The Burger Bar

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 burgers
Level:
Easy

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Ingredients
Directions

Preheat a large cast-iron skillet to medium hot. Take a few paper towels and fold them several times to make a thick square. Blot a small amount of oil on the paper towel and carefully and quickly wipe the hot skillet to make a nonstick surface.

Season the ground meat in a bowl with salt and pepper. Give it about 3 turns in the bowl with your hands or a big spoon and it's done. Shape into 4 patties. When the skillet is hot, put the burgers on the skillet and cook 4 minutes on the first side and 5 for the second side for rare; 7 minutes per side for medium, adding the cheese during the final minute or 2 to melt. Remove the burgers to a plate. Rub the skillet with the folded paper towel again to clean it. Then toast the buns cut side down for about 1 minute, just to mark them. Serve the hamburgers in the buns with the accompaniments below.

Sauteed Mushrooms:

Saute 1 pound thickly sliced mushrooms in 1/4 cup olive oil with 2 sliced garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves over super-high heat until nicely browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in a couple of drops fresh lemon juice to brighten the flavor.

Caramelized Onions:

Heat 2 tablespoons unsalted butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add 2 onions, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook slowly until well caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes.

Thickly slice 2 pounds red and yellow beefsteak tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and 1/2 bunch chopped fresh chives.

Bacon with Rosemary:

Lay out 1/2 pound sliced bacon on a baking sheet, strip leaves from 1 sprig rosemary and throw them on top with lots of cracked black pepper and roast at 400 degrees F until the bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes.

Herbed Horseradish Mayonnaise:

Stir together 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish, 1/4 cup freshly minced herbs such as parsley, basil, chives or scallion, 2 tablespoons olive oil, a little squeeze of lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

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    My family loved the burgers. They said it was the best even though I over cooked them. I loved the tomato chive and onions along with the horseradish mayo! First time I oven baked the bacon and plan on doing it again. I would go for a more sturdy bun as the Orowheat sesame seed bun fell apart.
    without a doubt a must treat for family. enjoy :
    Wonderful! Have done this many times now, it's always a winner! My only critique would be the burger patty... it needs more! I add loads of stuff to my ground beef (sauteed onions, a dab of A1, a sprinkling of garlic powder, an egg, a dash of soy sauce, a grind or two of pepper, a dash of salt, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce... they are so tender and juicy it's unreal! Enjoy!!
    without question it was the best burger i've ever had!
    LUCKY ME! On a visit to my meat market in coastal Carolina to pick up some pork last week, I passed by the ground beef counter and saw many packages which blended (50% / 50% brisket and round. Talked to the Butcher and he said it made the best burgers. (and it was only $2.99 a lb.. I came home and found this recipe and followed the recipe to a tee first time with onions and bacon... FANTASTIC. Next time I added a tablespoon of DIJON mustard to the carmelized onion a minute before they were done and boy were they a fantastic alternative to other toppings. If onions are your favorite part of the recipe,try it this way... I will never search for another Burger recipe Again.
    Yum, Yum, YUMMY. This was a lot of fun. I never put together an array of hamburger toppings before, but my nephews LOVED it. The hamburger was SO DELICIOUS.
     

     
    Everyone had fun assembling their burgers, the toppings were so delicious. My five year old neice who is the pickiest eater I know, declared she would eat the whole thing and she DID.
     

     
    This is a TOTAL crowd pleaser. And the meat is so juicy. I had them grind up the brisket at my Wegmans.
     
    I Definitely recommend it.
     

     
    This was the first time I ever had heirloom tomatoes (which Tyler suggests using in the video for this dish but strangely NOT in the recipe and I had to make a special trip to Whole Foods to find them. They were around three dollars each! I think regular tomatoes would have worked well, too.
     

