Burgers | Basics with Babish

  • Published on Jun 14, 2018
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    For this week's episode of Basics with Babish, I'm covering how to make a (not smashed) burger and fries.
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    Ingredients & Grocery List:
    Russet potatoes
    Peanut oil (or preferred frying oil)
    Beef: short rib, brisket, and sirloin
    Burger accoutrements: tomato, iceberg lettuce, red onion
    Burger buns (plus butter to toast them in)
    Vegetable oil
    Salt and pepper
    American cheese (or your preferred cheese)
    Special Sauce ingredients:
    Garlic powder
    Onion powder
    Paprika (regular or smoked)
    Sweet relish
    Special Equipment:
    Vegetable peeler
    Meat grinder (I use the Kitchen Aid attachment)
    Deep fryer (or vessel suited for frying)
    Cast iron skillet
    Instant-read thermometer
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  • Lisette Bronkhorst
    Lisette Bronkhorst 7 minutes ago

    American cheese isn't cheese... But Gouda is 😏

  • Johnmyth
    Johnmyth Day ago

    I will be taking my subscription back does no one eat a burger
    Well done any more. Last video I’ll watch of yours

  • Snark
    Snark Day ago

    Red Leicester is the best cheese for burgers, fite me

  • Common Sense School

    Give a lil taste to make sure it's good - of course it is.

  • Eli Setzer
    Eli Setzer Day ago

    ketchup and mayo is mannup

  • Scritch
    Scritch 2 days ago +1

    I roast me buns in bacon fat. Does that work or do you recommend butter?

  • Scritch
    Scritch 2 days ago

    I think you are becoming my favorite cooking channel

  • Dolphinboi
    Dolphinboi 4 days ago

    Is that Ed's special sauce?

  • SupremeEdgeLord
    SupremeEdgeLord 4 days ago

    American cheese is not the best for burgers, it's not the best for anything. It's a piece of shit and should only be seen as such.

  • david slay
    david slay 5 days ago

    AND STRIKE 3! MAKING A DAMN DELICIOUS BURGER! Thats 3 Strikes!!! HOME RUN!!! Right Thats How Baseball Works Right? lol

  • david slay
    david slay 5 days ago

    WTF! Come On!!! who has a Grinder at home? honestly? Basics My Ass! Strike 2 Mr.Bish

  • jay robert
    jay robert 5 days ago

    american cheese.. ugh.

  • safebuffalo 8907
    safebuffalo 8907 5 days ago

    3:10 for special sauce

  • the bright side
    the bright side 5 days ago

    I know this isnt as big but it's something that has been on my mind for the past week...Ok this is driving me crazy but everyone keeps the burger at 20% fat but I always wondered can you use more fat like 30 or 40%? How much does the fat effect the taste of the burger and are their different ways to cook each one due to the fact content?... I really want to use more fat...

  • Arkhaan
    Arkhaan 6 days ago

    Hey Babish, you never explain why salting the meat before forming the patties is bad, just that it is. Why is it a bad thing?

    • BigMonkeyOnAStick
      BigMonkeyOnAStick 5 days ago

      It will give the patties a more rubbery, tougher texture.

  • Magnolia Wallflower
    Magnolia Wallflower 6 days ago

    Can you sous vide a burger?

  • Persistence
    Persistence 6 days ago +3

    When he said "make 'em as big as you want." I immediately made a four pound burger monstrosity.

  • Braedon Belair
    Braedon Belair 6 days ago


  • Daedric Blade
    Daedric Blade 7 days ago +4

    You know this world is entering a new age when Babish tells you Babish is not his real name

  • Filther
    Filther 7 days ago

    Fry the patty thoroughly or well done as you westeners call it

  • idont know
    idont know 7 days ago

    Dislike for American cheese

  • Flakey 12
    Flakey 12 8 days ago +1

    I am lazy... can I fry the burger?

  • Tejas Nagaraj
    Tejas Nagaraj 8 days ago +4


  • David F
    David F 9 days ago

    I work at a craft burger place and this is pretty much how we do ours. Watched for comparison. Came away feeling very vindicated!

