Saturday, February 10, 2007

Luxury Burger

Maybe it was my 4-mile run this morning, or perhaps it was my collection of red wines beckoning, or possibly the smell of Kobe burgers grilling at AJ's when I walked by earlier today while running errands, but all I know was I had to have a big burger with an equally big glass of red wine.

This burger is flecked with chopped wild mushrooms and seasoned with salt and pepper and black truffle oil. I topped it with grilled shallots, Cabernet reduction, crumbled Gorgonzola and baby arugula all in a toasted poppy seed bun.

Luxury Burger:
(serves 2)

1 lb premium ground beef, 80% lean
2 large poppy seed buns
1/2 c dry wild mushrooms, rehydrated, drained & chopped
1/3 c Gorgonzola, crumbled
1 c dry Cabernet
2 tbs black truffle oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 c baby arugula
2 shallots, sliced
2 tbs mayonnaise

Mix beef with truffle oil and wild mushrooms. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix just enough to incorporate, form into 2 large patties. Make sure beef is at room temperature.

Meanwhile, reduce red wine into a glaze, then remove from heat and let stand.

Grill burgers over high heat, flip once and top with Gorgonzola. Meanwhile, toast buns on grill and grill shallots (either over foil or on an indoor grill or saute in a pan). Pour red wine glaze over burgers just before they are done (use a meat thermometer to achieve desired doneness).

To serve:
Lightly coat toasted buns with mayonnaise (to prevent sogginess). Place burger on bottom bun, top with shallots, then arugula and if you want, more Gorgonzola. Serve immediately.


peabody said...

Lord...a 4 mile run. I would say I am jealous(since you get to use your feet and all) but I only run when being chased.
That is one heck of a burger!

Brilynn said...

Now you've got me craving a burger too! I'm so easily influenced...

Kristen said...

Kirsten -
That is how you can cook so great and stay so skinny...4 mile run?? Wow! You deserve a burger, fries, wine, chocolate, ic cream. etc. after a run like that!

Lis said...

Okay so I'm out of breath just reading about your 4 mile run..

I'm also drooling heavily over that burger.. it looks amazing. I need one now! But I'm not runnin' 4 miles to get one, okay? =)

Patricia Scarpin said...


I wish I could run 4 miles, too!

Kirsten said...

Hi all!!!

Yes, the running allows certain extras, but this burger was a BIG one! I only ate half. :)

Carrie said...

that burger looks so fricken good. I'm going to have to give it a go.

Freya and Paul said...

YOu did just about 'squeak' in with this - how could you be late with a post from February is what I want to know!!
Aside from all that, it is really very stunning, and incredibly luxurious! This one is going to be my baby! Paul can have the rest.