The Office Burger

This is the only burger on the menu at Father's Office, but it's the reason most people stop here. The restaurant is a few blocks from Sony[ Pictures and The Culver Studios, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Leonardo DiCaprio are big fans. fathersoffice.comt]

Total Time:
45 min
10 min
35 min

4 servings

  • For the onion-bacon compote:
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the burgers:
  • Vegetable oil, for the grill
  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 mini baguettes or other rolls, split
  • 4 ounces gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces Maytag blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • Make the compote: Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon; discard all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings from the skillet.

  • Reduce the heat to low and add the butter to the skillet; swirl to melt. Add the onions; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 15 minutes. Uncover and add the garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly caramelized, about 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook, stirring, until the onions are glazed, about 1 more minute. Stir in the reserved bacon and season with salt and pepper; set aside.

  • Grill the burgers: Preheat a grill to medium high and brush the grates with vegetable oil. Form the beef into four 1-inch-thick oblong patties and season with salt and pepper. Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium. Meanwhile, toast the baguettes.

  • Serve the burgers on the baguettes; top with the gruyere, blue cheese, onion-bacon compote and arugula.

  • Photograph by Steve Giralt

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