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You Know You Want Hemingway’s Hamburger Recipe

Yesterday, issues of race. Today, hamburgers.

That’s 101 Books for you, friends. You never know what might pop up on this blog.

The image below is Ernest Hemingway’s hamburger recipe, via the BBC and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Is it any surprise that Papa liked his burgers pink and juicy in the middle?

papahemingwayburger

I love the sheer amount of ingredients in this burger. India relish? Mei Yen powder? Wine…in a burger? I’ve cooked with wine many times, but it’s never occurred to me to put it in a burger. And in the intro paragraph, the recipe even suggests chopped almonds. What?

You’ve got to believe Papa Hemingway had a granite stomach with all those ingredients mixed together.

And this recipe is absolutely right about the cooking temperature. When you use a frying pan, you want that oil hot, but not smoking. Same with a grill–get that sucker hot before you put the burgers on. The best burgers are crispy on the outside and juicy in the middle.

Now I’m hungry and really want to try this recipe out. Who’s with me?

Via BBC News

Image: Yummy Food

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14 Comments Post a comment
  1. Brandon #

    If you host the cookout, I’ll bring the beer.

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    February 19, 2014
  2. Let us know how it turns out. =)

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    February 19, 2014
  3. Stitchersflock #

    First thing I see this morning logging in & drool followed … not fair! 🙂

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    February 19, 2014
  4. Susan #

    For such a thorough recipe he forgot the most important rule of burger cooking – when they are on the heat, do NOT press them down! That just squeezes all of the goodness right out of them and they taste like cardboard.

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    February 19, 2014
  5. This is great Robert – we creative types can just turn our hand to anything don’t you think? 🙂

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    February 19, 2014
  6. The first thing I see when I click on my reader is this, right before I am about to make my oatmeal. Not fair man.

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    February 19, 2014
  7. Oh, that sure sounds good! Very interesting to see that all written out. Certainly a lot of ingredients… but I’d be up for trying it!

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    February 19, 2014
  8. I add quite a few ingredients to my burgers, as well. But this sounds like meat loaf on a bun, especially the addition of an egg. What I find most interesting is the cooking method, with specific instructions for the heat and timing. I’ve been told that one should never cook on high for fear of destroying the pan. Perhaps if you use cast iron, this method will work. Or maybe it doesn’t mean “hi” in the cookbook sense, just hot enough for searing? And I supposed this really works best when using gas, a heat that can be adjusted at a moment’s notice. I’m hungry…

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    February 19, 2014
    • I think really high heat will destroy a non-stick pan, but a restaurant grade pan would be fine.

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      February 20, 2014
  9. I want that hamburger right now…YUM!

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    February 19, 2014
  10. Another reason to call Hemingway the Maestro.

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    February 19, 2014
  11. This is what Hemingway is all about. Trying everything. Getting as much out of life as he can. Variety being the spice of life. This is great.

    I’m going to try and emulate that burger with the same ingredients – google says everything is still there except the mei yen powder but that can be reproduced (9 parts salt, 9 parts sugar, 2 parts MSG).

    What I don’t know is; did he have a bun? I’ll try it with and without.

    But, hell, I’m with you dude.

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    February 22, 2014
  12. Reblogged this on irayuumin15 and commented:
    hemingways burger recipe wow this is interesting

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    March 23, 2014

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