Jarlsberger in Paradise with Fresh Pineapple Salsa
We always hear about how to build a better burger, but how about a best burger? We asked chef Kory Wollins, owner of Burgers, Shakes & Fries—located in Fairfield County, CT, and recipient of numerous best hamburger awards—to share some tips on how to elevate the humble home hamburger to gourmet status.
- Prime, fresh and local is best. “If you can, use prime, hormone-free ground beef—an 80/20% lean to fat ratio—and have your butcher grind it. I prefer to use local purveyors, who custom-blend, and order local ingredients whenever possible, too.”
- Go with griddled bread. “I know most reach for the roll, but I like buttered, griddled white bread. For me, the bread to meat ratio is a better balance; it’s what sets my hamburger apart from the others.”
- Don’t skimp on condiments. “No generic, canned or processed ingredients in or on my hamburgers! I use authentic traditional cheeses, caramelize my own onions, and prepare many of the condiments in-house. For the very best burger experience at home, you should do the same.”
- Cook your hamburger with the same passion as you would a gourmet meal. “With fifteen years in the food business, watching trends come and go, I noticed there weren’t many burger-centric places knocking it out of the park. I was confident that offering a limited menu to focus on producing a few things perfectly was the way to go. So, whenever hamburger is on your menu, give it the same attention you would a special meal.”
Make this signature Paradise Jarlsberger, courtesy of Chef Wollins, your go-to summertime gourmet hamburger treat.
Jarlsberger in Paradise
(Makes 1 burger)
6 oz fresh ground chuck (80/20 lean/fat ratio) formed into a patty approximately 1/2 inch thick and 5 inches in diameter
2 slices firm white bread
2 tablespoons softened butter
2 thin slices Jarlsberg, about 1.5 oz
1/2 cup fresh pineapple salsa
Fresh Pineapple Salsa
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp chopped fresh garlic
1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
1 cup diced fresh pineapple-1/2 inch cubes
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons diced fresh jalapeño (no seeds no ribs)
2 tablespoons diced sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Add butter and olive oil to sauté pan over medium heat. When butter stops foaming add garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant and just starting to lightly brown, about 1 minute. Add pineapple to pan and sauté until fruit has given up almost all of its liquid and most of the pieces are translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add honey and toss to coat in pan for about one minute more. Remove from heat and place in a medium sized bowl. While mixture is still hot, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste and then let the relish cool in the refrigerator for at least two hours to let the flavors blend.
To assemble burger: Let relish come to room temperature covered for about one hour. Preheat broiler to low and set oven rack as high as possible in your oven. Salt and pepper the burger on one side and place on broiler tray in oven (I wrap my tray with aluminum foil for easy cleanup). Cook burger on first side for 4 minutes then flip burger and continue to cook for another three minutes. While burger is broiling, butter one side of each slice of white bread with 1 tablespoon of softened butter and toast in sauté pan till golden brown on butter side and then flip and lightly toast unbuttered side. When bread is done place on a piece of aluminum foil to keep warm in bottom of oven. Remove burger, top with sliced Jarlsberg and return to broiler for 1 more minute. Remove burger to a plate and let rest for at least two minutes.
Place one piece of toast on plate butter side down, top with burger and 1/2 cup of pineapple relish (remaining relish can be stored for up to 1 week in the refrigerator). Top with remaining slice of bread and enjoy.
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