A few weeks ago, my niece wanted us to make some burgers like she’d had at a restaurant – ABC Burgers. That is, avocado, brie and caramelized onions. Since she was about to go off on her freshman year of college, we carved out some time. As I looked for a good caramelized onion recipe, I visited one of my favorite blogs – The Homesick Texan, where I found Spicy Red Onion Jam. I decided that a little heat from the chipotle sounded good, so that’s what we made. Let me tell you – she had a great idea.
So when I realized we had a burger recipe coming up I thought – hey, I should make the ABC burgers again! Well, I did the same thing that lots of others have done – I didn’t actually read the recipe. So I didn’t realize that the burgers were flavored with all manner of interesting ingredients.
But once I did, I then thought – I can make homemade slider buns and we can do a taste test! So, part of my challenge this week was to make some slider buns from scratch. For them, I had recently seen a blog on the King Arthur Flour site about making burger buns, so I looked them up and got started. As usual, I wasn’t able to do everything at once, so I made the dough, froze it in mini-portions, and then thawed in the freezer before forming and baking them.
I already had my caramelized onions and was planning on using them for both burgers, so it was just a matter of gathering the remaining ingredients.
Then, the burgers are assembled – each with their compliment of accompaniments: Avocado slices and the spicy onions for one; the same onions and some freshly shaved parmesan for the other. It’s hard to decide which looks better.
For such similar ingredients, they ended up with such different flavors. The cafe burger is definitely French. Such an unusual flavor pallet. Very, very yummy. I love capers in anything, and I thought that the cornichons had an intriguing flavor. Then with the sharp parmesan on top – what a combination.
Another thing that was different was that the cafe burgers held together a bit better- the ABCs – a lot messier!
The ABC burger on the other hand relied on the smooth, buttery avocado, the slightly bitter and deep flavor of the brie and the punch of the onions.
I don’t even know that we could decide on a favorite. The ABC burger is amazing, all the more so with the chipotle-spiked onions. The cafe burger is delicious, but a huge departure. I’m looking forward to what everyone else thinks. I know I’d be happy to be faced with either burger in front of me…. too close to call.