The Decadence Burger: As unique as Mom at David Burke’s BLT Prime
WASHINGTON: With East Coast weather promising a wet day for mom, take her out to someplace unique, BLT Prime by David Burke. The BLT Prime restaurants offering a lighter option for those seeking a family restaurant that will serve mom her favorite fares, including their new BLT Prime Decadence burger.
Like mom, this burger is a complex mix of flavors hitting all your taste senses – from savory to salty to sweet. Created by the BLT Prime chefs to celebrate National Burger Month.
This limited-edition burger will be available until May 31.
The burger is made with a dry-aged prime beef patty with seared foie gras, topped with candied bacon, a sunny side up egg, Boston lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheese and special sauce on a sesame seed brioche bun, served with truffle fries.
“When developing recipes we always try to touch on all of our flavor profiles sweet, salty, sour, bitter and the ever elusive umami. This burger leans more toward the umami profile, while the sweetness from the bacon adds a nice touch to the richness of the burger and the sharp cheddar cheese cuts the richness. Our special sauce then ties the burger and all of its ingredients together.”
In the capital city, BLT Prime by celebrity chef David Burke is located within the Trump Hotel. However, locations can be found in both New York, and where the sun should be present Miami.
But what if you can’t get to BLT Prime? We asked Chef de Cuisine of BLT Prime by David Burke Bill Williamson What makes a good burger?
“A good burger is all about ratios. Meat to fat, meat to bread, and meat to sauce. Meat to fat is very important to get a nice juicy burger. The ratio we use in the kitchen is 80/20. Fat equals flavor. The bread to meat ratio is equally as important. Too much meat and not enough bread will result in feeling like you are eating a Salisbury steak. As Salisbury steak day is always fun, in this case, we are searching for the perfect burger.
Too much bread leaves you with a dry burger. Too much sauce leaves you with a mess and not enough sauce will again, create a drier burger.
We also season our burger with a healthy amount of salt and pepper. Seasoning is always an important step in making any food delicious. At BLT Prime in DC we also add some dry aged beef fat to our hamburger mix. This gives the burger a slightly “funky” and nutty flavor profile.”
What is the biggest mistake home chef’s make when they making burgers?
Seasoning is always a challenge for the home cook to wrap their head around. Too much or too little is usually the accomplishment for our home cook. We want the Goldilocks standard….just right.
Also, when cooking the burger we want a good amount of the Maillard reaction on our burger. Maillard reaction is the chemical reaction which occurs between amino acids and reducing sugars in the presence of heat. This results in the browning of food while forming new aromas and flavors. Too much heat and fire will result in a charred bitter tasting burger. Not enough will result in a burger which will seem steamed.
Are you supposed to pick the BLT Prime Decadence burger up and eat it?
“YES! Eating a burger with a knife and fork is almost as bad as eating pizza with food weapons..(knife and fork)”
As previously described, you have a mix of sweet (candied bacon, egg, brioche), savory/umami foie gras/beef, bitter (onions) – I am sure salt is in there as well) why where these particular items married together for this burger?
When developing recipes we always try to touch on all of our flavor profiles sweet, salty, sour, bitter and the ever elusive umami. This burger leans more toward the umami profile, with the amount of fat and meatiness it makes my mouth salivate just by reading this.
The sweetness from the bacon adds a nice touch to the richness of the burger. While the sharp cheddar cheese cuts the richness, our special sauce ties the burger and all of its ingredients together.