What is the difference between a paltry patty and an epic cannaburger? Well, a lot actually. Making a great burger is not easy. Take one look at fast food and you know that there is a pretty big margin for error. If you are going to put your herb into a burger, you don’t want it to be like lipstick on a pig. THC deserves to be fully enjoyed, and a burger you wouldn’t enjoy without won’t make a gourmet meal with ganja. Here are 10 ways to make the best canna-burger of your life.
1. Start off simple
Too many people think that you have to add extras to meat in order to make a patty that holds together. The truth is, all those added breadcrumbs and eggs ruin a good burger, nothing else is needed. Seasoning is the same. Never be afraid to dust away with salt and pepper, it brings out the flavor of the beef. But leave those complex rubs for your barbecue, they only mask the natural flavor. Keep it simple, and your patty will be better than most restaurants.
2. Make it mean, not lean
The key to quality burger meat is the juiciness, and that means fat. The reason many people feel the need to add stickiness to their meat is because they buy it too lean in the first place. You’re already eating a burger, don’t back peddle now. Even veggie burgers are fried. Stay away from the ground beef in a tube. Go to the butcher and as for some quality chuck, with a little extra fat mixed in. A dry burger is a bad burger.
3. Step away from the oil
This isn’t a Greek salad. Put the oil down. All you need to cook a high-quality hamburger is a good pan and a spatula. That being said, if you add oil to keep meat from sticking, maybe you need a new frying pan. Get your pan up to a high heat before putting the meat on, and flip regularly to keep it from sticking or burning.
4. Grill it, don’t kill it
We all have our personal preference. but many say the best burgers are medium-rare . This isn’t beef jerky. You want it to be moist and delicious. The best way to do this is by flipping frequently. Sear in the juices, but don’t let it get too firm. You want a semi-firm burger with some “squish” left in the middle. Check it with a thermometer if you need practice, but as long as it is at 160°F inside, it is safely cooked.
5. Buns are bread, not bricks
Even a great burger can suffer when the bun is hard and goes down like a brick. The bun isn’t just a meat holder, it is a medium for soaking up the juices of the meat and cheese, it needs to be light and airy. Forget the pre-packaged sesame buns on the shelf and head over to the bakery.
6. Toasty treat
With a soft, airy bun you don’t want your burger to disintegrate in your hands. The key to great eating experience is a relatively clean one. Toast your buns. It will stand up to the juice better, and keep you from eating a pile of meat off your plate. Using lettuce to insulate the bottom bun only leaves a juice puddle somewhere in there that will most likely end up on your shirt.
7. Going veg? Do it right
If you love veggie burgers, then do it right. Mushroom burgers aren’t worth the time t be called burgers. Tofu can absorb any flavor and has a delicious texture when fried up. Bean or tofu-based burgers are the best.
8. Time for some TLC with THC
Now that you have the basics for a great burger, it is time to put the “canna” in that cannaburger! What’s great is you can add THC in so many different ways. You can start by blending it into your meat, like gorgeous canna chef Water Melon does in this video. You can even put it directly in the buns, by baking your own with Cannaflour.
Veggie burger lovers rejoice because we have the perfect recipe for a smokin’ veggie burger.
9. Time for the toppings
It doesn’t matter what kind of topping you love on your cannaburger, there is a cannabis recipe to cover your needs. With these tricks in your apron, you can make some of the most amazing burgers ever! Try out some of these topping ideas and see.
- Are you a mayo lover? The give that mayo a marijuana makeover.
- BBQ burgers? The check out this bomb-ass BHO barbecue sauce.
- Going guacamole? Then try either of these amazing mixes here and here.
- Want to upgrade that lousy American slice to some southwest queso cheese to spice up the flavor? Why not?
- Coleslaw burgers are making a comeback too! Try in with BBQ sauce.
10. Watch your weed serving size
With so many amazing ways to add the herb to your cannaburger, you might just be tempted to load up. Edibles have a different, and far stronger and longer lasting effect than smoking or vaping. If you aren’t used to edibles, tread lightly until you know your ideal dosage. You could cross the line between the best burger you can remember to the most embarrassing emergency room visit of your life.
That being said, I would love to chow down on an Ultimate Marijuana Monster Burger made with cannabis every step of the way! To have my meat, toasted buns, mayo, cheese, BBQ sauce, cheese, bacon, and guacamole all loaded with flavor and THC? Now that would sound worthy of investigating… Cannabis challenge, anyone?
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His other positions include Co-founder and product design for Cool Vapes and Creative Director for Ergrow Systems.
He is also Founder / President / Creative Director for The Official Cannabis Book of World Records.
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