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Hack Your Dinner

Hack Your Dinner with these simple recipes . The secret to these burgers is using a blend of different types of ground meat to give the burgers amazing flavor, while keeping them tender. Upgrade store bought fries using a homemade spice mix. And make a creamy homemade ice cream in under 10 minutes!

Tasty Team
Hack Your Dinner
Total Time

1 hr 10 min

1 hr 10 min

Prep Time

20 minutes

20 min

Cook Time

50 minutes

50 min

Total Time

1 hr 10 min

1 hr 10 min

Prep Time

20 minutes

20 min

Cook Time

50 minutes

50 min

Ingredients

for 4 servings

Classic American Cheeseburger

  • 12 oz beef chuck (350 g), ground 80/20
  • 6 oz ground beef short rib (170 g)
  • 6 oz ground beef brisket rib (170 g)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4 large hamburger buns
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

For Serving

  • 4 slices beefsteak tomatoes
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 4 green leaf lettuces
  • ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • dijon mustard

Zesty French Fries

  • 6 cups frozen french fries (930 g)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • brown paper bag

Ice Cream In a Bag

  • 1 cup heavy cream (240 mL)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 6 cups ice (840 g), crushed
  • ⅓ cup rock salt (40 g)
  • rainbow sprinkle, for serving

Special Equipment

  • 1 zip-top bag, quart-sized
  • 1 zip-top bag, gallon-sized

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 1314
  • Fat 62g
  • Carbs 129g
  • Fiber 46g
  • Sugar 22g
  • Protein 65g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Classic American Cheeseburger
  2. In a medium bowl, gently mix together the ground chuck, short rib, and brisket with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon ground pepper.
  3. Shape the meat into 4 equal patties about 4½ inches wide and 1 inch thick. Use your thumb to press an indentation into the center of each patty to prevent a bubble from forming in the center when cooking. Generously season the tops and sides of the patties with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Spread about ½ tablespoon of butter onto each cut side of the hamburger buns. Working in batches, toast the buns, buttered-side down, for about 2 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside.
  5. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add a thin layer of canola oil to the pan and cook the burgers for 4 minutes on one side, until nicely browned. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side. Top each burger with a slice of cheese and cover the pan with a lid. Cook until the cheese is melted and the internal temperature of the burgers reaches 135°F (57°C), another 1–2 minutes.
  6. Assemble the burgers: Place a burger patty on each toasted bun, then top tomato, red onion, lettuce, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard. Serve immediately.
  7. Enjoy!
  8. Zesty French Fries
  9. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a wire rack on top of the baking sheet.
  10. Arrange the fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, tossing halfway through, 25–30 minutes.
  11. In a small bowl, stir together the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, and sugar.
  12. Add the cooked fries and the spice blend to a large paper bag. Fold the bag tightly to seal and shake until the fries are well-coated.
  13. Serve immediately.
  14. Enjoy!
  15. Ice Cream In a Bag
  16. Add the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla bean paste to a quart-sized zip-top bag. Stir with a fork or small whisk to evenly combine. Squeeze out all of the excess air from the bag and seal shut.
  17. Add the crushed ice and rock salt to a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Gently shake to combine.
  18. Add the cream-filled bag to the ice-filled bag and seal shut. Shake vigorously for 7–10 minutes, until the ice cream has hardened.
  19. Carefully remove the ice cream bag from the larger bag. Serve immediately with rainbow sprinkles on top.
  20. Enjoy!

Ingredients

for 4 servings

Classic American Cheeseburger

  • 12 oz beef chuck (350 g), ground 80/20
  • 6 oz ground beef short rib (170 g)
  • 6 oz ground beef brisket rib (170 g)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 4 large hamburger buns
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

For Serving

  • 4 slices beefsteak tomatoes
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 4 green leaf lettuces
  • ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • dijon mustard

Zesty French Fries

  • 6 cups frozen french fries (930 g)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • brown paper bag

Ice Cream In a Bag

  • 1 cup heavy cream (240 mL)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 6 cups ice (840 g), crushed
  • ⅓ cup rock salt (40 g)
  • rainbow sprinkle, for serving

Special Equipment

  • 1 zip-top bag, quart-sized
  • 1 zip-top bag, gallon-sized

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 1314
  • Fat 62g
  • Carbs 129g
  • Fiber 46g
  • Sugar 22g
  • Protein 65g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Classic American Cheeseburger
  2. In a medium bowl, gently mix together the ground chuck, short rib, and brisket with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon ground pepper.
  3. Shape the meat into 4 equal patties about 4½ inches wide and 1 inch thick. Use your thumb to press an indentation into the center of each patty to prevent a bubble from forming in the center when cooking. Generously season the tops and sides of the patties with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Spread about ½ tablespoon of butter onto each cut side of the hamburger buns. Working in batches, toast the buns, buttered-side down, for about 2 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside.
  5. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add a thin layer of canola oil to the pan and cook the burgers for 4 minutes on one side, until nicely browned. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes on the other side. Top each burger with a slice of cheese and cover the pan with a lid. Cook until the cheese is melted and the internal temperature of the burgers reaches 135°F (57°C), another 1–2 minutes.
  6. Assemble the burgers: Place a burger patty on each toasted bun, then top tomato, red onion, lettuce, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard. Serve immediately.
  7. Enjoy!
  8. Zesty French Fries
  9. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a wire rack on top of the baking sheet.
  10. Arrange the fries in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, tossing halfway through, 25–30 minutes.
  11. In a small bowl, stir together the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, black pepper, and sugar.
  12. Add the cooked fries and the spice blend to a large paper bag. Fold the bag tightly to seal and shake until the fries are well-coated.
  13. Serve immediately.
  14. Enjoy!
  15. Ice Cream In a Bag
  16. Add the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla bean paste to a quart-sized zip-top bag. Stir with a fork or small whisk to evenly combine. Squeeze out all of the excess air from the bag and seal shut.
  17. Add the crushed ice and rock salt to a gallon-sized zip-top bag. Gently shake to combine.
  18. Add the cream-filled bag to the ice-filled bag and seal shut. Shake vigorously for 7–10 minutes, until the ice cream has hardened.
  19. Carefully remove the ice cream bag from the larger bag. Serve immediately with rainbow sprinkles on top.
  20. Enjoy!

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