Where does a good burger begin and end? Everyone likes their burger in so many different ways. It’s like the BLT, which we pondered on for a while as well. You may not have asked us yet, but we will tell you what makes a good burger: tender, flavorful meat and an awesome bun. You may think that both halves of the Duo love the same things, but it’s not true. Not in the least. Amir is not a fan of bread. He cannot fathom eating bread as is. He sees bread as a vessel, a carrier of other good eats. On the other hand, Chrystal has a slight obsession. Give her a baguette, some butter and maybe a sprinkle of salt, and she will be a happy camper. If you’re not on an Atkins diet, you have to admit that a great burger must sit on delicious bread. A terrible bun can ruin a burger. So that’s where we’ll start.
Thanks to the recipe we tweaked from Rosa at Rosa’s Yummy Yums, we found a bun recipe that was indeed yummy. Fluffy, soft and melt in your mouth. Fluffier than normal due to the fact that we used bread flour. (Chrystal is still dreaming about these buns!) Now the burger itself–the amazingly delectable veal burger–was a masterpiece. We love the moisture and flavor of veal, which, when combined with olive oil packed sundried tomatoes and bright basil, really explodes with each bite. You may be asking what those white slices are just under the bun. It’s fresh parmesan baby. You can never go wrong with a little cheese!
Sundried Tomato and Basil Veal Burgers on Rosemary Onion Rolls – Serves 4
Buns (Adapted from Rosa’s Yummy Yums)
1 cup water, lukewarm
1 package rapid rise yeast
2 tablespoons honey
1/8 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon milk
1 egg yolk
Dried onion flakes
1 pound ground veal
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup panko crumbs
12-14 leaves fresh basil, roughly chopped
4 sundried tomato halves, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1. Sprinkle the yeast into the water and stir in honey, sugar and butter. Set aside for about 5 minutes, or until frothy.
2. Pour yeast mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add egg and combine slowly. Incorporate flour one cup at a time until dough is sticky, yet pulls away from the edge of the bowl.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured working surface and knead for about 3-5 minutes minutes until you’ve made a soft, smooth round of dough. Place the dough in a bowl doused with vegetable oil, cover it with a towel and let rise approximately 30-40 minutes or until doubled in size.
4. Dump dough back onto a lightly floured surface and knead 1-2 minutes. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and shape each piece into a ball. Place the balls of dough on lightly oiled baking sheets about 3 inches apart and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
5. Whisk egg yolk and milk and glaze the buns with the mixture, then sprinkle with rosemary and onion. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove them from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
6. While buns cool, use your hands to mix all of the ingredients for the veal burgers until just incorporated.
7. Divide into 4 balls and press into slightly flattened patties. Cook on the stove or grill at medium high heat to desired doneness, approximately 3-4 minutes per side for medium.
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