How To Make Cannabis-Infused Burgers
What better way to chill out in the summer sun than with a cannabis-infused burger? For those looking to tantalise their taste buds, we have put together an easy to follow recipe.
Cannabis-infused burgers are among the easiest and best-tasting dishes you can prepare when it comes to cooking with cannabis. Research has shown that eating too much meat is not healthy, so it is a good idea to focus on using less, but high-quality meat. If you would prefer to leave meat out of the equation, this recipe can be adapted to a vegan diet utilizing soy derivatives.
CHOOSING YOUR INGREDIENTS
Burgers are among the easiest recipes you can make, making this a great entry level for those wanting to experiment with cannabis in the kitchen. Ground meat is the basis for any burger, and it is recommended you take the time to good meat – from a local organic farmer, or originating from a country with strict animal and farming regulations. For a juicy cannabis-infused burger, the meat chosen should be fairly fatty.
When it comes to the cannabis you are going to use, you want to use some dried bud. The strain you choose will determine the type of effect and potency, so choose something you consider to be a favourite. Personally, we like to use ICE for ultimate relaxation. Anyway, half a gram is usually enough for a couple of big burgers, but can be adjusted to suit your experience.
INGREDIENTS FOR TWO BURGERS
500g of grounded beef meat (or vegan substitute)
1 onion, finely sliced
0.5g of cannabis bud, decarboxylated then finely ground
1 egg, beaten
Seasonings, such as paprika, pepper, salt, and garlic
Salad, tomato, onion, cucumber, or any other vegetable you want in the bun
Making your burgers is straight forward, simply follow these instructions. You will use your hands for this, and it will work better if they are wet and clean.
1. Decarboxylate your cannabis in the oven, then finely grind it, removing small branches. We want flowers to become as fine a powder as possible. A coffee grinder can be great for this.
2. In a bowl, mix together the meat, sliced onion, cannabis, egg, and seasoning. Mix everything together by hand until an even consistency is reached.
3. Take your mix and flatten it on a clean surface to a uniform thickness. A little flour on the surface helps to prevent the meat to sticking on it. You want to create thick round patties ready to fry.
4. Carefully pick up the burger patties using a flipper or spatula, and put them on a plate in the fridge for a couple of hours.
5. Next, comes cooking. Burgers can be cooked in a pan or grilled on a barbecue.
5a. You can cook them in a pan with a little olive oil. Heat the pan to a high temperature. Place the burgers in and after one minute, flip them. This will seal the meat, keeping the juices in. You can add more salt and herbs at this point. Lower the heat to a medium temperature and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes depending on the quality of your meat and how rare you want the centre to be – flipping the burgers occasionally. If you want cheese, be sure to add it on a couple of minutes before you finish cooking to let it melt a bit.
5b. On a barbecue, make sure your grill is nice and hot. You should be able to keep hold your hand above the grill for a couple of seconds before it becomes painful. Slap the burgers onto the grill and flip them after 1 minute to seal the meat. Continue to cook for 5-10 minutes depending on the quality of your meat and how rare you want them – flipping occasionally. If you like cheese on your burger, add a few minutes before you take it off the grill.
If you are a meat lover and want to get technical, a meat thermometer will greatly help track your burgers cooking progress. By sticking its tips into the centre of your piece of meat, you will be able to know the internal cooking temperature. At 60°C your cannabis-infused burger will be rare, at 70°C it will be medium, and at 80°C, it will well done. Over 80 degrees the burger is burned.
All that is left to do is sort out the burger buns and garnishes, which you can do to your own taste. That is all there is to it! If you like a little beer with your cannabis (some hate it), then you will find it the perfect accompaniment to your burger. Remember, cannabis edibles can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to kick in, so be patient! Enjoy!