A Father's Office Burger for Father's Day

Note: A Hamburger Today contributor Brad Japhe wanted to share his celebratory Father's Day burger recipe, a modified version of the burger from Father's Office in California [review on AHT]. Here's his description of the burger with photos in case you want a last minute burger recipe to make for you dad!

In honor of Father's Day, you should consider what matters most to the patriarch of the family. Allow me to speak on his behalf when I say that hamburgers are near the top of that list. As any true foodie can tell you, there is a certain intangible greatness to the hamburger that makes it so much more than mere ground chuck suspended between two pieces of bread—the sum is unimaginably superior to its parts.

If I could choose to eat any single hamburger that exists on this planet it would be Sang Yoon's venerable Father's Office Burger. The complex arrangement of ethereal flavors brings a delectable vibrancy to my mouth. It is just about the only hamburger I eat where I have to pause and reflect upon its greatness after every bite. Yoon blends dry aged ribeye with his ground chuck to give the meat blend a more sophisticated flavor. The bacon-caramelized onion reduction brings your palate to life with a sweetness that supplants the need for ketchup and other flavor-camouflaging condiments, which are strictly taboo at this Santa Monica landmark. That sweetness is also balanced out perfectly by the subtle bitterness of arugula and a Gruyère-blue cheese mixture melted gently atop the patty.

To recreate a similar style of burger in my home kitchen has long been on the "to-do list" and, really, what burger could have a more fitting title for the holiday at hand this weekend? Hence, Father's Office Day was born, paying homage to the two of the most influential figures in my life: my dad and epic hamburgers.

A great deal of this event's joy was in the artistic journey of culinary creation rather than just the end result. But who I am kidding—I love the juiciness of that end result. Cooking at home with your family can be a very rewarding and unifying experience—in addition to suicidally frustrating if proper preparation is eschewed. Therefore, it's best to make a list of all the ingredients you will need to make your personal specimen of burger perfection. And bring lots of alcohol to entertain yourself and family during the prepping phases.

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A Father's Office Burger for Father's Day

Ingredients

  • 1 pound organic ground beef
  • 9 ounces ground lamb
  • Half a pound of bacon
  • 1 whole onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 part blue to three parts Gruyère cheese
  • 2 cups worth of arugula
  • 1 loaf challah bread
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