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Burgers Well Done.

Just because you are grilling hamburgers this summer doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice. I happen to think that cheeseburgers are one of the finest contributions to humanity made by we Americans. They are my often my final meal before leaving our shores and the first thing I seek out upon my return Stateside. But I’m no purist. To celebrate our friends’ return from Istanbul, we threw a dinner party featuring burgers, grilled corn, french fries and brownies a la mode.

We may have gilded the lily with the recipe for:

Bison Burgers Wellington
(serves 6)
3 lbs of organic ground bison meat
mixed mushrooms
butter for sautéing
smoked sea salt
cracked pepper
6 slices hickory smoked bacon
6 slices smoked gruyère cheese
1/4 lb of paté de foie gras mousse truffée
dabs of horseradish mustard
6 rolls of your choosing

Sauté the mushroom mix in butter, salt and pepper (and a splash of Worcestershire sauce if you’d like.)

Salt and pepper the meat and shape into six patties. Handle as little as possible. Grill to desired doneness adding the cheese to melt at the last minute.

Cook the bacon to crispness you like. Grill the bread. I brushed the bread with a little truffle oil, but I don’t think it’s necessary. Stack the cheeseburgers on the bottom half of the bun. Dab the mustard on the top half and spread with some of the paté. Top the burgers with the mushrooms and bacon.

Too much of a good thing? Oh no. Not at all. Besides, while burgers are easy, they are rarely elegant. These may be as elegant as our humble sandwich allows.

17 thoughts on “Burgers Well Done.

  1. Sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to try some bison burger. We like to stuff our basic hamburger or turkey burger with feta and serve with avocado and tomato. It’s so easy for hot and humid summer cooking.

  2. Oh I don’t know Mr. Redhouse…. check out my post on artichokes. The architect and friend travel very well, indeed.

    LucyinStLou, I do the same with ground lamb spiced with garlic and oregano. yum.

    Hiya Peak, it makes luncheon an occasion, to be sure. Fairfax has it right…

  3. OK I am drooling. Not an attractive image, I know….but what did you expect with a recipe like this? I have been craving red meat ever since my children have declared that they are now vegetarians…what is with young people today?!

  4. What I meant was that the Turkish equivalent of hamburgers (köfte) is nowhere as good as your bison burgers. Ask your friends. One can take just so much of ground mutton and cumin.

  5. katiedid, I feel your pain.

    Ah Mr. Redhouse, thanks for the clarification. Outside of the islands, I’ve given up finding my favourite taste treat. Although Mrs. E. and I did teach a French couple how to make burgers and martinis. After his first sip, the husband gasped and asked if we drank them all the time? I told him never before breakfast and that’s why we won the War.

  6. This post is making me hungry. Seriously. It’s funny, but when I’m abroad and lack access to proper cheeseburger supply facilities, I think about the cheeseburgers from Ruby’s Diner, a chain on the West Coast. Best cheeseburgers I’ve ever had. Paradise. I know where I’m going for lunch today…

  7. LBT, here it’s Five Guys Burgers and Fries. I delivered a bag to a sick friend yesterday and the temptation to take a bite on the way was dizzying. Didn’t even filch a fry. And today, a cheeseburger all I can think about.

  8. Hiya TIG, the smoked gruyère was definitely gilding on the lily.

    AtB, I’m starting to think that I should throw a garden party for all my blogging friends. But, given everyone’s incredible eye for design, I am not sure I could live up to it! All I could guarantee would be a very good time in very good company. And isn’t that what we’re all after in the end? Aside from cocktails under a Picasso…

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