     
    I served this with homemade french fries which came out PERFECT and were all gone, along with the burgers. I used Guy Fieri's Double Fried French Fries recipe. Thanks Tyler, for an awesome recipe and idea!
    Best burger EVER! OMG - We used carmelized onion, swiss cheese, rosemary/pepper bacon, heirloom tomatoes, horseradish mayo, and sesame seed bun. Unbelievable - Only way I will ever be able to eat a burger again! S P O I L E D!
    This was by far the best burger I have ever had! The only thing we did differently was use regular ground beef.. All of the toppings were delicious. Will be making this again very soon!
    Yummy. Remember you don't have to make them as big, I only used 1/4 lb. beef & made 2 flatter burgers that fit our mouth then used less of everything else too. There is an Article as well as Video here to help you pick meat and make this if you missed the show. I'm going to try these toppings on other every day stuff like cube steak.
    These burgers were absolutely fabulous. My husband and I just ate them and the flavors were amazing. I followed the recipe to the T except I used regular ground beef and a beautiful multicolored heirloom tomato. I totally stuffed myself and my husband is in the kitchen right now scooping up all the leftover ingredients. You know it's something when then french fries are ignored!! Will definitely make this again.
    Saw the show with the brisket burgers and immediatly asked my butcher to grind up a seven pound beef brisket...followed the recipe exact but the burgers were terrible...very bland like a turkey burger...I don't understand why...any suggestions?
    My husband watched this episode and announced that he was going to the butcher to have him grind up a piece of brisket for burgers. I told him he was crazy.....Why spend all of that exta money for ground beef? Well all I can say is "Oh My Goodness!" These burgers are the juiciest, most delicious burgers I have ever tasted! Nothing else compares! Yummo!
    I did these two recipes (burgers & fries) verbatim, no changing anything and my guests (who are good cooks themselves) said I was a great cook! All night I heard "these are the best burgers I've ever had." It's gourmet, everything tasted 10 notches above anything else you've ever had. BTW, our butcher (on Front St in Issaquah, WA) thought I was crazy for asking for ground brisket. He asked me, who told you to get ground brisket & I said "Tyler Florence" and he said "Tyler Florence huh?" I said "from Foodnetwork?" He looked at me with pitty, offering ground chuck as the best & I kept up with my order --2lbs ran about $14.00. While I was there he cut thick-cut bacon for me. Still thinking I'm completely clueless in this life of mine.
     
    If you want your family and friends to experience a "real" hamburger - here it is. This juicy rich combination takes hamburger to a whole new experience. It's like eating a tenderloin steak with all the rich trimmings.
    This is a great gourmet burger. Your butcher will know why you ask for ground brisket! No changes needed!
    A LONG TIME FAN OF TYLERS, I ACTUALLY MADE THESE BECAUSE OF THE REVIEWS. OVER AND OVER, YOU GUYS KEPT SAYING THE SAME THING...IT WAS THE BEST BURGER YOU EVER HAD.
     

     
    WELL, ADD ME TO THE LIST! FOUND THE BRISKET EASILY AND ASKED THE BUTCHER TO TRIM ANY HIDDEN FAT ( YOU KNOW LIKE THE FAT ON THE BOTTOM THAT YOU CAN'T SEE) AND GRIND IT LIKE HAMBURGER. NO PROBLEM.
     

     
    MADE IT EXACTLY LIKE THE RECIPE....OUTRAGEOUS TASTE. REALLY SUCCULENT BEEFY TASTE ...CLOSEST THING TO KOBE BEEF I HAVE TASTED IN A LONG, LONG TIME.
     

     
    MADE THEM SMALLER AND USED SLIDER BUNS THINKING THE BURGERS SOUNDED KIND OF LARGE AND I WOULDN'T EAT THAT MUCH ...
     

     
    FUNNY, ONE WAS NOT ENOUGH!
     

     
    TRY THIS - YOU WILL NEVER, NEVER USED REGULAR GROUND HAMBURGER AGAIN.
    We made these burgers for our Superbowl party last night and followed the recipe exactly. Only change made was that we made sliders. Oh my goodness...the combination of flavors with the condiments and the bacon with the rosemary and black pepper just sent these burgers over the top! It was most definitely worth the time to prepare these. I even ground the brisket myself and it was very simple to do. Will definitely make these again.
    The best hamburger that I have ever tasted!!!!
     

