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Playing Uptown Burgers and Tots


For the Tots
  • 6 medium starchy potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Salt
  • 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


Serves: 4


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.