Plan Check Burger

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Beef Patty
6 ounces 3:1 (meat/fat) ground beef blend (chuck, short rib, and brisket)
Ketchup Leather
7 cups tomato paste
3 cups sugar
6 cups apple cider vinegar
3 cups water
3 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
5 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic, finely chopped
4 teaspoons ground allspice
5 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons shiitake mushroom powder
6 ounces Sweet 100 tomatoes
Americanized Dashi Cheese
2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
3 cups whole milk, plus additional as needed
1 sheet kombu
1 handful katsuobushi flakes
2 pounds aged sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
6 ounces tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano- Reggiano
1 tablespoons sodium nitrate
To Assemble and Serve
black pepper
1 house crunch bun
house Parmesan truffle butter
house schmaltz onions
1 house pickles


Beef Patty

(Yield: 1 Patty)

Coarsely grind beef in meat grinder. Gently press 6 ounces meat into 4-inch ring mold to form patty.

Ketchup Leather

(Yield: 96 pieces)

Heat oven to 135F. In a blender, working in batches, combine all ingredients and pure; recombine batches. Spread thin layer of tomato mixture onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper or silicone mat and bake until completely dry and pliable. When cool, cut into 4-inch squares, layer with wax paper, and refrigerate.

Americanized Dashi Cheese

(Yield: 32 slices)

Bloom gelatin in milk and reserve. In a medium saucepan, soak kombu in milk for 1 hour. Simmer kombu in milk 15 minutes, turn off heat, stir in kastuobushi, and set aside 10 minutes; strain. In a clean saucepan, bring dashi milk to simmer and whisk in cheddar, Parmigiano Reggiano, sodium citrate, and gelati until combined. Spread thin layer of cheese mixture onto a sheet pan and let cool and set. Slice cheese into 4-inch squares, layer with wax paper, and refrigerate.

To Assemble and Serve

Heat a large skillet over high flame and cook well seasoned Beef Patty until medium rare. Cut crunch bun in half and toast on griddle; spread Parmesan truffle butter on both sides. Place Americanized Dashi Cheese on bottom half of crunch bun, then stack onions, pickles, Ketchup Leather, Beef Patty, and top with remaining bun half. Serve immediately.