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Our Office burger

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Active work time: 45 minutes | Total preparation time: 1 hour, 5 minutes | Serves 4
Note: You'll need to cook more bacon than you actually will use to have enough drippings.

Caramelized onions

  • 4 slices applewood-smoked bacon
  • 2 onions, sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 to 3 drops liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Step 1Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the bacon until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes, then remove to paper towels to drain. Crumble 1 of the slices and set aside; reserve the rest of the bacon for another use. Measure 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat into a medium heavy skillet.

Step 2Add the onions to the skillet and sprinkle with the sugar. Cook until the onions are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Halfway through, stir in the crumbled bacon. At the end of the 20 minutes, stir in the balsamic vinegar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 more minutes. Set aside.


  • 1 1/2 pounds strip steak (preferably dry-aged), ground
  • 1/2 pound rib-eye steak (preferably dry-aged), ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ounce blue cheese
  • 4 ounces Gruyere cheese
  • 4 French demi-baguettes, halved and toasted
  • 1 cup baby arugula

Step 1Combine the strip and rib-eye steaks and mix in the salt. Shape the meat into 4 (7-inch) oval patties, about 3/4 inch thick.

Step 2Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet, preferably cast-iron, over medium-high heat. Fry the burgers, 2 at a time, for 3 minutes, then flip. Top each burger with 1/4 of the blue and Gruyere cheeses. Cook the burgers 3 more minutes for medium.

Step 3Remove and keep warm; melt the remaining butter in the skillet and repeat with the remaining 2 patties and cheeses.

Step 4To assemble, place the burgers on the baguettes and top with the onions and arugula, dividing evenly.

Each burger:
991 calories; 2,100 mg. sodium; 184 mg. cholesterol; 46 grams fat; 21 grams saturated fat; 74 grams carbohydrates; 63 grams protein; 6.00 grams fiber.
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