  • Playhouse76
    Playhouse76 9 days ago

    To the hundreds of "fry sauce" posts: Special sauce is different because it includes other ingredients, like the pickle relish and spices that Andrew added.
    McDonald's version of special sauce uses mustard instead of ketchup.

  • Zomhunter 3455
    Zomhunter 3455 10 days ago +2


  • Aaron Williford
    Aaron Williford 10 days ago

    At 4:40 I thought he said "Make em as thick as you want, it's your ass".

  • Acey Moo
    Acey Moo 10 days ago +6

    I like steaks rare-medium rare. I like burgers well done. I dont like special sauce.
    Why am i like this

    • Filther
      Filther 7 days ago

      You might have more european blood than the average mixed american.

    • Acey Moo
      Acey Moo 9 days ago

      @Ian A the texture, the taste. I cooked a perfect medium rare burger and it tasted exactly how it smelled when it was raw. So disappointed lol

    • Ian A
      Ian A 9 days ago +2

      ground beef has a disgusting texture if not cooked to at least medium. I like any solid piece of beef rare to medium but pink ground beef is just disgusting to me.

  • HighKingDeimos
    HighKingDeimos 10 days ago +1

    hey andrew those fries aren't finished

  • Thot Patrol
    Thot Patrol 10 days ago +2

    So what the fuck _is_ your real name?

  • Max Dufresne
    Max Dufresne 11 days ago

    There's only one problem the buns aren't big enough

  • HALO-Infinity
    HALO-Infinity 11 days ago

    Am I the only one who noticed that he made Mac sauce

  • big_ moist
    big_ moist 11 days ago +1

    my dad caught me jerking off today.

  • Sybille Hoffmann
    Sybille Hoffmann 11 days ago

    For the burger sauce i could recommend adding some mustard

  • Austin Moi
    Austin Moi 12 days ago +2

    This intro makes me think he could 1v1 Gordan Ramsay

  • Marcos Alejandro
    Marcos Alejandro 12 days ago

    Hey oliver, those fries arent done

  • Adrianna the Weirdo
    Adrianna the Weirdo 12 days ago

    3:02 Why do think my name is Adrianna the Weirdo?

  • Autocon 38
    Autocon 38 12 days ago

    Hey I hope you eventually see this, but can you explain why you’re not suppose to salt/season the beef before you’ve formed it?

  • Eduardo Velazquez
    Eduardo Velazquez 13 days ago

    Why is burgers in the vegetarian playly

  • jaxson ivie
    jaxson ivie 13 days ago +2

    Special sauce aka in Utah known as FRY SAUCE MOTHER TRUCKERS! We did it first 😂

  • Deplorable Degenerate
    Deplorable Degenerate 13 days ago

    When Babish (that is your name now) does something you know little to nothing about: "Awesome. I want to try that!"
    When Babish (or any other cooking show host) does something you do have some experience in but differently: WROOONG!!! /KevinSpaceyLexLuthor
    Incoming break down.

  • SkyHighGam3r
    SkyHighGam3r 14 days ago +1

    I like the style of this show but... when I hear "Basics" I don't think of things like grinding your own meat... >.> lol

    • SkyHighGam3r
      SkyHighGam3r 13 days ago

      @Vincent Whaaaaat? NO way! REALLY!?

    • Vincent
      Vincent 13 days ago

      its not that hard to skip that and buy store bought ground beef

  • Andrew Chen
    Andrew Chen 14 days ago

    I’m going to be honest American cheese may melt the best on Berger’s two slices of pepper jack is the way to go with me

  • yolobitches
    yolobitches 15 days ago

    What is Fahrenheit??? Use Celcius like the rest of the world FFS

    • LMAO
      LMAO 14 days ago

      Hes American
      Stay mad

  • Cory Whittam
    Cory Whittam 15 days ago

    That is funny, I work at a burger and fry joint and that is (mostly) how we make our burgers and fries XD

  • Andrew Hall
    Andrew Hall 15 days ago

    Wouldn’t the lettuce wilt faster because it’s directly touching the burger

    • John Aavang
      John Aavang 13 days ago +1

      Andrew Hall
      Kind of, heat rises so having the lettuce underneath leads to less heat energy transferred to it. That’s the logic, I would assume.

