I’m going to make a bold statement: this is simply the best burger you will ever make or eat at home.
This past August, I was invited to attend "Battle of the Burgers," an event put on by Boston Magazine. The night kicked off with the "Home Griller Competition." Three finalists and their burgers were judged by some of Boston's bests, including Richard Chudy of Boston Burger Blog. I was invited by one of the contestants, who used the sous-vide method with a Baking Steel sear. I don't know of any other pizza stone that can sear like the Baking Steel. Needless to say, the burger was top notch.
A few days after the event, Richard Chudy reached out via Twitter, so of course, I sent him over a Baking Steel. When he gave us the thumbs up on our Steel, I invited him and his wife, Katie of Small Boston Kitchen, down to the test kitchen for a pizza and burger session.
I was nervous at first, after all, I was making a burger for the go-to burger guy in Boston. No pressure, ha! Luckily, the Baking Steel delivered and the smash burgers came out with a killer char. All I had to do is follow these steps for the smashburger.
It was finally time for some pizza. We started with a mozzarella and sausage pie, then we moved on to a mozzarella and pecorino cheese creation. We finished off the day with a breakfast pizza...because who doesn't like bacon?!
Richard and Katie were awesome guests to have stop by the Baking Steel. They are both very talented at what they do, I have a feeling their kitchen is a popular place to be!
Continuing with our theme of Cheeseburgers this week, I decided to reverse engineer one and create a cheeseburger pizza recipe. This one falls into the category of killer. Get rid of your pizza stone and heat of your Baking Steel. Last year we did a video of this pie, this one is almost identical except for one minor change. We are not going to pre-cook the hamburger meat. That's right, raw beef is going on top. We learned this trick from Kenji a few weeks back with sausage. So the same basic ingredients, two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun. Did anyone get that, or am I dating myself again? I left out the sesame seeds and the onions, feel free to throw them on this cheeseburger pizza sensation. This creation will astound your guests.
Create Some Love,
1 pizza dough
4 oz. uncooked tomato sauce
4 oz. asiago cheese, shredded
2 oz. chopped pickles
4 oz. uncooked 85% lean beef
3 oz. ice berg lettuce, chiffonade
2 oz. special sauce (combine mustard, ketchup & mayonnaise)
1. Place Baking Steel on top rack of your oven. Pre-heat to 500 degrees or on full throttle (Preheat 45 minutes-1 hr).
2. Stretch or roll out dough to a 12 inch cylinder, or any shape will do. Lightly flour your peel and place dough on top.
3. Evenly distribute tomato sauce
4. Carefully place and distribute beef, asiago cheese and pickles. Remember, less is more.
5. Launch onto the Baking Steel, bake until you've reached your desired brownness.
7. Remove pizza from oven, top with ice berg lettuce and special sauce.
Slice and serve.