by Ben Miller
We all know how a burger should be cooked, but what about the ingredients that go into preparing those delicious patties? I for one, am a firm believer in always having a go-to burger recipe, one that you know works well, produces delicious and flavorful burgers that also don’t fall apart on the grill (an incredibly important point that people don’t always consider.)
The burger recipe I always turn to is the Cafe Salle Pleyel Burger that I found last year in the New York Times dining section. I don’t bother with the red onion relish and have found that serving provolone or other cheeses like that works just as well as parmesean. I also often just go for ground chuck instead of springing for sirloin.
The recipe works well on several levels. It sounds complicated, invovles ingredients you wouldn’t generally think to put in a burger, all while staying moist and not falling apart after cooking.
There’s just one complaint I have: price. The pickles and capers aren’t bad, but sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil can run up a pretty hefty tab, especially if scaling up (the last jar I bought was $5 versus about $8-$10 for the meat to produce 8 burgers). Finding fresh tarragon can also be strangely difficult at times.
Because of this I’m looking for a second go-to burger option. Does anyone else have a go-to burger recipe they really like that may be a bit easier on the wallet?
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