Burgers | Basics with Babish

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    For this week's episode of Basics with Babish, I'm covering how to make a (not smashed) burger and fries.
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    Ingredients & Grocery List:
    Russet potatoes
    Peanut oil (or preferred frying oil)
    Beef: short rib, brisket, and sirloin
    Burger accoutrements: tomato, iceberg lettuce, red onion
    Burger buns (plus butter to toast them in)
    Vegetable oil
    Salt and pepper
    American cheese (or your preferred cheese)
    Special Sauce ingredients:
    Garlic powder
    Onion powder
    Paprika (regular or smoked)
    Sweet relish
    Special Equipment:
    Vegetable peeler
    Meat grinder (I use the Kitchen Aid attachment)
    Deep fryer (or vessel suited for frying)
    Cast iron skillet
    Instant-read thermometer
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    1. Florian H. Wave

      Why not grill the onions?

    2. chris smith

      The reason steaks are ok to be cooked rare, is because the bacteria and other harmful substances are on the beef’s surface (unlike chicken and pork, which can have issues within the meat). Since the surface of the steak is cooked over 150 degrees, all harmful substances are killed off. So, whether or not you grind your beef at home or pick it up at a store does not matter. You are still mixing the surface meat into the rest of the ground beef. This means that all that bacteria, among other things, is living safely inside of the patty that you just cooked rare.

    3. Lost Aquarian

      Don't throw out the peelings :toss em in oil, season to taste and bake em

    4. SR Sorrow

      Thanks to you I can make amazing burgers now!

    5. I am Lion Man

      I cook my patties in butter. Once done, I toast my buns in the buttery / meaty residue. If done right they toast, don’t go soggy and taste sublime.

    6. I am Lion Man

      I like my tomatoes nowhere near any burger I am eating.

    7. F R I C K

      Wait... Babish is NOT your real name?!!!

    8. frozenbacon

      That burger to bun ratio is absurd. Might as well just eat a steak with a salad at that point.

    9. Expunge6667

      Well done is the best.

    10. Kirby Star

      wait babish isnt his name...

    11. AssassinLupus7

      I'd rather have almost any other lettuce on my burger than iceberg. Pretty much for the exact reason you said. Its basically just crunchy water.

    12. maaiqs

      Dude i don't eat raw meat! 🤣

      1. Oravbro

        That was not raw

    13. nick king

      Lettuce doesn't belong on a burger

      1. Oravbro

        Yes it does

    14. Pierina Sofía Acuña Ponce de León

      Fancy Krabby Patties

    15. Diesel Johnson

      Damn this Baboush is serious he is grinding his own meat huh

    16. Jonathan Roldan

      Sorry I'm not eating anything less then mell done 🤮

      1. Oravbro

        You're disgusting

    17. Andrew Moulton

      Nobody: Babish: "Why I season my condiments instead of my burger"

    18. Josh Lincecum

      Is American cheese really the best, though? It has so little flavor. About the only redeeming quality of it is the way it melts. Use sliced muenster instead. You get the flavor of a cheddar cheese and the melty quality of American cheese.

    19. Doc Purps

      Mayo is disgusting as fuck. Also American cheese is rubber cheese an the worst cheese for anything . Lastly medium is the minimum acceptable doneness and anything between it and well done are recommended

    20. Roasted Bbq

      "Grind your own meat at home"

    21. Alteru Alteru

      the "taste one so it's not poison" line is something somebody would say to me just to try my food before I dig in lol

      1. Alex Edwards

        BLT FireBurst or very hungry cousins lol but trust my siblings had more sinister ways of taking my grub 😂

      2. BLT FireBurst

        growing up having siblings means you’d have heard this before

    22. A Random Rock

      I salted my meat before I made the patty. My house blew up.

    23. Stonemansteve II

      NO PICKLE?!!! Poppycock!!

    24. Armitige Shanks

      Easier to par-cook the *CHIPS* by putting them into a pot of water and bringing the water to just before boiling before straining the chips and letting them cool at room temperature. This gives you the exact same effect of making the *CHIPS* light and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. No need to twice fry them. Also, use a floury potato like a sabego or pontiac potato.

    25. Beunibster

      Gordon Ramsey said the opposite about salting patties. Who am I to trust!?

      1. Beunibster

        @Timix In the latest season of MasterChef, in episode 4, they made burgers for a pool party and Gordon lambasted the lady for not seasoning the beef before forming patties.

      2. Timix

        Babish meant not to season the patty before it is formed. If you watch the tutorial from Gordon he isn't doing it either

    26. Ryan Lauderdale

      Andrew, what do you think of Muenster cheese for a burger? It has the melting properties of American cheese, but it's not processed.

    27. Jo Garcia

      What’s your ratio for the 3 proteins? And is this supposed to be 80/20

    28. rockinrenoMC

      Why would you not season the mixture before making the patty. It makes no sense

      1. Timix

        It gives the meat a really bad texture and it doesn't right

    29. Jamie Davis

      Medium well min. cause I'm not a gambler. If you want risky go eat a medium chicken wing.

      1. Rona

        Jamie Davis big difference between home ground beef and store bought... there’s something called science in these things

    30. Si_Vis_Pacem Para_Bellum

      Making burger at home is the best thing ever. Hate my fire alarm tho 🙄 ughhhh, it's a rent house, I have to tape the lil bugger before cooking

    31. Aaron Davey

      Special sauce = fancy fry sauce.

    32. TPS Platinum

      That ain't my special sauce. I hate mayo on my burger

      1. Juulton ow

        Special sauce taste nothing like mayo

    33. Smoothie

      How what’s your preferred degree of done-ness for the burger?

