National Hamburger Day is around the corner. So, how do you want to celebrate Hamburger Day? Of course, by biting into a delicious hamburger. Though the dish is known as America’s iconic food, burgers are widely popular in all the countries on the globe. Owing to its wide popularity, almost all the restaurants are adding this dish packed with flavors to their menu list and people love to order this. Though you can find burgers in every restaurant in your place, New York’s hamburgers are said to be the best. Among the best hamburger restaurants in NYC listed on Yelp is the Emily restaurant, and the burgers they offer are a favorite among the locals, and people who visit NYC.
On this National Hamburger Day, we’ll offer you the recipe to prepare Emmy burgers, one of NYC's best Hamburgers. So, read on.
For the burger:
- Dry-aged Beef (You can substitute with other meat too) - 800 g
- White cheddar cheese - Around 3 oz or 85 g
- Pretzel buns - 4 (Cross split)
- Unsalted butter - 2 tbsp (to spread)
- Caramelized onions
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper (Freshly ground)
For the Nguyen sauce:
- Rice wine vinegar unseasoned - 1/4 cup
- Sugar - 1/3 cup
- Korean fermented chili paste/Gochujang - 1/2 cup
- Unsalted butter - 4 tbsps
- Minced garlic - About 5 cloves
- Sesame seeds - 1 tsp
- Black sesame seeds - 1 tsp
For the Emmy sauce:
- Mayonnaise - 1/2 cup (around 120 ml)
- Nguyen sauce - 1/4 cup (around 60 ml)
For the patties (we recommend using a food processor):
- 2 pounds ground beef
- ½ cup crushed breadcrumbs
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
1. First, cut the meat into 6mm (1 inch) pieces. Keep it in the freezer for about an hour or until it is cold or slightly frozen.
2. In a bowl, whisk the sugar and vinegar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add gochujang and blend everything to prepare the Nguyen sauce.
3. In a skillet, melt the butter and add sesame seeds, garlic, and black sesame seeds. Stir often, until you get the fragrance of cooked garlic. Make sure it is not turned brown.
4. Add this to the gochujang mixture and whisk it to mix. You can keep this sauce in the refrigerator and use it later as well.
5. To make the Emmy sauce, mix the mayonnaise and Nguyen sauce in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
6. Coarsely grind the beef and ingredients using the Acekool food processor BC7. Once done, transfer it to a bowl.
7. Take the ground beef meat on your palm and shape it into rounds of 4 inches in width and 2 cm in thickness. Keep it aside.
8. Heat a large cast-iron frying pan/griddle on medium heat. Season the patties with salt on both sides and place them on the pan. Cook these patties for around cook for two and a half minutes until the sides turn brown by adjusting the heat often.
9. Turn the patty, top with a slice of Cheddar cheese, season with pepper, and cook for two and a half more minutes. Press your finger on the patty and check if it turned slightly firm.
10. If cooked well, transfer the patties onto a wire rack set of a half-sheet pan. Keep them there for around three to five minutes.
11. Wipe off the excess fat from the pan, and place the flat side of the buns down after spreading butter on both sides. Cook for about one and a half minutes until the sides turn golden brown, and then spread a whole spoon of Emmy sauce on top of each piece of bun.
12. After spreading the sauce, place patties on each piece of bun and add caramelized onions on each patty. Place the other half of the bun above the patty and transfer the burgers onto a plate.
The Emmy burgers are different from other burgers in the way that the restaurant uses pretzel buns from a specific brand and it balances well with the juicy patty. The caramelized onions and the Emmy sauce are other specialties that add to the taste of the burger. The sweetness of the onions, the juicy mouthfeel of the patty, and the tang of cheese give a perfect balance of flavors to the burger.
We have provided the recipe for preparing Emmy burgers here. On this National Hamburger Day, recreate this NYC’s best burger and bring the feel of NYC to your home.