Wagyu Burger

American

1 h

Wagyu. We all know and love it. Oftentimes, I feel terrible turning wagyu into something other than simple, delicious strips with some light flakey salt. But once in a while, it's nice to take a basic food and make it truly extraordinary. And that's exactly what I've done here. All from scratch.

Ingredients

Buns
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp warm water 
  • 2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups AP flour 
  • Salt (to taste) 
Pickles
  • 1 cup white vinegar 
  • 1 cup water 
  • Salt (to taste) 
  • 2 small cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
Burger
  • 16oz Wagyu (or other) beef 
Burger Sauce
  • 3 tbsp ketchup 
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickles
  • Hot sauce (pinch) 
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Lettuce (optional) 
  • Tomato (optional) 
  • Bacon (optional)

Preparation

Buns
  1. To make buns, combine water and yeast and whisk together.
  2. Add vegetable oil and sugar, and whisk again.
  3. Let this sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Add egg, flour, and salt in a mixing bowl and knead about 3-5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  5. Drop dough onto a floured board and cut into six balls.
  6. Roll into small balls and sit on a greased tray.
  7. Let the dough rest for several minutes and grind the wagyu.
  8. After resting the dough balls for 10 minutes, paint them in egg wash.
  9. Bake at 425 Fahrenheit (218 C) for 10 minutes or until golden brown. 
  10. Brush the buns with egg wash again and add sesame seeds.
  11. Place back in the oven until seeds are set. 
Pickles and sauce
  1. For pickles, add vinegar, water, and salt to a small saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Pour over the sliced cucumber and let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. For special sauce, combine mayo, ketchup, pickles, hot sauce, salt, and pepper.
Burger
  1. Sear beef in ring molds to get perfect shape, then add cheddar and steam until melted.
  2. Slice and toast the buns in a pan.
  3. Assemble the burger to your liking and enjoy. 

Pairs well with

Black Truffle Sea Salt
Black Flakey Sea Salt

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