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The Godfather Burger

The Godfather Burger patty recipe is juicy, perfect for the grill or grill pan, and works with every topping combination we’ve ever tried! Ten years in the making, this is The Godfather’s first official post on Goodie Godmother (far from his first recipe), and our favorite beef burger patty! 

The Godfather Burger - A beef patty recipe 10 years in the making, this is the Godfather's secret to making juicy flavorful burgers perfect for the grill. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Who doesn’t enjoy a good grilled beef burger?  Okay…vegans wouldn’t want the beef patty, but that’s besides the point (vegetarians can try my amazing mushroom burger recipe here).  I started grilling my own burgers soon after college, right when I started having some income of my own and decided it wasn’t worth dropping $10-15 at a pub when I can craft my own burgers and pick the sides and drink pairings.  If I wanted to, I could have my burgers in my pajamas while watching the evening college football games because I’m an adult and I can make my own decisions…

The Godfather Burger - A beef patty recipe 10 years in the making, this is the Godfather's secret to making juicy flavorful burgers perfect for the grill. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

My burgers were not blog-worthy at first, but we didn’t have a blog…there was some trial and error involved.  I learned some valuable lessons, such as not picking the leanest ground beef for making patties…unless you like watching patties crumble through the grill.  The ground beef shouldn’t be too fatty, either…then you’d watch them shrink too much when you grill them.  I also found out that flipping your burger patties too soon or too late will result in having either unintended ground beef or a charred hockey puck.

Other lessons were the result of happy accidents.  One day, we were out of eggs and ground cracker meal to add to the ground beef as a binder, and I had to find alternatives around the kitchen.  It turns out the alternatives were better than my original ingredients…I found out that panko breading and mayonnaise are a fantastic binder for ground beef!  The combination of both held the ground beef together while keeping the burger juicy.The Godfather Burger - A beef patty recipe 10 years in the making, this is the Godfather's secret to making juicy flavorful burgers perfect for the grill. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

I really like my charcoal grill, and prefer it for making The Godfather Burger. Folks who have gas or electric grills can still make a great backyard burger though. You may also prepare the burgers on griddles or cast iron pans…which is perfect if you’d like diner style burgers or are attempting to re-create burgers from your favorite fast-food restaurant.  Just don’t expect grill marks on those patties.

This recipe took almost ten years to perfect, and I hope enjoy it as much as we do.  You can top this burger however you like, add your favorite bun, and pair it with your favorite side and drink. For these photos, we topped the burgers with cheddar cheese, bacon, candied jalapenos, and crispy smoked paprika onion straws.

The Godfather Burger - A beef patty recipe 10 years in the making, this is the Godfather's secret to making juicy flavorful burgers perfect for the grill. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

The Godfather Burger
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 
Servings: 4 patties
Author: Goodie Godmother
Ingredients
  • 1 lb 85/15 ground beef
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, place the ground beef and add the kosher salt, garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, and panko crumbs. Mix the ingredients by hand to ensure a uniform consistency.
  2. Add the mayonnaise, and continue to mix the ingredients by hand to keep a uniform consistency.
  3. Set up your grill while your ground beef mixture comes to room temperature. Grill temperature should be between 250 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Partition the ground beef mixture into four equal parts.
  5. For each part, shape the patty using the palm of your hand as a guide. Ideally, each patty should be about as wide as your palm, or wide enough that the bottom half of the burger bun can still support it.. Ensure the thickness for each patty is about level, with no major bumps or depressions.
  6. Add a dimple to the center of each burger patty. This helps keep the patties at a uniform thickness as they're grilled.
  7. Place the burgers on the grill, but off the center of the coals. If you have a gas grill, they should be off the center of the burners.
  8. Grill for five minutes, or when the patties can be lifted off with your spatula without resistance. As you flip, make sure the side that was furthest from the center of the heat source is now the closest.
  9. If desired, add your favorite cheese to the patties. Continue to grill for three additional minutes, or when the patties can be lifted off the grill with your spatula without resistance.
  10. Remove the patties and serve on your favorite bun, with your favorite toppings, side, and drink.

 

The Godfather Burger - A beef patty recipe 10 years in the making, this is the Godfather's secret to making juicy flavorful burgers perfect for the grill. * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

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11 Comments

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    Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love.
    May 18, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I totally should have requested these last weekend! Yum!

  • Reply
    Brian Jones
    May 13, 2016 at 4:31 am

    What a genius idea to use mayo as a binding agent, lets face it it is eggs, oil mustard, salt, pepper and a bit of lemon juice or vinegar… All of which sound great on a burger to me!

  • Reply
    Whitney
    May 11, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Yay! So happy to see you’ve joined us in the blogging world! I hope to see more posts from Le Godfather! This is interesting, though. I’ve never added binders to my beef burgers, although adding mayo intrigues me!

  • Reply
    sara
    May 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Go godfather! You now have the blogging bug. Welcome to a great group of food bloggers. This looks DELICIOUS!!

  • Reply
    Audra
    May 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Definitely gonna have to try this one. All we need is a post from Princess A and it really will be a family affair!

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      May 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      I’m sure that’s coming in a few years! She loves to share the kitchen with me, and I love that cooking is something we enjoy as a family.

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    Byron Thomas
    May 10, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Mary, you need to hang on to him, because he can make a damn fine burger! Looks great. Yum! And those onions are on my list now.

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      May 16, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      I think I’m keeping him for a bit. 😉 The onions are super good… I was editing the photos and almost got up to make some. But we were out of onions. And it was 10 at night…

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