Friday, February 25, 2011

From our Kitchen: The Umami Burger

With Michael Symon's Yo! Burger making headlines Adam Fleischman's Umami burger seems like yesterday's news.

Even though we have never tasted a Fleischman burger we attempted our own version at home. The Umami burger, according to their website, consists of "house ground beef, oven roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, parmesan frico, sauteed shitake mushrooms and house made ketchup."

We used ciabatta bread, our ketchup and oven roasted tomatoes followed Heston Blumenthal's recipe for pizza sauce. Each patty used a quarter pound of meat, 70% filet, that we ground at home, and 30% butcher ground beef. The other ingredients, parmesan tile, caramelized onions and sauteed shitake mushrooms were rather straight forward in preparation.

Overall we really liked this burger, we loved the shitake mushrooms and will use them again as a condiment on our hamburgers. A very satisfying experience, we suspect Fleischman's ketchup is  sweeter than our tomato sauce, back to the drawing board, we will definitely try this inspiration again.

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