Stuffed Burgers with Pickled Shallots

May 26, 2021
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Created by Chef Lesli Sommerdorf
4 hours
Serves 4
INGREDIENTS:
  • Pickled shallots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 shallots, sliced into rings
  • Burgers
  • 2 lb 80% lean ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 lb Belton Farm Red Leicester, cubed
  • 4 Harmons hamburger buns toasted
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Arugula
  • 8 sliced tomatoes
DIRECTIONS:

To make the pickled shallots, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add water, vinegar, sugar, and salt and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Add shallots, let cool. Transfer to a glass or plastic container and refrigerate, for at least 4 hours.

To make the burgers, in a bowl, combine beef, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Divide beef into 4 portions. Split each portion in half and flatten to 1/2” thickness. Place a piece of cheese in center of patty. Top with remaining half portion, seal edges by pinching with fingers and press an indent into center of burger.

Preheat a grill pan or frying pan over medium-high heat. Season burgers with salt and pepper and add to pan. Cook on first side until meat has formed a crust, 5-7 minutes. Turn over and cook on second side until desired doneness, 128° for medium-rare, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to plate to rest.

Slather buns with desired condiments. Add arugula, burger, tomatoes, drained pickled shallots, and remaining top bun.