BA’s Double Ralph Lauren Burger

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This weekend I kicked off summer with my annual rose wine party. The tradition is simple: I invite a fun group of friends over and ask everyone to bring a bottle of rose wine, I prepare a delicious meal and outdoor setting. The results typically conclude with much debauchery, a major chance of hangovers and a slight risk of regrets (none of note in 2015).  Undoubtedly, always memorable events.

This year I prepared Bon Appetit’s June cover – Ralph Lauren’s Double Burger. As you can see in the photo, it’s pretty incredible. A heavy helping of homemade special sauce, a grilled slab of beef chuck and think cut bacon plus the summer’s best tomato. They were delicious and perfect for a picnic table dinner. And, soaked up plenty of rose.

Save this one for a perfect summer party.

BA’s Double Ralph Lauren Burger, Bon Appetit Magazine 

  • ½ cup mayonnaise 
  • cup ketchup (preferably Heinz
  • 2 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cornichons
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce (preferably Tabasco)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds ground beef chuck (20% fat)
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces  cheddar , thinly sliced
  • 8 sesame buns, toasted
  • 16 slices bacon, cooked
  • Green leaf lettuce, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, and sliced pickles 
Mix mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, cornichons, onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and hot sauce in a small bowl; season sauce with salt and pepper.
Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Divide beef into 8 portions (about 6 oz. each). Working with 1 portion at a time, cup your hands around the meat and begin to gently shape it into a round patty, being careful not to pack the meat too tightly. Lightly press down on patty to flatten, then press a slight indentation into the center with your thumb (this will prevent patties from bulging when cooked).
Generously season both sides of patties with salt and grill 5 minutes. Turn and top with cheese. Cover grill and cook until cheese is melted and patties are medium-rare, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to a platter and let rest 5 minutes.
Build burgers with buns, patties, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and special sauce.

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