Oozy nacho cheese sauce, jalapenos, and salsa. Need I say more? What if I put it on top of juicy burger and between two fresh, buttered, brioche hamburger buns? Did you drool a little? Because I did when I first saw this burger on the cover of Food & Wine. This burger is the sort of thing my dreams are made of.
After drooling over the photo on the cover of the magazine for almost a year, I finally made it for myself this weekend. I have to say, it was just as delicious as I thought it would be. Of course I did make a few small changes. First, the tomatoes at my grocer looked really pathetic, so rather than making my own salsa I bought some of the good pre-made stuff from the refrigerated section (the kind in the plastic tub with flecks of real fresh cilantro and onions). I also added a dash of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce (Cholula) to the burger meat. Mmmm!
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 Tbsp fresh grated Parmesan cheese or Pecorino cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1-2 tsp hot sauce
1-2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
salt & pepper
4 hamburger buns, salsa, jarred jalapenos, and blue corn chips for assembly
In a small saucepan over medium heat melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds. Slowly pour in the milk while whisking. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and thickened, whisking continuously. Add the shredded Monterey Jack in several increments, allowing each to fully melt before adding the next, until it has all melted. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool and thicken.
Prepare a grill or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. While the grill or grill pan is heating, mix together the ground beef, hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Divide meat into four and form patties. Lightly brush with oil. Grill for about 4 minutes then flip and grill for another 4 minutes. While the patties are finishing toast the inside of the buns.
To assemble, place burgers on toasted buns and then top with cheese sauce, salsa, jalapenos, and crushed blue corn chips.
What else can you put between delicious homemade brioche buns?