Hello, my name is Adam Fleischman, and I’m the founder of the Umami Restaurant Group and today we are in my home kitchen, hanging with TRUFFL and we are going to make the ultimate home burger.
I came up with the first Umami Burger, right here in this kitchen. The key to the success was doing my own grinding and blending – which is what we are going to do here today. The thing that makes Umami Burger unique is we take a lot of non- traditional ingredients that contain Umami – like truffles and miso – and put them into the burgers and that adds a savory punch. Today we are going make, a molded burger with Truffles.
Everything we are cooking with today, you can get at your local grocery store or specialty market.
To make your perfect burger, you’re going to need some steak -- good cuts include chuck, skirt, short rib, brisket, and sirloin; I would use anything that has good eternal marbling.
You need some cheese; American melts the best.
A good quality bun – egg bun, challah bun, Portuguese bun – those are usually the best. You want it to be soft, nothing too hard.
And we are going to use a puree of truffles – from Italy. (Editor's note: we are partial to Truffle Brothers Puree of Truffles.)
GRINDING & SEASONING
Okay so there’s a few crucial techniques, in creating the burger patty. First is, you take your beef and you want to cut it up into cubes – that a manageable for a grinder. I’m using a small home grinder here. Here’s a great tip, if you don’t have a grinder, just take your Cusinart or food processor, and with these same cubes, an d pulse them in there for about 20 seconds, and you’ll have pretty much the same result.
Okay, so now where going make our Truffle Burger. What we’ve done here, is taken the same meat that we ground before and we just put it in a little ring mould so it’s a nice even six-ounce patty. Now we’re going to season this with truffle salt, instead of regular salt. What truffle salt is, it’s just truffles that have been preserved in some sea salt.
Let that cook, for about four minutes on each side. We’re toasting our buns lightly. Flip the burger to the other side, one time. And now we’re adding our American cheese to the top of the burger. Aioli – which is homemade mayonnaise. Now we’re adding our puree truffles. This is our homemade Truffle Burger.