Season 4, Episode 9

Burger Smackdown

It's another faceoff between the Italian Stallion, Michael Chiarello and the Ragin' Cajun, Jan Birnbaum. The challenge this time? We're going all American with a contest to make the best burgers ever. Gentlemen, start your grills!


Day Before Party:

  • Put 2 ½ cups of water in bowl, with salt, and lemon juice for Poached Peaches Della Nonna.

  • Cut vanilla beans in half for the boiling water.

  • Peel peaches and poach for 4 or 5 minutes.

  • Cut potatoes into 6 wedges for steak fries.

  • Put potatoes in cool water, with salt and bring to boil.

  • Remove peaches and let cool.

  • Put pint of raspberries and poaching liquid into a blender and puree. Strain.

  • Mix hamburger meat with olive oil, and pre-peeled roasted garlic pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge.

  • Toss potatoes into mix of olive oil and barbeque spice.

2 Hours Before Party:

  • On a pre-heated pan place potato wedges into a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.

  • Cut up portabella mushrooms and put in pan with 6 tablespoons of olive oil.

  • Mix Dijon mustard, garlic paste, thyme, salt, pickle juice, pickles, and peppers for a condiment.

  • Add a ¼ cup of shallots, 2 tablespoons of sliced garlic, and two teaspoons of thyme, salt, and pepper. Add a cup of red wine.

  • Toss in a ½ cup of parsley.

  • Cut onions. Marinate with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and red wine.

  • Mix hamburger meat with tobassco sauce. Mold into patties.

At Party:

  • Put hamburgers and onions on grill. Baste hamburger with garlic oil.

  • Top burger with blue cheese.

  • Mix Wet n’ Slippery.

  • Top burger with condiment and sautéed mushrooms.

  • Top burger with onions.

Eat and Enjoy!

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Recipes From This Episode

Crispy Baked Potato Wedges

Pesche alla Nonna

Roasted Garlic Burger

Wet and Slippery

Where's the Beef Burger

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