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    America's Greatest Gourmet Burgers

    America's Greatest Gourmet Burgers. Photo by arimabago

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    50 mins

    25 mins

    25 mins

    Manami's Note:

    Curtis Stones' take on the American classic, taken from Episode 161: Ava's Menu, from his popular TV Show. I was watching the show and it looked so good that we decided to make it ourselves. Well, it was delicious! Took a little poetic license with it, though.

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    FOR THE BOIS BOUDRAN SAUCE

    FOR THE BURGERS

    Directions:

    1. 1
      TO MAKE THE BOUDRAN SAUCE:.
    2. 2
      Place the vinegar in a large bowl. Gradually add the oil, whisking constantly, until blended.
    3. 3
      Whisk in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Whisk in the ketchup, chives and tarragon. Set aside.
    4. 4
      TO PREPARE THE BURGERS:.
    5. 5
      Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy nonstick small.
    6. 6
      sauté pan over medium heat. Add shallots.
    7. 7
      Sprinkle with salt and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent.Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    8. 8
      Gently mix the ground beef, parsley, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes(if using), shallots and garlic in large bowl until well blended. Mix in egg. (Don't overwork it - it will become too dense!).
    9. 9
      Divide the beef mixture into 4 equal mounds and shape each into a 4" diameter patty. Set the patties aside.
    10. 10
      Lay the bacon slices in a heavy nonstick large frying pan and cook over medium heat about 8-10 minutes or until crisp and golden. (Can also use the microwave method).
    11. 11
      Remove from heat and set aside; allow to rest for 1 minute. Transfer to paper towels and break the bacon slices in half.
    12. 12
      Lightly toast the brioche buns cut side up for 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted.
    13. 13
      Meanwhile, heat a heavy large nonstick griddle pan or heavy large sauté pan over medium heat.
    14. 14
      Drizzle the pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook the patties 2-3 minutes or until brown on the bottom.
    15. 15
      Turn the patties over. Top the patties with Gruyère cheese and cook about 3 minutes longer or until the patties are cooked to medium-rare doneness.
    16. 16
      Set the patties on the bun bottoms. Place the crispy bacon on top of the patties.
    17. 17
      Heat a heavy large nonstick sauté pan over high heat until it begins to smoke.
    18. 18
      Add the foie gras (if using) and cook for 25 seconds on each side until the foie gras is cooked on the outside but still soft in the center (you will need the fan on full force for foie gras it will release a lot of fat that will begin to smoke - next to health reasons - another reason we did not cook - all the smoke alarms!).
    19. 19
      Place the foie gras on top of the bacon on the patties.
    20. 20
      Shave the truffle(if using, we didn't, price.
    21. 21
      too exorbitant, and we dislike them)very thinly over the foie gras (you may not need the entire truffle - Curtis used summer truffles, said they are cheaper).
    22. 22
      Serve a little drizzle of the Boudran sauce on top of burgers and then cover with the bun tops.
    23. 23
      We served it with Boudran sauce, sautéed mushrooms, oven fries, mixed greens salad and a dessert of fresh fruit.
    24. 24
      We made a fancy burger into a classy meal!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 16, 2009

      55

      Great burgers! I had no time to make the bois boudran, but the flavor of the burgers was lovely.

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    • on June 18, 2008

      55

      Phenomenal! Everything went together amazingly well!

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    • on October 25, 2006

      55

      Di, these were sensational!! I did not add the bacon nor the cheese. Served on sourdough toasted bread, with salad and also had on hand a bbq balsamic sauce I previously reviewed and which I served as an aleternative as well..also roasted baby potatoes...we were in heaven...who needs take-out!

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    Nutritional Facts for America's Greatest Gourmet Burgers

    Serving Size: 1 (316 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1022.5
     
    Calories from Fat 698
    68%
    Total Fat 77.6 g
    119%
    Saturated Fat 26.5 g
    132%
    Cholesterol 212.3 mg
    70%
    Sodium 1532.7 mg
    63%
    Total Carbohydrate 33.7 g
    11%
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    5%
    Sugars 10.5 g
    42%
    Protein 46.7 g
    93%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    sherry wine vinegar

    foie gras

    black truffles

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