How I Revamped Alton Brown's Steak Tartare Into A Burger
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. Ground Top Sirloin
  • 2 tsp. Sherry Vinegar
  • ½ tsp. Dry Mustard
  • 2 large Egg Yolks
  • ¼ cup Light Olive Oil
  • 6 tbsp. finely Diced Shallots
  • 2 tbsp. small, Brined Capers, drained and un-rinsed
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • ¼ cup Celery Leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Italian Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Crushed Saltine Crackers
  • 1 White Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Water, optional
  • 2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 cup Mayonaise
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice (about ½ Lemon)
  • ¾ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. White Pepper
  • 4 Ciabatta Rolls, cut in half
  • Shredded Cheese, as needed
  • 8 slices of Bacon, cooked
  • 4 Green Lettuce Leaves
  1. Mix all ingredients for the patties in a large mixing bowl. Form into four patties and set aside.
  2. Over medium-high heat, melt butter in a large skillet and sauté the onion. Add water to the pan to quicken up the process, if desired. Once softened, add balsamic vinegar and continue to cook until thickened (about 1 - 2 more minutes).
  3. While sautéing the onion, go ahead and cook the bacon. Use whatever method you prefer. Once cooked, drain on paper towels and set aside.
  4. Whisk together all ingredients for the garlic lemon aioli and place in the refrigerator until you're ready to assemble the burgers.
  5. Remove onions from skillet and transfer them to a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. In the same skillet the onions were cooked in, add another tablespoon of butter and allow it to melt. Depending on the size of your skillet, cook burgers until golden brown on each side. Do not overcrowd the skillet, so work in batches if necessary. I usually cook the patties for about 3 - 4 minutes on each side.
  7. While the patties are cooking, toast the Ciabatta rolls under the broiler. Add shredded cheese to the bottom half of each roll and continue to broil until melted and bubbly, about 1 minute.
  8. To assemble the burgers, simply place the burger on top of the melted cheese half. Then top with onions, bacon, green lettuce leaf and lemon aioli. Enjoy immediately!
Recipe by Slice of Jess at