French Weekends with Dorie – Café Salle Pleyel Hamburger

I’m so happy I didn’t skip this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe!  What’s better than starting the weekend with a 1/3 pounder, homemade fries, and an Irish red beer?

I should make homemade burgers more often.  At least every other month, we treat ourselves to a weekend burger lunch on a casual restaurant.  After making these, I think we’ll get takeout milkshakes and come home to the Café Salle Pleyel hamburgers.  Héléne Samuel and Sonia Ezgulian were definitely on the money creating a burger with so many delicious ingredients incorporated into the patty.  I was most surprised by the addition of tarragon and how it tasted with the ground beef.  I forgot to buy capers and there were no cornichons in my regular supermarket, so my mix consisted of sun dried tomatoes, a couple of baby dill pickles, tarragon, parsley, and leftover onion bits in the food processor from the onion marmalade.

I did not have any red onions on hand, and the ones in the supermarket looked terrible, so I made the marmalade with a white onion.  I added about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to help speed the caramelization process and to imitate the naturally sweeter red onion taste.

I topped the buns with mayonnaise, the onion marmalade,  two slices of kumato tomatoes, and baby arugula.  The salty Parmesan cheese ribbons melted beautifully into the patty and contrasted nicely with the sweet onion marmalade.

We enjoyed the burgers with my go-to oven fries.  Yukon Gold potatoes are scrubbed clean, cut into eight thick wedges, and tossed with oil and salt and pepper.  I arranged the potato wedges on my roasting pan’s rack on top of a cookie sheet and baked at 400°F oven for 30 minutes or until golden.  You get perfect “grill” marks on one side, which is a great play to the real marks on the burger.  These potatoes are so good, we don’t even bring out the ketchup.

Check out how the rest of the French Fridays crowd did on this great recipe here!  This recipe arrived to Dorie Greenspan’s hands via Héléne Samuel, a renowned Paris restaurant consultant.  We are lucky it is included in Around My French Table, however, you may also find the recipe here.  This link will take you to the New York Times article referenced by Dorie in her introduction to the recipe.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

21 Responses to “French Weekends with Dorie – Café Salle Pleyel Hamburger”

  1. August 27, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Those fries have me very hungry right about now 🙂
    It all looks soooo good.

  2. August 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Looks like you really got in to this one! Everything looks scrumptious to me and the fries were the perfect addition;-)

  3. August 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    I love the look of your burger in these photos. Yum!

  4. August 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Your onion marmalade is the same shade as mine! Delicious, nevertheless. I’m happy I didn’t skip this week’s recipe too, the burgers were the bomb!

  5. August 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Your burger looks fantastic!!! I liked adding arugula will try next time. And I am so making those fries thanks so much for sharing!

  6. August 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    Looks lovely! I love your fries, too.

  7. Luis M. Angelet-Frau
    August 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    You know Ma and I like burgers once in awhile. This recipe (and your substitutions/additions which are always a treat) looks inviting.

    When you are ready, just let us know. Maybe we can have Eduardo work on the dessert.
    Maybe we can get together with your MIL and FIL.


    • August 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

      Although Eduardo’s dessert repertoire is limited, I know we can work something out. 🙂
      Gracias, Pa!

  8. August 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Yes, weren’t these fabulous? Looking at your post is making me hungry for these all over again 🙂

  9. August 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    Great looking burger, Adriana! I can’t wait to try your version of oven fries. Sounds easy, and looks delcious. I still have two more burgers left for tomorrow.

  10. Teresa
    August 28, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    The onion marmalade is a great discovery. It’s funny how often it’s Dorie’s dressings that get my imagination working, thinking about how else they could be used.

    I’m going to have to try your oven fry recipe. They sound easy, not too greasy and they look amazing!

  11. August 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Your oven grilled potatoes sound interesting! I’m trying another recipe for onion marmalade right now. This one has brown sugar and vinegar. We’ll see how it goes!

  12. August 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    How sweet that your Dad left a comment! 🙂 Your photos are super and make me want to fix these again!

  13. August 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    These look amazing and the potatoes are such a good idea! Glad to see you used the kumato as well, such a good little tomato!

  14. August 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    delish photos! in my opinion, you didn’t miss anything by leaving out the capers.

  15. August 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    This is a fabulous French Fridays…burgers is one of my favorite foods ever!

  16. August 30, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    look at those buns- your burgers look so good! I made my onion jam with a brown onion, as I am not a red onion fan.

  17. August 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    yum! this looks so delicious! i’m behind this week, but i can’t wait to make last Friday’s dish!

  18. August 31, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! That burger just looks like perfection! Your oven fries look great, too! Glad you all enjoyed these.

  19. September 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Those fries caught my eye girl and after seeing this burger, I am with you…pick up a shake and bring it home. Bravo!

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