I bought some ground beef at the Farmer's Market (direct from the source!), and decided it was a night for hamburgers. But true to form, it had to be an extra special hamburger. I wanted interesting textures and flavors INSIDE the burger as well as on top as condiments. It became a fun challenge - and I settled on an open faced burger in order to easily pile more stuff on top. :)
|Kale: before baking|
|Baked Kale Chips|
1 1/2 - 2 lb. ground beef
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 - 6 dashes, Worcestershire sauce (plus 2 dashes at the end)
1/4 pound Gruyere, cubed
4-6 stalks Asparagus, chopped
1 sweet onion, sliced
1 tomato, sliced thick
I used the same pan for the whole dish - so in a large pan, heat up some olive oil and saute the mushrooms and garlic with a pinch of salt. Set aside once cooked through to cool. While this is cooling, wipe out the pan and add a little more olive oil. Cook the onions without salt for 10 - 12 minutes, until they brown lightly and soften. Set aside. Wipe out the pan again, and add some olive oil and saute the asparagus until tender. Set aside. Wipe the pan, and heat it over medium-high heat without olive oil. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with the mushroom & garlic mixture. Add salt & pepper to taste, and 4-6 dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Add the cubes of cheese and mix thoroughly. Divide the mixture up into four even patties. As you're forming the patties, be aware of any cheese cubes that might be sticking out. Push them in with your finger so that all the cheese is contained within the burger. These would be great grilled, but I don't have a grill - so 8-10 minutes in the hot pan per side. Press the burger to check for done-ness (or if you're unsure, you can make a small cut and check the inside).
Open a potato bun and add some chipotle mayonnaise. Once the burgers are done, add a patty to each bun (top and bottom). Pile the chopped asparagus over the hamburgers, and then add the onions. Finally top with a thick slice of tomato, and add one dash of Worcestershire sauce to each to finish it off.
Baked Kale Chips
1 large bunch Kale, washed & torn into pieces by hand
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay out the washed kale on a baking sheet, drizzle over olive oil, salt & pepper. Mix by hand to ensure each piece of kale is coated. Make sure the kale is lying in a single layer. Into the oven for about 20 minutes - keep an eye on it to watch for crispiness. I like mine quite crispy, but you could take it out when it still has some heft and moisture to it. Serve immediately.