Benedict’s Burger – Recipe of the Week

Delicious Hamburger…

… meets Delicious Eggs Benedict

This is a match made in heaven.  For anyone that enjoys burgers, and enjoys breakfast foods, this recipe is for you.

This burger is an absolutely delicious and gormet way of enjoying one of America’s favorite summertime (or anytime) foods.  Just prepare these burgers and listen to people rave about how delicious they are.

Now, I’m a very big fan of your typical bacon-cheeseburger, but this recipe will seriously change your whole perspective of what a burger is and what it can be.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS 
4 egg yolks
3 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 pinch ground white pepper
1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon water
1 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 small onion, chopped
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 pound ground beef
12 slices of pre-cooked ham
6 buns of your choice

DIRECTIONS
1) Preheat a grill for high heat.
2) In a large bowl, mix together the Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, onion, 1 egg, salt and pepper.  Add in the ground beef, and 6 finely diced slices of ham… and mix together by hand. Form into 6 patties.

To make Hollandaise Sauce (I suggest you do this before cooking the burgers in case the sauce breaks and you need to start over):
3) Fill the bottom of a double boiler part-way with water. Make sure that water does not touch the top pan. Bring water to a gentle simmer. In the top of the double boiler, whisk together egg yolks, lemon juice, white pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1 tablespoon water.
4) Add the melted butter to egg yolk mixture 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time while whisking yolks constantly. If hollandaise begins to get too thick, add a teaspoon or two of hot water. Continue whisking until all butter is incorporated. Whisk in salt, then remove from heat. Place a lid on pan to keep sauce warm until ready to serve.

5) Place patties on the grill, and cook for 5 minutes per side, or until well done.
6) Top each burger with 1 slice of pre-cooked ham, drizzle hollandaise sauce on top and serve!  No condiments required!

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