MasterChef

FRI 8/7c AUG 29

Recipes

Becky's Saucy Bad-ass Burger

High quality meat, and nice fatty cuts, will make this burger extra delicious and juicy.

Ingredients

For the patties

  • 40% ground chuck
  • 30% ground prime beef
  • 30% ground pork belly
  • 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp mirin
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and finely grated
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

For the bacon jam

  • 1/2 lb bacon, cut into small cubes
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2/3 Tbsp brown sugar (plus more if necessary to get sufficient glaze)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • Salt to taste

For the bleu cheese sauce

  • Scant 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 2/3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • Scant 1/4 cup crumbled Point Reyes blue cheese (or other good blue cheese)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Splash rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced chives
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic*

For the toppings

  • 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Butter lettuce
  • Taleggio cheese slices, room temperature
  • 2 jalapenos or red fresno chiles, blistered over flame, skins discarded, cut into rings
  • Toasted onion roll

Directions

To make patties

  1. Combine all the meat and seasonings; mix thoroughly, but don't overmix, as it will get mealy and tough.

  2. Form into patties, slightly larger than the circumference of your buns.

  3. Make a thumbprint in the middle. This will help it to cook evenly, and not bulge up in the middle making an undesirable softball-esque burger patty.

To make blue cheese sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients, and mix gently.

  2. Let sit for at least an hour to let the flavors meld and develop.

To make bacon jam

  1. Slowly cook bacon.

  2. Add onion, caramelize for 30 minutes over low to medium low flame.

  3. Sprinkle in sugar and syrup and continue to cook.

  4. Deglaze with vinegar, then continue to cook and reduce. It will break down slightly. Stir often so it doesn't burn.

  5. Season with salt if needed. Remove from heat, let cool.

Assembly

  1. Cook patties to medium rare.

  2. Spread the bottom bun with blue cheese sauce.

  3. Place burger on top, sprinkle with toatsted sesame seeds.

  4. Place taleggio cheese on top, it should be ooey gooey, and beginning to melt onto hot patty.

  5. Add butter lettuce on top.

  6. On top bun, spread a generous layer of bacon jam, then press several charred pepper rings into the bacon jam, so it sticks in place.

  7. Now swiftly, and deliberately, turn top bun over, and place on top of the butter lettuce to complete the assembly.

  8. Now smoosh the top down just a tad, so it's all happily married together aaaaaaand DIG it. Hope you have a wide jaw.

To roast garlic, cut off top of entire bulb, then drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper, then wrap in foil and bake in 375 oven for 1 hour. Remove and cool, discard foil, and squeeze out soft golden roasted cloves of garlic.

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Becky's Saucy Bad-ass Burger