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Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with this recipe

Posted September 18, 2014

The District Burger - National Cheeseburger Day

— Today is National Cheeseburger Day, and to celebrate, the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham’s Chef Marci Oliver shared her recipe for a delicious burger - The District Burger.

Named after the school's student-run restaurant, it's topped with "baconnaise" and fried green tomatoes.


Burger Patties:
20 oz ground beef 70/30
kosher salt
black pepper, freshly ground

Poblano Cheese Spread:
2 oz Cheddar cheese, grated
1 oz Monterey Jack, grated
1 ea poblano chile, roasted, peeled, seeded, cut into 1”x ¼ “ strips
1 ea garlic clove, finely minced
½ tsp Texas Pete
2 Tbsp mayonnaise

Fried Green Tomato:
1 ea green tomato, cut into four ¼” slices
flour, for dusting
plain breadcrumbs, panko preferably
vegetable oil, for frying

4 Tbsp mayonnaise, Dukes brand
4 ea bacon slices, thick cut, cooked crispy, fat reserved
½ Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Woeber’s Sandwich Pal, Sweet and Spicy Mustard
4 ea Glazed Yeast Burger Buns, sliced and toasted
8 ea Butter lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry

In a mixing bowl, break up the ground beef into small pieces and season with salt and pepper. Mix the meat well and divide into four equal balls. Knead the balls in your hands until the fat and meat combine and become sticky, this will help hold the patties together during cooking.

For the cheese spread, mix all ingredients together and taste for seasoning, add more Texas Pete if desired.

Season the green tomato slices with salt on both sides and allow five minutes for them to absorb the salt, then bread them by dusting in flour, dipping in an egg wash (an egg whisked with 1 Tbsp of water in a bowl) and finally in breadcrumbs.

Chop the bacon into small bits and mix with mayonnaise and cider vinegar, if the mixture is too thick, add some of the reserved bacon fat to thin.

Cook the burgers in a large pan to desired temperature, 165°F if the beef is not freshly ground, flipping once. Top with the poblano cheese spread and cover the pan to melt the cheese.
In a separate pan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat and fry the green tomatoes until they are golden brown, drain on paper towels until the burgers are ready to assemble.
On the toasted buns, spread baconnaise on the tops and Woeber’s mustard on the bottom. Add the patties with melted cheese, a fried green tomato slice, and lettuce to the bottoms sequentially and then press the tops down to hold it all together. Do not attempt to put this burger down once you’ve started eating it, things will fall apart.


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  • KnowsItAll Sep 18, 2014

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    ummm...i never mentioned meat - just the huge, loaded cheeseburger. And avoiding such ridiculous excess does keep me "lightened up".

    sounds like you have an agenda.

  • Paul Gallant Sep 18, 2014
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    I don't think it's meat that made them make that statement. I think that it's more that it has mayo with bacon in it, a fried tomato, cheese, and 70/30 ground beef. That's a heart attack on a plate!

  • Guy Percy Sep 18, 2014
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    Really? Just because somebody eats meat doesn't mean they are unhealthy, in general. Lighten up.

  • jwbmom1965 Sep 18, 2014

    The best cheeseburgers in the WORLD are at Chris' Restaurant in Siler City, NC. Hand pattied, oodles of cheese and any topping you could want.

  • KnowsItAll Sep 18, 2014

    Celebrate National Cheeseburger day with this recipe, and then celebrate National Obesity, Diabetes, and Coronary Artery Disease day with a trip to the funeral home.