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Gourmet Burguer of the Future by chef Dave Arnold

This is Simply… The Most Complicated, Expensive Hamburguer Ever Created. Would You Like To Try It?

Are you looking for a special treat? If you’d like to learn about the most delicious and exquisite hamburger known to man, this post will interest you. A piece of haute cuisine that elevates the science and art of cooking to unprecedented levels. Created by chef Dave Arnold, this is often referred to as “the Burger of Future”. Whatever you prefer calling it it, you’ll surely have trouble avoid drooling when you see its detailed preparation. Check the bottom of the post for a video, after we go over the details for this unique recipe.

The most advanced gourmet burger, by chef Dave Arnold

The “Burger of the Future” as chef Arnold calls it, is by no means a piece of fast food: Not only due to its exquisite taste, but also because the preparation can take several hours. But the resulting delicacy sure looks as though it’s worth the trouble!

1) Slice bacon in strips, layer with Activa RM (meat glue) and vacuum bag between parchment paper and allow to set for 4 hours in fridge.

2) Reduce veal stock till thick and super beefy, then add ketchup (Heinz), salt and pepper to taste. While hot, stir in 2 percent by weight of calcium lactate gluconate. Pour the mix into a 3/16 to 1/4 inch sheet in a lined hotel pan and allow to set hard in the fridge (the natural gelatin from the stock makes it set).

3) Disperse 9 grams of sodium alginate (type DMB from FMC biopolymer) and 5 grams sodium citrate in a liter of water in a vita prep and turn on high to hydrate.

4) Deaerate the alginate in a chamber vacuum machine. Keep alginate bath cold.

5) Cut the ketchup gel into rings and drop into alginate bath and leave for 40 seconds. The calcium in the gel interacts with the alginate to form a fairly tough (usually bad but useful here because of the rough treatment it with withstand) heat-proof coating on the gel. Remove gel from bath and store on a silpat in fridge.

6) Cut boneless beef short ribs and chuck steak into strips removing gristle, silverskin, etc and place into freezer to firm up (your meat grinder should already be in the freezer). I use 30-40 percent short rib.

7) After the meat has gotten stiff (don’t freeze it), grind it.

8 ) For each burger form two thin patties and some ropes of meat. Try not to overhandle the meat.

9) Form the ropes into a wall around one of the patties and slip a ketchup gel into the center. Place the second patty on top and seal all the edges.

10) Liberally season both sides of the burger with pepper and salt and briefly deep-fry the burger to set the outside of the meat.

11) Place the burger in a ziploc bag with melted butter and carefully get rid of the air using the underwater bagging method.

12) Cook the burger at 55 or 55.5 c in an immersion circulator for a couple of hours.

13) Using an usuba, cut a pickle into a sheet and then cut a circle from the sheet.

14) Slice a thin sheet of Comte cheese and cut a circle from the sheet.

15) Cut two circles from rye bread.

16) Remove bacon sheet from bag and cook between two silpats weighted with a sheet pan in the oven.

17)When done cut a circle from the bacon sheet.

18) Light hardwood charcoal on the stove.

19) Pull the burger from the bag and let cool a couple minutes.

20) Grill the burger over super hot coals for crust and taste.

21) Heat a pan with butter and toast the bread bacon and cheese (like a grilled cheese). The cheese will glue the bacon to the top piece of bread.

22) Place the burger on the bottom bread, then the pickle, then the bacon/cheese/bread.

23) Voilà

This is how you prepare a Gourmet Burger:

Dave Arnold’s Burger Of The Future from Eater NY on Vimeo.