Summer and a juicy grilled burger go together like peanut butter and jam… peas and carrots…or in this case, pepper jack and garlic aioli. And lucky for me, burger inspiration moved in right across the street! There is a new burger place in town friends, and it’s called Rustic Burger.
Word on the street (I spend a lot of time on the streets) was that Rustic Burger has a burger that has to be seen and eaten to be believed. I was intrigued. I knew as soon as I took a look at the chalkboard menu I was going to be very happy! There were so many mouth watering choices, after much consideration I decided on this one…
The Farm Burger.
The Farm Burger is made up of a brisket beef patty, pepper jack cheese, bacon, braised pork belly, one egg over easy, arugula and aioli. IT WAS THE BEST BURGER I HAVE EVER EATEN…and yes, I split it with a friend. But it was so delicious I could have easily eaten the entire thing myself.
Rustic Burger makes nine different gourmet burgers with options like chili (made in house) caramelized onions, pineapple and red onion, avocado, bacon and tomato…even kimchi!
Rustic also bakes their hamburger buns fresh daily and offer a gluten free bun. And for my grain free friends, Rustic Burger is happy to wrap your burger in lettuce. Rustic Burger has something for everyone! They are even working on a vegan veggie burger patty. But they don’t just make burgers, they also have an amazing assortment of sides and salads. (<—take a peek)
Rustic Burger is located in Valencia California, those of you lucky enough to live nearby should definitely pay a visit because you won’t be able to make a burger better or less expensively yourself!
Those of you that live too far away to pay a visit, do not despair because I am going to share the recipe for my version of The Rustic Farm burger and the secrets of making the perfect burger!
The Secrets to Making a Perfect Burger!
There are common mistakes made when making a burger that can take your burger from fab to dry and flavorless in no time! So read and learn….
Don’t go for lean when it comes to a burger. Lean ground beef makes for a dry, flavorless burger. Keep it 80/20. Yup, 20% fat that is what I’m talking about! Don’t be putting your hands all over it either. Just take a portion of ground beef and form it into a patty with as little handling as possible. Overhandling makes a burger less tender. If you can, use grass fed beef. Better for you, better for the planet. If you want to know why, click!
Make the patty a half inch wider than your bun. Otherwise it will shrink and appear miniscule, even with toppings. 6oz of meat ought to do it. About 3/4 of an inch thick. Make sure the patty is flat so toppings will stay put.
Always season after forming patties. Salt dries out food so add it only to the surface instead of working it in. I use Maldons Sea Salt. And love my battery operated pepper grinder because I can handle the burger patty with one hand and season with the other! I usually keep seasoning simple, sea salt and pepper. The flavor on our burger comes from the toppings and aioli spread.
Prepping the Grill and Cooking:
Before firing up the BBQ, clean and oil the the grill. Actually it’s best to clean the grill after the last use. Simply remove whatever you have been cooking, turn off heat and scrape with wire brush. Then when you are ready to use the BBQ again, just use a paper towel with a little coconut oil on it to wipe down the grill and prevent sticking. And whatever you do don’t press on the hamburgers with your spatula! That presses out the juices that make a moist, flavorful burger. Cook at 400 degrees for 5-6 minutes for medium…that is how I like it. But if you like it well done then cook it for 10 minutes, I won’t judge you.
Now that you know how to make a perfect burger let’s talk toppings!
The Rustic’s Farm Burger is a masterpiece, I don’t expect you to duplicate it exactly. Braising pork belly yourself to top a burger might be a little too much even for my die hard foodie following. But hey, if you would like to give it a go, check out this braised pork belly recipe. Or you can make a version of this burger yourself that is quite delicious and less work. How do I know? Because I did it! Here is my version inspired by The Rustic’s Farm Burger….
The Organic Kitchen Burger
Author: Linda Spiker
Recipe type: Dinner
- PER BURGER: 6oz grass fed beef, 80/20 ratio (20% fat)
- Sea Salt
- aioli (recipe below)
- avocado slices
- 2 slices bacon, cooked to your liking
- 1 slice of your favorite cheese (I use raw cheddar from Whole Food's or Sprouts)
- 1 egg cooked sunny side up
- hamburger bun
- Aioli ingredients:
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 large eggs
- 1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- pinch of sea salt
- a few turns freshly ground black pepper
- ¾ cup olive oil
- Have aioli and bacon prepared in advance. Make egg, sunny side up right before burgers are done.
- To Prepare aioli: Combine eggs, lemon juice, salt and pepper in blender or food processor and begin processing. Process for 60 seconds then slowly drizzle olive oil in, blending until mixture begins to emulsify. When aioli has the consistency of mayonnaise add mustard and garlic and blend a little more. Serve.
- Without overworking meat, form patties making them ½" wider than bun.
- Season with sea salt and pepper and set aside.
- Use a paper towel to wipe coconut oil on grill. Turn heat to 400 degrees.
- Cook meat to liking, place a slice of cheese on the burger the last minute of cooking.
- Remove from grill.
- Spread bun with aioli, place burger on bun, top with arugula, bacon, avocado slices, and egg. Last , add the top bun spread with aioli!
You know what would taste great with this burger? This salad from “My Favorite Restaurants Series: Part 1″ and my recipe for corn off the cob (pictured above).
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