Monday, May 30, 2011

Last Minute Burger Month Addition -- Bee's Attempt at Gourmet Burgers

Happy Memorial Day!

Who didn't realize it was National Beef Month?

Who thought all the food blogs posting creative looking burger creations was simply a large coincidence?

Who, much like with the Cinco de Mayo incident, decided to get in on the action last-minute and throw together a burger with only two days to spare?

::raises hand, sheepishly::

Okay, actually, it had less to do with me trying to follow the cool kids and more to do with the fact that I'd recently tried what I'm going to call the Best Burger of my Life and decided that since I can't and probably shouldn't throw down $13 a burger twice a week at the amazing new Brick Wall Burger near my work, I would have to recreate something similar to curb my Burger Piemonte cravings in between visits.

Seriously, this was a divine burger. Let me show you:

Best Burger of. My. Life.
The Burger Piemonte is made from freshly ground beef (on-site), grilled portobello mushrooms, truffle oil, caramelized onions, and parmesan cheese on a freshly made bun (from a local bakery). On the side I got the spicy slaw and their deliciously crisp twice-cooked french fries. This is a place I will be returning to again and again.

Anyway, a friend's Memorial Day cook-out was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at re-creating this burger, with a few embellishments.

Boyfriend's burger is famous among our group of friends, so I've included that as well (sans pictures sadly) since he's convinced that my readers think he only makes me kielbasa and tacos when I let him cook. His burger is a masterpiece in itself, and he is my dutiful aide in all things involving the grill--I had him do the actual grilling for mine too since I'm still a little scared of that device.

He also graduated this weekend, with high honors! :)
I could not find truffle oil, so I used the closest thing I could find at the local supermarket: balsamic vinegar reduction with white truffle flavor. The result was definitely not Brick Wall standards, but delicious in its own right.

Bee's Burger Attempt
This burger is large and in charge, baby.
(An interpretation of Brick Wall Burger's Burger Piemonte)
makes 4 1/4 lb burgers or 8 sliders

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 thick slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 thick slices apple-smoked bacon
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps, slices to a little less than 1/2" thick
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar dressing
  • Drizzle of white balsamic vinegar reduction with truffle oil flavor (or real truffle oil of course, if you're so lucky)
  • sesame seed buns (I wanted brioche, but the supermarket had none)
  • salt and pepper

-Form the ground beef into 4 equal patties and season each side with salt and pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar reduction and rub lightly into meat on both sides. Let marinate while you complete the next steps.

-Mix the sliced mushroom caps with the balsamic vinegar dressing, set aside.

-Cut bacon to fit burgers, most likely this will be in half. Cook to desired texture over medium high heat (I like mine a little chewy). Move to a paper-towel lined plate and set aside. Cook mushrooms in same skillet until tender.

-Grill burgers to desired done-ness--I like medium with a good amount of pink--and top with cheddar cheese. If desired, slather inside of sesame buns with butter and grill for a few minutes. Move cooked burgers to buns and top with bacon and mushrooms. EAT.

Sides are store-bought sadly, but tasty!

Boyfriend's Famous Burgers
Makes 4 1/4 lb burgers or 8 sliders

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 jalapenos
  • salt and pepper
  • sesame seed buns

-Form beef into patties and season with salt and pepper. Splash each side with Worcestershire sauce. Allow to marinate for at least ten minutes.

-Remove stems from jalapenos and grill until black blisters form. Slice into wheels.

-Cook burgers on grill until desired done-ness. Top with cheddar cheese and jalapenos. Serve on a warm sesame seed bun with spicy mustard and ketchup. DEVOUR.

Didn't grab a picture of his, so here's another of mine!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day. What were some of your favorite cook-out dishes?


  1. Now that is what I call a burger! Yum!!!!

  2. Delicious! Don't worry, you aren't the only one that didn't realized it was beef month. Luckily, there's still the whole summer ahead of us to enjoy delicious burgers.

  3. These look deeeeelicious. I love burgers and these are definitely going on my summer cooking list. Nothing better than that grilled taste, too :)

  4. Simply delicious! Can I have a bite please???

  5. Those are some mouth-watering burgers! I'd like half of each one please - I could never decide between the two! Burgers are always a fave. Congratulations to your boyfriend!

  6. Awesome burgers! I am showing this to my b/f!