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Burgers with Sun-Dried-Tomato Mayo and Arugula


Serves 4

  • To learn more, read:
    The Upside-Down Grill
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 121

There’s nothing better on a grilled burger than a ripe summer tomato, but in winter, sun-dried are a more flavorful choice than wan, out-of-season fresh tomatoes.

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs. minced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. granulated sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/4 lb. ground beef, preferably 80% lean
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 hamburger buns, preferably brioche
  • 2 oz. arugula (2 lightly packed cups)

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, and a grind of pepper. (The mayonnaise can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated.)

Position a rack about 4 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high. Heat a broiler-safe cast-iron grill pan or skillet on the stovetop over medium-high heat until searingly hot (at least 5 and up to 15 minutes).

Put the Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Gently break up the meat and add to the bowl. Season with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper and combine gently with your hands, taking care not to overmix. Form into 4 equal 3/4-inch-thick patties. Using your thumb, make a depression in the center of each patty on both sides to keep them from bulging.

Put the patties in the hot pan and transfer to the broiler. Broil until the top looks cooked but not browned, and the bottom has grill marks if using a grill pan, or is browned if using a skillet, about 2 minutes; flip the patties (rearranging if your broiler heat isn’t even) and cook to your desired doneness, 1 to 2 minutes for medium rare (130°F).

While the burgers are cooking, split the buns if necessary and arrange them cut side up on a baking sheet. Transfer the cooked burgers to a plate. Broil the buns until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds.

Spread both halves of the buns with the mayonnaise. Put the burgers on the bottom halves and top with the arugula and bun tops. Serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 580, Fat (kcal): 40, Fat Calories (g): 360, Saturated Fat (g): 10, Protein (g): 29, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 13, Carbohydrates (mg): 25, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 13, Sodium (g): 770, Cholesterol (g): 95, Fiber (g): 1,

Photo: Scott Phillips

These were really easy "indoor" burgers. I made them as sliders with sliders pretzel buns. The only thing I will change next time is to broil the burgers over a wire rack. The grill pan was full of juice and fat. The mayo was delish!

SOOOO Good! I was worried about the broiler with a burger, but it is awesome!


We've made this twice now and loved it both times. I fully agree with the other reviewer that the sauce makes this burger but would also add that the Worcestershire sauce in the hamburger meat is a terrific complement.

You might think that the only thing in this recipe is the sauce and you would be correct. However, it is an AMAZING SAUCE! I doubled it thinking that, bad as it may be, I would always use more. It truly made the burger. Burger King's special sauce has nothing on this sauce. It added to the moisture of the burger and the arugula added a nice spiciness. It's the simple things in life!

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