     
    Thanks Tyler!!!!
    Thank you Tyler! This was the most incredible burger I have ever made. I will never EVER make hamburgers any other way!! Everyone kept making "yummy noises" while they were eating!! Just a bit of kosher salt and fresh pepper....then onto the grill. OUTSTANDING!
    One word amazing hamburger, didnt use all the add ons, left out bacon and tomato. Still a fantastic burger.
     

     
    Brilliant idea to use brisket.
     

     
    Thank you Sir!!
     

     
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    I kept it kinda simple and did the sea salt tomatoes and caramelized onions, but did without the mushrooms and bacon. I didn't want to disguise the taste of the burger itself, as it was my 1st time using the ground brisket. The brisket made a thick, meaty and juicy burger and it was really good! I have to say, though, I think I'm still a "sirloin at heart" kinda guy, but the taste between the sirloin and brisket is so distinct and delicious. The horseradish/mayo/herb spread was light yet stood out on the toasted buns. I love watching Tyler in the kitchen. He's smooth and just has a natural flow in the kitchen, and he makes you want to make the dish he's prepared. Thanks, Tyler.
    I actually used ground sirloin because that's what I had on hand. I used good buns from the bakery and that really made a difference. My cheese of choice is actually montery jack so I used it instead of swis. I let my burgers go to well done sadly but they were still great. Tops with the horseradish mayo, sauteed onions, and crispy bacon(trust Tyler and do it in the oven, makes a big difference) and these burgers are amazing. Next time I will try with brisket because it is one of my favorite cuts of beef.
    I made these for my stepsons last night and they were devoured. The oldest one actually hid a burger for later! I made these with the steak fries, which were just as good! I didn't have enough olive oil to make the sauteed mushrooms, but I did have everything else, and they were delicious. Used parsley for the mayo, and cooked the onions on low for almost an hour to carmelize (burned the first batch) Thanks Tyler, I'm making your chicken pot pie recipe next week!!!
    Tyler...you da man!!
     

     
    Caught the show yesterday by chance. The recipes you showcase are without a doubt the ultimate. My family was wowed by these burgers. At first there was resistance about the horseradish but with a little convincing I won them over and now they are hooked.
     

     

     

     
    Roxanne
     
    Portsmouth, NH
    When I went to the butcher to ask for ground brisket, he laughed at me. But I bought it anyways and boy was it worth it. I made the burgers in an enameled cast iron pan, and they were juicy and tender. The thyme/garlic mushrooms, the horseradish mayo, and the rosemary bacon were all amazing and really easy to put together. My fiance said it was phenomenal. I will definitely make this again.
    This had to be the best burger made at home I ever had. I honestly feel like you cannot go wrong with anything Tyler cooks.
    My husband and I have made these burgers several times and each time we eat it we can not believe how good it is. This has to be one of my favorite recipes of all time. I will never cook another boring burger again!!!!! Thank you Tyler for another great recipe.
    I have eaten a lot and I mean a lot of burgers in my 37 years, and this recipe is hands down the best burger I have ever eaten. I beg all of you to take the time and find a brisket, I got ours at Wal-Mart (marked down) and then used a hand grinder to grind it myself, believe me when I say it's worth the little bit of effort. The onions, the mayo horsradish sauce was wonderful. I ate burgers for two days after this recipe. I can't wait for the summer so I can showcase this burger to my friends and family. You go Tyler!!!!!!!!!
    i was flipping through the chanels and saw this recipe and i had to try this. it looked so easy and good. i've always wanted to kick up my hamburgers a bit and this recipe done it. i used ground chuck because it was late and i couldnt find ground brisket. not a fan of swiss cheese but it tasted good on the burgers. my family loved this and the oven fries too. thanks tyler.
    This is the best burger I've ever had and I haven't made it yet with the brisket. I just finally found a place (Costco) that sells brisket. I grew having burger with only mayo, mustard and ketchup then moved up with lettuce, onions and tomatoes. Don't need all that with this burger. I have this burger at least every other week. Way to go Tyler!
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