The Det Burger
In the early '70s a cook named Bob Detweiler got tired of making "just burgers," so he made up this recipe (his wife, Julie, the manager[, suggested the cheese topping). It became an instant hit, and they've had it on the menu ever since.]
- The Det Mix:
- 1/3 cup drained, sliced canned whole green chiles
- 1/3 cup sliced pitted oil-cured black olives
- 1/3 cup sliced sauteed cremini mushrooms
- For the hamburgers:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 James Beard's Favorite Hamburger patties, recipe follows
- 4 slices onion
- 1/4 cup beer, plus more as needed
- 4 slices cheddar cheese
- 4 toasted hamburger buns
- James Beard's Favorite Hamburger
- Recipe courtesy Beard on Food, Running Press, 2000
- 2 pounds chopped beef chuck or round
- 1 onion
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Unsalted butter
- Vegetable oil, as needed
- Kosher salt, to taste
DirectionsFor the hamburgers:
Make the Det Mix: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
Make the hamburgers: Heat the butter and oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat. Add the hamburgers and cook halfway through and turn over. Cover each with about 1/4 cup of the Det Mix and top with the onion slices. Pour in the 1/4 cup beer and cover with a lid. Steam a couple of minutes until the onion is translucent. Re-steam with beer a couple of times. Top each hamburger with a slice of cheese and cover until melted. Transfer the hamburger to the buns and serve.
Spread the meat out on a board and grate 2 to 3 tablespoons of onion into ituse a fairly fine grater so you get just the juice and very finely grated raw onion. Now mix in about a tablespoon of heavy cream and some freshly ground black pepper. Form into pattiesa 6 to 8-ounce patty for an average serving.
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