Hike for Hamburgers

It was GORGOEOUS here on Saturday. I love winter, don’t get me wrong but this winter has just down right stunk in Missouri. I want this blizzard that everyone else is getting!  It has stayed so nice now I just want it to be summer so I can be outside and at the lake, whatever weather.

Danny I decided since it was so nice that we would take our dog, Samson, to Busiek State Forrest and get in some exercise, dog training and fresh air! We hiked about four miles, took a picnic lunch and really enjoyed our day! Samson LOVED it. We even took him off his leash and let him run next to us and he never ran off! Proud dog mom right here!

After all of that physical activity naturally we were starving, so we decided to destroy our day full of exercise with Freddy’s Burgers and thin fries, but homemade of course. I am not a huge burger fan. If we ever go out anywhere I usually order chicken but there is just something about a Freddy’s burger. Freddy’s is fairly new to Springfield. We grew up on Steak and Shake which is pretty similar. Regardless, it is a super thin burger covered in grease. The recipe actually instructs you to cook the burgers in a pan or on a griddle and NOT to drain the grease off. If you cook them on the grill outside all the grease drops off and you clearly don’t get the same taste.

Without further to do from Ree Drummond; Freddy’s Burgers and thin fries!

Freddy’s Burgers

Servings: 2

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of Ground Beef
  • Salt to taste (Danny requested Lawry’s)
  • American Cheese
  • Hamburger Bun (small)

Directions:

  1. Heat your griddle or pan over medium-high heat. Divide your beef and roll into balls (about ¼ of a cup of meat each).
  2. Two at a time, place the beef on the griddle. Then you have to smash the balls flat. You can do this before you put the balls on with your hands (that’s what I did) or if you have a heavy spatula that will work too. You have to get them as flat as you can and don’t burn yourself!
  3. Sprinkle them with salt.
  4. Cook for one to two minutes or until they are nice and brown and then flip and cook the other side.
  5. About 45 seconds after you have flipped them over add your cheese to one patty.
  6. Once the other patty is done place it on top of the patty with the cheese. Your meat will be so hot that it will melt the cheese itself. Give the cheese 15-20 seconds to melt, and then place the burger directly on the bun. I told you…grease please!
  7. Serve with any toppings of your choice!

Thin Fries

Servings: 6

Prep time: 3 hours

Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 whole Russet Potatoes, peeled
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt

 

Directions:

  1. Peel and rinse the potatoes then slice them into thin sticks. The thinner you can cut your potatoes the better!
  2. Place your fries in a bowl and cover them with cold water. Swish them around to get the extra starch off. Pour out the water and replace it with fresh. Do this one more time.
  3. Fill again with cold water and let them soak for 2-3 hours.
  4. When you are ready to make the fries drain off the water and lay them out on baking sheets lined with paper towels. You want to blot them dry as much as you can so the grease doesn’t splatter.
  5. Heat a few inches of oil in a heavy pot to 300 degrees.
  6. You will make 3 or 4 batches. Don’t put all the fries in at once. Use tongs to put your first batch of fries in. Let them cook for two minutes.
  7. Remove them from the oil onto a plate with a paper towel. Cook all of your batches.
  8. After all of your potatoes have gone through the first round it’s time for another! Up your heat so your oil reaches 400 degrees.
  9. Put your batches of fries in again until they turn a golden brown.
  10. Remove from oil and continue with next batch.
  11. Once they are done cover in salt and enjoy!

Freddy's

The final products! With sweet tea, of course!

Prep

Prep time. It’s so

Samson

My beautiful boxer baby! ❤

 

 

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