The Today Show aired an excellent piece on making a world famous burger yesterday. Although there was a little confusion from the anchorwomen about grass-fed vs. corn-fed beef and beef as a healthy part of a well-balanced diet, I think this piece accomplished something we all strive for: increasing beef demand. And, I bet that a lot of folks went home and made burgers on the grill last night. Watch the video below.
With its hefty price tag, this is not your average backyard burger. Chef John Greeley of the world-famous 21 Club in New York City shares how you can make this gourmet burger at home.
John Greeley, executive chef of 21 Club
Yield: 4 burgers
• 1 pound chuck (cut into cubes)
• 1 pound top round (cut into cubes)
• 1/2 cup beef fat (cleaned and cut into cubes)
• 1/2 cup onion (minced)
• 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
• 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary (to infuse oil)
• 1 tablespoon pickling spice
• 1 tablespoon black tellicherry pepper (fresh ground)
• 1 pinch cayenne (optional)
• 1/2 egg (lightly beaten)
• 2 tablespoons duck or pork fat (rendered and melted to room temp)
1. In bowl over ice (to keep meat from turning brown), blend all ingredients by hand.
2. Run through meat grinder twice. (OK to also blend by hand.)
3. Form into 12-ounce meat balls, then form into burgers with small pie tin.
4. Wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to set.
5. Brush burger with oil, clean and oil grill, and cook on moderate heat.
6. Do not press down on burgers while cooking or overcook.
BEEF Daily Quick Fact: A three-ounce serving of beef is a good source of niacin, which promotes healthy skin and nerves, aids digestion, and fosters normal appetite; and one three-ounce serving of beef is also a good source of riboflavin, which helps the body use energy and promotes healthy skin and good vision.