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The "Bones" Burger

I wanted to create a burger that was the perfect complement to red wine. This burger incorporates three things that go great with red wine (blue cheese, apples and pistachio nuts) and is my deconstructed interpration of the "Bones" salad in the form of a burger.

Ingredients 

Dressing
1 egg yolk
½ raspberry balsamic vinegar
½ cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 cups Berio Olive Oil
Pistachio Tapenade
2 cups roasted pistachio nuts
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon fresh Basil
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 shallot
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
½ teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Patties
2/3 lb. Ground sirloin
2/3 lb. Ground chuck
2/3 lb. Ground round
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 Tablespoon Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon
2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 cloves chopped garlic
¼ cup fresh basil chiffonade
1 head Boston bibb lettuce
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Granny Smith apple cored and sliced into thin slices
1 Lemon
6 whole wheat Kaiser rolls
Vegetable oil to lubricate the grate of the grill

Instructions 

To make dressing combine in a mixing bowl the egg yolk, Dijon mustard, sugar, dried oregano, dried basil and balsamic vinegar and whish together once combined drizzle in olive oil while continually whisking. Once combined cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until sandwich is put together To make pistachio tapenade place pistachio nuts, clove of garlic, basil, parsley, shallot, lemon peel and salt in food processor and pulse three times, then drizzle in olive oil while pulsing three more times. Move to a bowl and put aside until you are ready to put together. To make burgers combine in a bowl ground sirloin, ground chuck, ground round, salt, pepper, Cabernet Sauvignon. Mix the ingredients and make 12 patties equal in size. In a separate bowl combine Maytag blue cheese, chopped garlic and basil into six patties. Place blue cheese patties on top of six of the burgers then place the other burger on top and seal the two burger patties around the blue cheese patties to create 6 patties. Place small thumbprint in top and bottom of each burger to prevent burgers from swelling up. To cook burgers preheat gas grill to 450 degrees then brush grill rack with oil to prevent burgers from sticking and place burgers on grill, cook for 6 minutes and then turn burgers to other side and cook for 6 more minutes at 450 digress. Take burgers off grill and put aside on a plate to rest for 10 minutes. While burgers are resting place Kaisers on grill face down for 60 seconds to toast. Take buns off grill. To prepare apples squeeze the juice of a lemon into a bowl and then wash, decore and slice the granny smith apple into thin slices using a mandolin. Brush the 6 biggest apple slices with lemon juice on both sides using a pastry brush to keep apple from browning. Next lightly dust each side of the apple slices with the cinnamon. To prepare the Boston Bibb Lettuce remove the core and break down into 12 leaves in a bowl and then spoon on 6 tablespoons of dressing and toss the leaves to coat. To build the burgers take the bottom of the Kaiser and place two leaves on each bottom, place burgers on top of the lettuce leaves. Place one apple slice on top of each of the burgers, then take the top of each Kaiser and evenly spread 1 Tablespoon of the pistachio tappenade on each top. Place the tops on the burger, slice the sandwiches in half and enjoy.

Comments 

Since you already had to open the bottle of Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon you must enjoy a glass with this burger.