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  • Beans Prime Beef Burgers w/ Gorganzola & Special Sauce

    Bean Posted April 19, 2006 08:04 AM
    This was on Tony Danza's show today. Looks good, minus the gorgonzola and maybe adding feta or just American cheese.

    Prime Beef Burgers with Gorgonzola and Special Sauce

    Prepared on the show by Wolfgang Puck - 04/19/2006

    Prime Beef Burgers with Gorgonzola and Special Sauce - makes 12 mini burgers

    3/4 pound prime ground beef, such as Kobe-style
    Pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    6 tablespoons crumbled gorgonzola cheese
    6 slices Brioche bread, centers cut out with a 2-inch round cookie cutter to make 12 rounds
    Special Sauce (recipe follows)
    Arugula leaves
    6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
    3 cornichons, sliced
    Preheat a grill or grill pan.
    Put the ground beef in a bowl and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper.
    Mix together with your hands to combine.
    Take a small amount (about 2 tablespoons worth) of the ground beef and roll it in the palm of your hand like you are making meatballs.
    Flatten the top slightly and put the mini burger patties on a side plate.
    Drizzle the burgers with a little olive oil and season the tops with salt and pepper.
    Turn the burgers over and season the other side.
    Lay the burgers on the hot grill. Cook for 3 minutes, then turn them over with tongs.
    Put about 1 teaspoon of gorgonzola cheese on top of the burgers, allowing it to melt.
    While that's cooking, put the brioche circles on the grill. Let them toast slightly on both sides, about 2 minutes total time.
    Put the burgers together: Put the toasted brioche circles on a platter.
    Top each with a small spoonful of the special sauce.
    Put a mini burger on top of the bread (cheese side up), followed by an arugula leaf, a slice of tomato and a slice of pickle (cornichon).
    Serve open-faced.

    Special Sauce - makes about one cup
    Combine 3/4 cup of Thousand Island dressing with 2 tablespoons of bottled barbecue sauce and a little bit of diced red onion.
    Stir to combine.