Burgers and all the Homemade Fixings!

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When I get an idea in my head, there’s really no stopping me. I’m stubborn that way! So for whatever reason, I recently had this idea to do burgers one weekend night with the roommate… but in typical Kati fashion, I wanted to make just about everything myself.  And so, I made homemade pickles, ketchup, potato salad, and brioche buns… all from scratch!! Look at me go!

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Burgers and all the Homemade Fixings!

Also, coincidentally I went to my first New York Mets Game recently — nothing beats hot dogs and hamburgers with crinkly fries at a ball park! I’m in such an All-American carnivorous mood lately.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Mets Game

First up, homemade pickles (I made these a week before our burger night so they had time to marinate/sit)! I chose to make two types (again, I can’t do anything half-assed) – bread and butter pickles pretty for atop a burger and dill pickle spears. Pickling also seems like a good culinary skill to master… I’ll be able to pickle anything soon enough. I’m a big fan of pickled garnishes – it seems like all the rage these days!

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Pickles

Funny enough, finding cucumbers for pickling was actually a tad difficult. My recipes called for “pickling cucumbers” and “Kirby pickles” – none of which I could find. Maybe it’s not pickle season? All in all, I knew I was looking for smaller pickles than your average “salad” cucumber. I finally found Persian cucumbers which seemed perfect. (Of course, the Middle Eastern/international theme continues in my life!).

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Pickles

Fun fact: I vehemently dislike cucumbers, but love pickles!

The bread and butter pickles were a bit sweeter – more sugar added to the vinegar mixture. But they were both great! And I finally got to use my small mason jars I’ve had for months!

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Pickles

 

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Pickles

*Warning – making homemade pickles will cause your whole apartment to smell like vinegar…

Next up, homemade ketchup. The process was a bit labor intensive — you stew your tomatoes with onions and spices then blend and strain, but I felt very accomplished. My ketchup was a little sweet and smoky – definitely homemade and not Heinz but still awesome! Definitely a good different! It paired so well with the burgers too!

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Ketchup

I stumbled across this German potato salad recipe from Saveur (I had never even thought of making homemade potato salad… seemed like a perfect addition to homemade burger night!). It’s so simple and a lot tastier than those gross store bought mayo based potato salads. I’ve had a lot of those types of potato salads in my life and after this exposure, there’s no turning back now! It’s lighter and the bacon adds such a nice saltiness. Warm or cold… it’s great.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Potato Salad

Now, I think the pièce de résistance of this meal has got to be the buns… This was my second time making bread – again, much easier than I expected. The dough was super sticky, which worried me, but the buns turned out great. I should play around with shaping and forming them prior to baking (they were a bit big), but still perfect for burgers. I used Smitten Kitchen’s recipe and could not recommend it more! I think the secret to these buns was baking them in an oven with a shallow pan of water sitting on the oven floor. Perfection!

Brioche Burger Buns

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Homemade Brioche Buns

Our burgers were also great – a little chopped onion, salt and pepper and a little cumin.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Burgers and all the Homemade Fixings!

Add an awesome array of toppings and you got yourself a damn good burger night!

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Burgers and all the Homemade Fixings!

I was actually very impressed with myself – everything tasted so good!

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Burgers and all the Homemade Fixings!

The meal got rave reviews from my roommate too! We eat some damn good meals at my house! Now, if only our table had some chairs, I would invite some people over LOL!

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Burgers and all the Homemade Fixings!

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