Sally Sampson, in this article in The Washington Post, set out to make a point. She made it, sort of. She wanted to prove that she could prepare the equivalent of fast-food meals at home for less money and time than it takes to go out to a fast-food restaurant. The comparison is not entirely fair; she doesn't include the time it takes to shop for groceries or clean up the mess in the kitchen, but she does make food that is similar and costs less, tastes better and is healthier. She's feeding a crew of teenagers, so maybe they took care of the dishes.
. These were monster burgers; she was replicating Burger King's Double Whopper, but incorporated the meat into 1 patty. The ground beef from our freezer, part of the side of beef we bought about a month ago, is pretty high-fat, and it made wonderfully juicy burgers with just a hint of pink in the center. (I'm a cook-it-through girl for safety reasons, so we were living on the wild side last night.) I had to cook the burgers a total of 10 minutes, 4 on the first side and 6 on the other, to get a burger cooked medium.
Using about 1 pound of beef, I formed 3 burgers the same size as our buns (I used Sara Lee Classic Sesame Seed Bakery Buns). Seasoned on both sides with salt and pepper and made an indentation in the center of each. I heated my cast-iron skillet over medium heat until it was hot; the burgers sizzled when I set them in the pan. Cooked 4 minutes on the first side and 6 minutes on the second side. While they cooked I loaded up the buns: lettuce, tomato slices, red onion slices, ketchup and mayonnaise.
Tired of beef? Try one of these burgers: