this Kristi and especially glad to hear about the review from your middle child!! :)

    • Anonymous

      I am so glad to hear this Kristi and especially glad to hear about the review from your middle child!! :)

  • Hazar Aly

    I love the name of your site! I’ve recently started trying to make a healthy, delicious meal every day and I usually have to utilize naptime.

    Made some burgers with the chive-parsley butter and it was really good! Thank you so much for the video. I love seeing recipes in real-time. :)

    I also blogged about it!
    http://muslimahh101.blogspot.com/2011/06/juicy-beef-hamburgers-with-parsley.html

    • Anonymous

      Hi Autumn, thanks for your nice comment and great post. I am glad you enjoy the site, your site is great!

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    Beautiful site and you have so many great recipes!