May 182020
 
cooking steak with Liquid

How to make a classic cheeseburger

If you ask a restaurant for a rare beef burger, you will sometime end up with a raw deal. 😎 That’s why it’s better to just cook your own. Welcome to another edition of cooking with Liquid. 🙂 Today I’ll be making a juicy cheeseburger using 1/4 lb of minced beef, aged cheddar, crisp leafy lettuce, and fresh ripe tomato. It’s budget friendly as each burger costs just $2.50.

There are only 5 main ingredients with minimal prep work. And the entire cooking time is just 5 minutes. This classic cheeseburger recipe is simple, quick, and always hits the spot. 🙂 Let’s get started!

ingredients for a cheeseburger recipe

Ingredients:
– Regular ground beef
– Cheddar or American cheese slice
– Hamburger bun
– Lettuce leaves
– Sliced tomato

Equipment:
– Griddle, skillet, or non stick pan.
– Flat spatula

Directions:

  1. Shape roughly 1/2 cup of ground beef into a ball with your hands. It should be about 2.5 inches in diameter.
  2. Apply the smashed burger technique: Drop the beef ball into a hot pan on medium heat, and press it down with a spatula until the patty is slightly wider than the hamburger bun.
  3. Cook uncovered for 3 minutes. While waiting, sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper evenly on the meat.
  4. Flip the patty over with the spatula and season the other side as well. Top the patty with a slice of cheese and place the top and bottom buns face down into the pan to warm them up.
  5. Wait for the buns to toast & cheese to melt – about 2 minutes. Then assemble the burger any way you want.

Et voila! You can enjoy this delicious cheeseburger as is, or dress it up with your favourite condiments. For instance, I prefer to add some ketchup and mayo in mine. But pickles and onions would also be great choices. #burgerlicious.

The classic cheeseburger

 

Cost breakdown of 1 cheeseburger:
1/4 lb (4 oz or 114 grams) ground beef. = $1.40
Slice of cheese = $0.40
Hamburger bun = $0.40
Veggies and condiments = $0.30
Total cost = $2.50

 

A few recipe notes to keep in mind:

  • Minced meat will shrink upon cooking so try to make the beef ball a little larger to begin with.
  • The smashed burger technique works well for skillets and pans, but not on grills. If you plan to grill your burger patties, you can flatten the burger on a cutting board before transferring it to the grill.
  • You can substitute cheddar with other cheeses with low melting points such as swiss or mozzarella.
  • All costs in this post refer to prices in Vancouver, B.C. in $CAD.
  • A cheeseburger recipe is very customizable. Some people like to add bacon, mushroom, sliced jalapeno, BBQ sauce, or even a fried egg to theirs. So don’t be afraid to use different ingredients and make it your own. 🙂

 

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May 182017
 
cooking steak with Liquid

Welcome to this edition of cooking with Liquid. 😀 Today we’ll be making a simple yet delicious cheeseburger. As many of you may already know, McDonald’s recently started to sell its secret sauces in grocery stores across Canada. This is the first time ordinary consumers can recreate the iconic tastes of the famous restaurant at home without buying dozens of separate ingredients. So in today’s post let’s learn how to make the world renowned Big Mac sandwich! 🙂

Easy Big Mac Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Hamburger buns
  • Hamburger patties
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped onions
  • Sliced pickles
  • Sliced cheddar cheese
  • McDonald’s Big Mac sauce

 

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Cook 2 hamburger patties.
  2. Place some lettuce and a slice of cheese on a bottom bun and toast it in an oven until the cheese melts.
  3. Place 1 cooked patty on top of the cheese, followed by another bottom bun.
  4. Continue stacking with Big Mac sauce, lettuce, pickles, another patty, and finally the top bun.

Eh Voila! Within 15 minutes you have yourself a juicy cheeseburger, Big Mac style. 🙂

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Apr 212016
 
cooking steak with Liquid

If you have a beef with inflation, you’re not alone. It’s becoming frustratingly hard these days to shop for food on a budget. But there is no reason to get ourselves in a stew about it. Oh wait. Maybe there is. 😉 Welcome to another fun edition of cooking with Liquid!

One of the most delicious yet affordable meats to buy is beef made for stewing. It could come from the shank, blade roast, or a number of other cheap cuts for $14/kg or less at your local supermarket. Today we’ll be making a simple beef stew that will make 2 servings from roughly $3 worth of ingredients. Let’s get started. 🙂

 

Beef Stew Recipe for $3

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (150 grams) each of cubed beef, potatoes, and carrots
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup

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Cooking Instructions:

  1. Put all the ingredients together in a pot and mix well.
  2. Simmer on medium-low heat for 1 hour with the lid on, stirring once halfway through.

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May 012015
 
cooking steak with Liquid

The history of cheese is full of holes, but it’s interesting in its own whey. And a grate way to use cheese is of course on pizza. 🙂 Welcome to this edition of cooking with Liquid. 😀

DIY pizza is always fun, especially when you have guests over. So today I’d like to share how to create your own 12 inch pizza in about 15 minutes, for only $4. The secret is to buy a pizza kit that comes with a crust and tomato paste so we don’t have to make our own dough and sauce from scratch. 🙂 If you don’t know where to buy a pizza kit I’ll leave some details about that later in the post.

Easy Pizza Recipe 🍕 (serves 2 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pizza crust and tomato sauce package
  • cheese
  • mushrooms
  • pepperoni/sausage

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Cooking Instructions:

  1. Spread tomato sauce evenly on the pizza crust
  2. Slice toppings and place onto the pizza (you could also grate the cheese instead)
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 400°F.

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Eh Voila! It’s done. The medium size pizza is ready to eat. Just slice and serve. 🍕

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The best part is you can control the toppings and put anything you want on it. Have fun. 🙂

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Feb 122015
 
cooking steak with Liquid

In some parts of the world steaks are rare, but if you can find one well done! because today we will learn how to prepare a juicy steak for only $4. Welcome to another edition of cooking with Liquid. 🙂

For this recipe I’m using a 9.5 oz inside round steak which costs $3.57 from MarketPlace IGA, a local grocery chain. I find round cuts are good value for steaks at roughly $13/kg, and can be found in most supermarkets. I’m also using carrots and green beans because they are cheap and abundant across Canada and the U.S. A bundle of 10 carrots is $1.79 in Vancouver. That works out to only 18 cents each! Green beans cost $1.78 for a large handful and are a good source of potassium and dietary fibre.

Note: This post contains images of meat. I hope I didn’t offend any vegetarian readers. Feel free to stop reading here if you want, but doing so could be a missed steak. 😀

Easy Steak Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 steak, any size you want (9.5 ounce pictured below)
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • vegetables of your choice
  • salt and pepper, or seasoning of your choice

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Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Then season the veggies and steak, and place them into the pan
  2. After cooking for 3 minutes on one side, turn over the steak and veggies and cook for another 3 minutes
  3. Remove steak from the pan and let it rest on a plate for 2 minutes while the veggies finish cooking

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Eh Voila! 😀 A succulent steak dish cooked to medium-rare in less than 10 minutes. Bon appétit! It’s an easy weeknight dinner recipe for busy people who are looking for a frugal, yet somewhat fancy meal.

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Below is the receipt of the ingredients I bought and used for this recipe.

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