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Big Burgers

August 27, 2010

This is fantastic burger recipe that I saw on the Rachael Ray Show. Rachael Ray is the queen of fast and easy meals. She is more or less into that no stress kind of cooking and most of her recipes are quick and painless. (Usually you will see recipes on here that I made recent, however, last night, well I really did not like what I made. Stay tuned for that recipe when I get it right.) This burger I made last year and about 5 times since then. It has a few components, the homemade cheese sauce and roasted tomatoes are good combo.

Burgers / Rachael Ray Recipe

3 vine-ripened tomatoes (for four burgers), sliced about 1/4-inch thick
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
Black pepper for seasoning, plus 1 teaspoon coarse ground
2 pounds coarse ground sirloin
3 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
4 Kaiser rolls, toasted
7-8 leaves red lead or red romaine lettuce, shredded
1/2 cup basil leaves, about 8-10 leaves, thinly sliced
1/4 cup balsamic drizzle

Balsamic Drizzle is another recipe on its own buts its easy and I use it to drizzle over steak, chicken anything. All is it is I cup Balsamic Vinegar and 2 tablespoons brown sugar brought to a boil and then the heat is reduced for ten mins. You know its ready when it has a syrup consistency.

Directions for Burger:
Place a cooling rack over a baking sheet. Arrange tomatoes on the rack then drizzle with a touch of Olive Oil and season the tomato slices with salt and pepper. Roast tomatoes 45 minutes.

When the tomatoes are about ready, place a large skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of Olive Oil, about 2 tablespoons. While the pan is heating up combine the sirloin with some salt and pepper and form into 4 patties, thicker at edges and thinner in the center for even cooking and to insure you end up with a flat burger as the burger bulges up during cooking. Cook patties 10 minutes for medium-rare patties turning once. Cook 12 minutes for pink centers and 14 minutes for well-done.

While the patties are cooking, place a small pot over medium-high heat with the butter. Add the garlic to the melted butter and cook for about 1 minute. Add the flour to the pan and cook for about 1 minute. Whisk the milk into the butter-flour mixture and bring up to a bubble. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt, lots of pepper (about 1 teaspoon) and stir in the cheese. Prepare balsamic drizzle in small pot if not using store-bought.

To assemble, place some lettuce on the bun bottom and top with a burger patty, pour Parmigiano sauce over top, set a roasted tomatoes in sauce, scatter basil over burgers and garnish balsamic drizzle, set tops in place.

Recipe found on Rachael Ray Show. all rights this recipe are found on

One Comment leave one →
  1. Aunt Donna permalink
    August 27, 2010 6:25 pm

    I think I might try this, looks really good and easy. Good for a quick meal.

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