SO I'VE COME TO THE of another National Burger Month—one that saw me get far more involved in than I did last year!—and I decided to cap it off with a burger of my own. Apropos of my also putting together a list of my Top 10 Favorite NYC Burgers, I thought it fitting to create a burger honoring this very city: the Big Apple Burger.
Buying 12 ounce cut of a N.Y. Strip steak and having it ground right there at Fairway, I stirred in about half a cup of organic applesauce—to add some moisture and highlight the beef's natural sweetness—with some salt and fresh-cracked pepper. While grilling it in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat, I peeled, cored, halved, and thinly sliced a Red Delicious apple and sautéed the slices with some likewise thinly-sliced shallots in some butter, olive oil, stirring them while seasoning them with salt, pepper, sage, and a bit of cumin.
In a small pot I also reduced a half bottle of hard cider by half, then stirred it into some grain mustard with some cider vinegar. On my fourth and last available stove-top burner I crisped up four slices of applewood-smoked bacon.
With a sturdy and airy poppyseed bun being the only thing barely keeping my fingers dry as I happily indulge in this yummy and indulgent burger masterpiece (if I say so myself!), I happily honored the end of National Burger Month, and celebrated both the burger in general, and the best burger city that spawns the culinary creativity that makes all of its food an art form.
Bun Apple Tea!
Big Apple Burger | Applesauce-Infused Ground N.Y. Strip Steak Burger with Sage-Sautéed Sliced Red Delicious Apples, Sharp N.Y. State Cheddar, Applewood-Smoked Bacon, and Hard Cider Grain Mustard