  • Pedro Sanchez
    Pedro Sanchez 16 days ago

    Special sauce? Mayoketchup. Its the gift from the gods. Puertoricans knkw whats up

  • freeski420
    freeski420 17 days ago

    If you want a really good smash burger come check out grind in Glenwood Springs,co I won’t disappoint you! Just ask for chef Ben.

  • Lil P5ych0
    Lil P5ych0 17 days ago

    So you don’t cook your onions?

  • Zac Boska
    Zac Boska 18 days ago

    Butter Lettuce all day.

  • David Wilson
    David Wilson 18 days ago

    American cheese cannot be the best cheese for burgers because it is not cheese.

  • GlamorousStudio
    GlamorousStudio 18 days ago

    Whoever dislike this vid is a real dud

  • ACompetitiveHalo
    ACompetitiveHalo 19 days ago

    Poison checking! Yes! Someone else calls it that!

  • Wormy
    Wormy 19 days ago

    My sister kept yelling at me because I said “you should never mix the seasoning into your burger.” And she thinks you should mix it in, so thank you for saying that.

  • Adrian Garro
    Adrian Garro 20 days ago

    Jesus! how is this basics?

  • ReflexivoArco
    ReflexivoArco 21 day ago

    Psst... If You have a chance to get to it, try to use smoked oscypek cheese on top of the burger, it's Polish sheep cheese, salty, stringy and gooye after melt, along with some red onion jam, horseradish mustard and slice of tomato. You can add some cranberry sauce instea of red onion jam, if You want some more autentic taste of Poland

  • Mystic Miserly
    Mystic Miserly 21 day ago

    I wanna be extra speciallllll

  • Austin Mcmullin
    Austin Mcmullin 22 days ago

    why do they call it "red onion" when its purple? it makes no sense to me

  • Gio Dad
    Gio Dad 22 days ago

    Follow this recipe plz , even the secret sauce , it issss soooooo goodddddd

  • Somnium
    Somnium 22 days ago

    Extra tip: caramelize your onions if you don’t want as much acidity

  • WaterballYT
    WaterballYT 22 days ago

    Special sauce is literally burger sauce

  • Gio Dad
    Gio Dad 22 days ago

    I made this burger and the “secret sauce “ was soooo gooddddd

  • Patrick
    Patrick 22 days ago

    Have we had a full English breakfast edition of Basics with Babish yet?

  • Karma King
    Karma King 22 days ago

    I've been watching your channel and I know you love smash burgers

  • David Moore
    David Moore 22 days ago

    6:04 amen

  • Nikola M
    Nikola M 23 days ago

    I always cook my meat well done, i’ve never tried a medium rare, or a medium stake.

  • Nadja G
    Nadja G 23 days ago

    What i don't get about this name "Binging with Babish":
    Why would someone legitimise a severy eating disorder und bad relationship with food?

    • RoseRedRoseWhite
      RoseRedRoseWhite 20 days ago

      Because the English language is fluid and thus can have different meanings based on context, in this case being used to feast heartily. Additionally, binging is not the disorder itself but a symptom. Not everything needs to be a cause.

  • A man
    A man 23 days ago

    Not everyone can afford this shit

  • Fly
    Fly 24 days ago

    I eat raw ground beef!

  • A M
    A M 24 days ago

    Take your plastic glove off whimp.

  • Paranoid Android
    Paranoid Android 24 days ago

    Why not salting before forming the patties...
    Uuuurh, I can't deal with this American way of burger... In my meat there's a lot of stuff : Worcestershire, onions, paprika, herbs, bread crumbs, salt & pepper ...
    I tasted once the "I just have a salted/peppered crust around me, inside juste taste like old cow."
    Never again.

  • Smudolini the Great Dragobear

    Sneaks into the kitchen, makes pattys putting in salt and pepper while forming pattys all ninja like. No one will ever know! mUHAHAHAHAHA!

  • mr paccy money
    mr paccy money 25 days ago +1

    Watching this video made mw hungry

  • Dat Lando Boi
    Dat Lando Boi 25 days ago +21

    Babish: It dosent taste quite right
    Babish Mind: KOSHER SALT!!!

