Uptown Burgers and Tots

Aired December 12, 2011

Serves 4
For the Tots:
6 medium starchy potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 tablespoons finely grated onion
4 tablespoons flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
Finely ground black pepper
Oil for frying
For the Burgers:
1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into cubes or ask your butcher to coarse-grind the tenderloin for you
1/4 cup very finely chopped parsley
1/4 cup grated onion
Kosher salt and pepper
1 large egg yolk, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
Sliced mozzarella or mild cheddar, optional
Brioche burger rolls, split, lightly toasted

For the tots, boil potatoes until tender. Drain and pass through a ricer into mixing bowl. Combine with grated onion, flour, egg, minced rosemary and season with salt and pepper. On a floured surface, roll into 1-inch thick logs and cut into tots.

Heat frying oil in a countertop fryer to 350F or heat a few inches of oil in a large Dutch oven. Fry tots in small batches when burgers are ready to serve. Season cooked tots with a little extra salt.

For the burgers, with meat grinder attachment on a stand mixer, coarse-grind meat if you didn't get it already ground. Transfer ground meat to a mixing bowl and add parsley, onions, salt, pepper and egg yolk. Form 4 patties. Heat a cast-iron pan or large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter and when it foams, add burger patties. Cook 6-8 minutes for rare to medium-rare, turning once. Add cheese in last minute for cheeseburgers, tenting with foil to melt. Serve on brioche rolls with tots alongside.

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