    34. TotallyNotARobot

      That's the prettiest tomato I've ever seen

    35. The Entity

      4:04 we don’t need no education

    36. Comrade Dimitri Petrenko Spetsnaz

      Chuck Norris uses pepper spray to season his meat

      1. Oravbro

        @Comrade Dimitri Petrenko Spetsnaz its 2019, grow the fuck up

      2. Comrade Dimitri Petrenko Spetsnaz

        @Oravbro that is an understatement and redundant your argument is invalid

      3. Oravbro

        @Comrade Dimitri Petrenko Spetsnaz yes they do

      4. Comrade Dimitri Petrenko Spetsnaz

        @Oscar Redfearn stop being so redundant they never get old

      5. Oscar Redfearn

        Chuck Norris jokes are old

    37. Charlie Gonzales

      I love you man

    38. Joey Clemenza

      it figures this is one of his most viral videos... my god!!! my mouth is watering uncontrollably.

    39. Sonny

      Putting the letzuce underneath the hot meat? Have you met chris morocco yet?

    40. SM - 10KJ - Lorne Park SS (2252)

      That's not his last name? What is?

    41. rudeboymon

      Wow just wow👍

    42. Goblin Slaya

      holy shit so much salt

    43. Scarybear 70

      Sexiest chef EVER!! 😍

    44. Hans Grueber

      Refined peanut oil is not an allergen, however cold pressed or extruded peanut oil is...

    45. NZAnimeManga

      Why do you always use kosher salt?

    46. Gameware

      H a m b u r g e r

    47. Music Menace101

      I’m such a good person, I make sure everyone’s food isn’t poisoned.

    48. pollumG

      Was never really into burgers, went to the US(Cali) and now I FUCKING LOVE BURGERS!!!

    49. Anthony Jones

      Ok so, I love making burgers, i add all sorts of random flavours in my meat and like to form different thickness' when it comes to the patties. I also made the mistake of adding salt in my patty mixture, after seeing this I thought "pfft salting after you make the patties instead of before does nothing"... Oh how wrong i was....how horribly....horribly...wrong

    50. fanny p rops

      *exhale* BELGIAN FRIES!!! Damn it, the Frenches can't even cook a fry properly.

    51. Adam Jankowski

      I like my meat rare too but burgs should be thin and well done

      1. Scott Kemp


    52. M and M Phil

      There not fry’s there chips

    53. Thomas P

      Please show how to make burger bun!!!

    54. faox

      Anyone else just put cheese and lettuce on their burger and like, nothing else?

      1. Bruno Perez


    55. Tyler Anderson

      Looks like garbage

    56. Imam Rafi

      I subscribed

    57. Casey Masters

      Why would I not salt the burger mix and only the patty after formed?

      1. Casey Masters

        Keegan Pitts thanks! I’ve always added it before so I was curious!!

      2. Keegan Pitts

        Because the salt draws out the moisture in the meat. You want to salt the patty just before you put it on the skillet so it will draw out the juices while you're cooking it, giving you a good and juicy burger. If you salt the mix itself before forming them into a patty, by the time you get it to the skillet the moister will be drawn out and it's gonna leave you with a dry burger.

    58. Andreas Hafjall

      We buy special sauce... it's called Remoulade

    59. CodeName_Mhoo

      Am I weird that I like my burger well done not medium rare

      1. mikeesteele

        Not at all. Your probably just not going to die via shitting out of your ass until you bleed to death, after getting a nasty strain of E.coli.

    60. SGT. RAILGUN

      When i make burgars i use seasoned slat onion powder and pepper

    61. Edward Silha

      Sauce is a myth.... 😶

    62. randy cok

      I'm so surprised you didn't mention tallow for a deep fry oil. Beef Tallow is what McDonalds used to make their fries taste so exceptional.

    63. goldrush225 goldrush225

      Hey you there you watching the video and saying I’ll make it eventually and never do STOP get some help

    64. mateo1726

      Smashburger basic!

    65. /Pol/Gamer

      That's a PUBG pan

    66. Baby Inuyasha

      What does Babish actually mean?

      1. Brainhorn

        It's a character called Oliver Babish from a TV show

    67. Zzyxzz

      Why shouldnt you salt the meat before forming?

      1. Brainhorn

        It messed up the texture and makes it more like meatloaf than burgers

    68. Amberscion

      Basics with Babish "You need a meat grinder" Basics. "You need a meat grinder" BASICS "You need a meat grinder" How many basic kitchens have a meat grinder?

      1. Amberscion

        @Brainhorn I've watched a pile of these videos and never once got the impression you're claiming is the point of the series. If it is, then it either needs to be communicated far better, which it seems that bird has flown due to the timeline involved, or you're just wrong. Many of the vids I've watched have covered really simple things, things which would be a complete waste of time for anyone who is already a good cook but who wants to learn to be a chef. So again, either you are wrong or the series is really mis-marketed.

      2. Brainhorn

        @Amberscion You do know the point of this series right? It's the basics of being/becoming a chef. It's not meant for teaching an average joe how to cook dinner one night.

      3. Amberscion

        @Brainhorn Nope. It breaks the definition just by its existence. Anyone who buys three different cuts of meat and grinds them together to make their own ground beef instead of buying a flat of 85/15 at the grocery store for their hamburgers _by definition_ does not have a basic kitchen.

      4. Brainhorn

        They're cheap and attach to mixers, so I'd say plenty do

    69. Amberscion

      Basics with Babish "You need a meat grinder" Basics. "You need a meat grinder" BASICS "You need a meat grinder" How many basic kitchens have a meat grinder?

    70. Legendoniego

      Personal tip: mix your diced up lettuce with your special sauce. This way your lettuce doesn't fall out of your burger as easily while doing the same for your sauce.