Zak Pelaccio's Lamb Burgers


[Photograph: Michael Schrom]

Serving burgers with Hollandaise is one of those ideas that borders on mad scientist territory. Kind of insane but pure genius. These Lamb Burgers from Zakary Pelaccio's Eat with Your Hands take it a step further, using super fatty lamb to make the patties and serving them up with a duck egg Hollandaise and charred scallions dressed with salt and vinegar on fat English muffins.

And while beer might be the go-to burger drinks pairing, we're liking Pelaccio's Manhattan suggestion. You're going to need something boozy to cut through all of that lamby richness.

Recommended playlist and drinks pairing:

Listen: Michael Jackson, Thriller, to remind yourself how f-ing good that album is.

Drink: A Manhattan: Stir a two-to-one ratio rye to sweet vermouth (big surprise, I err slightly heavier on the rye) with ice. Strain into a chilled glass and add a couple dashes of Peychaud's bitters and a lemon twist.

What Worked: Everything. Charred lamb burgers, vinegary scallions, Hollandaise, and doughy English muffins are a match made in burger heaven.

What Didn't: No duck eggs on hand? No problem; chicken eggs make for a perfectly respectable Hollandaise.

Suggested Tweaks: Dare we suggest putting an egg on it?

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of 'Eat with Your Hands' to give away.