French Fridays with Dorie: Café Salle Pleyel Hamburger

It’s Friday again. It was down to the wire this week for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe: Café Salle Pleyel Hamburger, but the burgers got made and the post got written just in time. Burgers were the perfect thing to make while sipping margaritas.

This recipe was quite simple: a dressed-up hamburger. A variety of aromatics were mixed in with the ground beef. The sun-dried tomatoes, capers, cornichons, and fresh herbs dotted the meat with lovely flecks of red and green. The grilled burger was nestled in an eggy role and layered on a bed of homemade onion marmalade and sliced pickle and topped with coarsely grated Parmesan.

I thought it was pretty good, though in the fantastic August lineup, probably not my favorite for the month. I made the burgers about half the size called for, which is a good portion size at our house. Unfortunately, I think the roll was then too big for the burger (my fault), so each bite was a little too bready. I should have picked up slider rolls. I tasted the burger on its own, and it was packed with flavor, so I might lose the roll when I have another for lunch tomorrow.

I was also on the fence about the onion marmalade. Despite the interesting ingredients, in the end, I found the marmalade bland and boring. That might get left out from the leftovers too.

I served the burgers with ears of super sweet corn and a bowl of panzanella (bread salad) made with farm fresh tomatoes. A peach and berry crisp was the perfect dessert for a summery dinner.

To see what other FFwD bloggers thought about the French burgers, check out their links at French Fridays with Dorie. I always discover new inspirations and ideas from the other cooks. We don’t post the recipes, but consider getting your own copy of the book, Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.

Now we’ll spend the weekend waiting for Hurricane Irene’s arrival, hoping she’ll mellow out by the time she gets to the Boston area. For my family and friends in the Mid-Atlantic and point further south, stay safe!


Posted on 26 August 2011, in Farmers Market, French Fridays with Dorie, Meat CSA, Summer and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Stay safe! Even your pre-blended mixture looks delicious. Great post!

  2. Hi Betsy! I hope Irene doesn’t cause too much havoc! These are good burgers aren’t they? I think I’ll make one of the good looking onion marmalades I found on the web for the next burgers I make.

  3. I really enjoyed the burger…not so much the onion marmalade! Your burger looks delicious! Nice post! Stay safe!

  4. Your top photo is great!

    Take good care of yourself! Things look pretty scary from this coast.

  5. I’m sorry you weren’t wild about these, Betsy. Maybe you’ll like them better as leftovers. Stay safe this weekend!

  6. I enjoyed making the burger and the onion marmalade spread is fine with me :) Take care and stay safe from Irene.

  7. This wasn’t my favorite august recipe either, but I’m happy that we tried it.

    Hope Irene leaves you alone!

  8. I hope Irene leaves us all alone – we are supposed to be the snow people, not the hurricane people :-)
    This was actually my favorite recipe in the August line up.
    Take care!

  9. I love the picture of all the tasty additions waiting in the food processor. We really enjoyed these burgers here. I am still trying to make up my mind about the onion marmalade. Regular caramelized onions would have been fantastic – maybe the marmalade could have used more butter?

    Stay safe, Betsy! I’m happy to hear that the storm is losing strength, although the rain will definitely affect everyone in its path.

  10. The mixture of goodies for the burger looks fantastic! I guess the onion jam was not a hit with most people. Stay safe and hopefully Irene will run out of steam before getting to you;-)

  11. I did not care for the marmalade, I would rather have caramelized onions
    instead. That said, the burger was delicious. I plan to make these again
    as sliders and then Tricia can taste them and see what she missed.

  12. I’ll take the AZ heat over hurricanes any day! Beautiful photos. I’m also not sold on the marmalade…I could taste the butter and did not like its greasyness. Some good caramelized, grilled onions would have been better in my opinion. But it was a quick meal…and your sides/additions sound just perfect.

  13. I enjoyed the recipes for this month, too. I can’t say which was my favourite, but we certainly enjoyed these burgers. We made them smaller than the recipe called for, too. Those huge burgers would have been far too much for us.

    Stay safe this weekend.

  14. Sounds like a great meal, from start to finish! Margaritas to start and peach and berry crisp to end sounds just about perfect.

  15. your photo of the pre-chopped ingredients is beautiful. We had mixed feelings on this one: your review of good but not great is spot on. the marmalade was much better when I cooked it down and let it caramelize slightly, at that point it was my favorite part.

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