For this week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays we’re finally making the same recipes each week we cook together! For the past couple of months, we’ve been given the choice of whatever recipe we like, given that shopping hasn’t been normal (and, in the early days of Covid, definitely not easy sometimes) but as things settle down (at least when it comes to grocery shopping), we are back on track working together!
This week’s recipe was Three Pepper Burgers, which have “lots of what you might put on top of a good burger, packed right inside it.” The very first iteration of this burger was the Café Salle Pleyel Burger that we made for French Fridays with Dorie (from Around my French Table). These “inside out burgers” according to Dorie (when she first published the recipe for her Everyday Dorie column in The Washington Post) are:
based on the idea of packing as much flavor as I could into the burger from the get-go. It had to be as good pan-seared in the dead of winter as it is grilled in the summer; as good on a plate over salad as on a bun; as good with a bunch of toppings as with only salt and pepper; and as good with lean beef as with fatty (or with my favorite: a mix of ground chuck and brisket). It was a lot to ask from a quarter-pounder, but I got it with the Tri-Pepper Burger.
The Three Pepper Burger has, obviously three different types of peppers (roasted red peppers, Peppadews and jalapeño peppers). I couldn’t find Peppadews so I just used bell peppers. Inside the burger there is also grated cheese (use a sharp cheddar here) and herbs (I used basil and parsley), salt and pepper. No egg, no breadcrumbs. As a result – the patties are quite fragile so make sure you chop the peppers (the fresh ones especially) very finely. I didn’t do such a good job with this so we had to be careful cooking these on the barbecue so they didn’t fall apart.
Fall-apartiness apart (that’s SO a word!), these were SUPER tasty and I’ll be using the “inside out” idea for my burgers this summer 🙂
Get the recipe for Dorie Greenspan’s Three Pepper Burgers on page 138 of Everyday Dorie or here.
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