Another submission for the DishItForward series is a recipe for super juicy burgers. Who doesn’t love that? Especially when it includes fond memories of a grandmother. They always seem to have the best cooking secrets to pass on. My grandmother and mom were my greatest teachers!
Nonna’s Assassination Burgers By Susan Miele-Motyka
When I was growing up, my best friend, Donna, grew up in a traditional, multi-generational Italian home. Her grandparents lived with them and her grandmother (Nonna) loved to cook. Whenever I came over, she tried to feed me no matter what time of day it was – she loved feeding people! When we came home from school, Nonna would be in the downstairs kitchen (the house had three kitchens…lol) cooking. This burger recipe is one of the best after school snacks she would make. There are two secrets that make it so good: the cast iron pan and the bread crumb coating. We have two cast iron pans in our kitchen – the smaller one was my Grandma Helen’s and must be over 50 years old and gets better with every use. The larger one we got when my husband and I got married and is 15 years young this month! This is a tribute to Nonna’s recipe, Grandma Helen’s little cast iron pan, and the tradition of passing along family recipes for generations to come!
How the burger got it’s name:
At the end bite in carefully! The first time I made these for my husband when we were first dating, he didn’t wait a moment or two, and bit right in and the hot juices inside the burger burnt his face! At that moment, he gave it the nickname of the assassination burger because “it practically burnt my face off”. Once the initial shock of the delicious juiciness and flavor settled in, he declared to me “this is the best hamburger I’ve ever had in my life!”