My son, Matt, is the creator of this burger. Mostly, I’m pretty sure that I don’t have the recipe exactly right because, well, if you ever met Matt you’d know that pinning him down for information is akin to chasing a bar of slippery, wet soap around the shower.
Matt was bragging about generously sharing information about his hamburgers. “People LOVE my hamburgers, Mom! When they watch me making the burgers, they look at me like I’m crazy, but then they taste them and they can’t believe how good those things taste!”
When I asked Matt to tell me his recipe, it began something like this. “Well, you take some hamburger meat and you put some bread, an egg, teriyaki sauce, honey, salt, and pepper in it.” When asked how much hamburger he used, the answer was, “I don’t know. How many hamburgers can you make out of a pound of ground beef?”
Aaaaaaaaaaand, at this point I started chasing that proverbial bar of soap around the shower...
I made these burgers once, and I thought it best to make a clarifying phone call to Matt. He actually answered the phone. Miracle! He corrected me on a couple of points, said something about using four pounds of ground beef and half a bottle of honey teriyaki sauce at which time my brain went kind of fuzzy and I entered an alternate universe.
It’s not easy being a genius. Not easy at all. Geniuses just do things and to have to stop and explain it to all of us little people is so laborious, so tedious, so frustrating. Matt, if you’re reading this, would you please drop me a line, leave me a comment, update your facebook page, text me, email me, or otherwise find a way to communicate with me and let me know if I have all of the right ingredients in the recipe? Thanks. Love you. Just whenever you get around to it is okay. Don’t worry about the passage of time; it stands still for anyone who does not live in Matt world.
In the meantime, here is a really great recipe for what I think are some great honey teriyaki burgers. Even if they are not a general facsimile, they are pretty dang good. Slap on a piece of grilled pineapple and you have yourself a very fine burger. These homemade buns from Wednesday’s post would be the perfect housing for Honey Teriyaki Burgers.
Cook’s Note: When I was initially working on this recipe, I found that the burgers were very loose because of their high moisture content. I had problems with them falling apart on the grill and also when cooked in a frying pan on the stove. Although Matt said he uses wet bread in his mixture, I have changed the wet bread to soft bread crumbs.