  • juanbp0411
    juanbp0411 26 days ago


  • John Porter
    John Porter 26 days ago

    Nice! I like smash burgers with bacon and cheese, toasted buns and ketchup and mustard

  • Jeebs
    Jeebs 26 days ago

    fry sauce

  • MAXR
    MAXR 26 days ago

    Babish , try beef fat frying

  • Sam Smith
    Sam Smith 26 days ago +1

    Acceptable sauces for burgers consist of Ketchup, Mustard, BBQ and I also sometimes like to add my own caramelised onion jam. However, Mayo and mayo based sauces, no thank you, those are off limits. Rest of the burger - perfection.

    • G. S.
      G. S. 26 days ago

      You do you. 👍

  • dude73153
    dude73153 27 days ago +1


  • Frank Gresham_4210882
    Frank Gresham_4210882 27 days ago

    Babish what is your real name? :/

  • toogoodtobedrew96
    toogoodtobedrew96 27 days ago +3

    You lost me on "meat grinder."

    • Lalo
      Lalo 25 days ago

      Alternatively, you could go to your local butcher, ask them to get beef chunks, and grind it. It won't be pebbly like Babish, but it's a level better than standard ground beef.

  • Maybe Turtle
    Maybe Turtle 27 days ago

    i have never had burgers...

  • Patocka Philipp
    Patocka Philipp 27 days ago +5

    Babish please make a video about homemade burger buns ❤️

  • Connor Williams
    Connor Williams 27 days ago +169

    You would say " Babish, those aren't done."
    I would say, "i know and that's not my real name

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson 27 days ago

    You should do a ramen burger? I love your TVclip account, I made your nachos and they came out so delicious. I love the queso made the chips so unique

  • Victor Rosales
    Victor Rosales 27 days ago

    I love you babish

  • Kyle wang
    Kyle wang 27 days ago

    today we are making the burgers from earth

  • Mr Matthew
    Mr Matthew 28 days ago

    In Jamie Oliver’s cook book you put eggs and shit in the burger patty

  • Sam Souyave-Murphy
    Sam Souyave-Murphy 28 days ago

    5:16 - actually, it is “who are receiving” instead of “whom”.
    However, this is such a minuscule mistake. This is such a helpful video and I love your channel!

  • George coomes
    George coomes 28 days ago

    Special sauce is just burger sauce tho

  • Petter Pettersen
    Petter Pettersen 28 days ago

    Please remember, the health risk for adults are minor.
    So please go a head and eat ground beef medium.
    But never serve to children, the health risk for them can be deadly.
    E Coli is the risk you run, healthy adults handles that fine, but children can die
    Because of less immunity.

  • Nobr4in3r
    Nobr4in3r 28 days ago

    If you toast your buns in butter it means one of two things: Either you have no bacongrease to do it or you're a cretin

  • Zero Fighter
    Zero Fighter 28 days ago

    Every time I try to cook burgers like this, I follow the instructions word for word, but they always end up nearly burnt on the outside, and absolutely raw on the inside. Everywhere I go, everyone says to cook with medium-high heat, and only a couple minutes on each side. But when I cook them to where they come out right, it's because I cook them on medium-low heat for in excess of 6 or 7 minutes on either side, low and slow. They don't come out dry or tough, or anything else that I'm constantly warned happens when you cook burgers low and slow. Half the time, I don't put any sauces or ketchup on the burgers because they're nice and juicy on their own.

  • Tommy BRO
    Tommy BRO 29 days ago +1

    Watching him making burgers while I bite my McBurger.

  • Totema1
    Totema1 29 days ago

    Ain't "special sauce" just russian dressing

  • Izzy J
    Izzy J Month ago +1

    Toasting your buns, Carla would be proud. Just remember... DON'T BURN THE BUNS

  • Merson The Person
    Merson The Person Month ago

    If you don't fry your fries in animal fat don't @ me

  • Ethaniel Clyne
    Ethaniel Clyne Month ago

    If only I knew what silver skin was

  • shad lamb
    shad lamb Month ago +1

    Ayyyyy bruh special sauce is just fry sauce but it sounds gay af when you call it special sauce

    • slacker
      slacker 29 days ago +1

      you sound "gay af" saying "ayyyy bruh"