Thank You, Michael Proietti
Of course, never one to follow a recipe to the exact specifications when it can be monkeyed with, I made some burgers inspired by Michael Proietti's winning entry.
I started by adding garlic and onion powder to my ground beef and made several very flat patties. Then, instead of Michael's basil leaves, I made a nice basil pesto.
Taking two patties, one is placed on the bottom and spread with pesto, topped with mozzarella and then a second patty, then sealed together.
Nothing beats a cast iron skillet for putting a good char on a burger, and I put down some sliced onions, too. When it was time for the flip, I scattered the onions around, then put a folded slice of ham atop them. After flipping, the ham and the burger got topped with more mozzarella and covered with a lid.
The final touch was toasting a bun, then putting a layer of pesto on the bottom.
So, thank you, Michael Proietti, for giving me the inspiration to take a detour off Mulberry Street. This burger was such a hit earlier in the week that I had to make it again!