Craving a burger? Look no further than Beefsteak's incredible "beefsteak" tomato burger! Perfect for meat-lovers and vegetarians alike - this summer special is sure to be a crowd pleaser. (Plus we tried it and it was delicious)
FOR THE PICKLED ONION
1/2 medium red onion, cut in half and then into thin half-moons (julienne)
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Pinch kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
FOR THE HERB DIJON MAYONNAISE
1 cup plain Just Mayo (may substitute another plant-based mayonnaise)
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons capers, rinsed and drained
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 to 4 lemons)
Kosher salt, as needed
FOR THE SANDWICHES
3 brioche hamburger buns, toasted (see headnote)
1 large beefsteak tomato, blanched and peeled (see NOTE)
Kosher salt, as needed
Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
Extra-virgin olive oil
Flesh of 1 fairly firm avocado, cut into thin slices
For the pickled onion: Place the onion in a medium-size heatproof bowl. Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, thyme and black peppercorns in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring just to a boil, then pour over the onion, making sure it is submerged. Let it sit for 1 hour, then drain, reserving the liquid for another use, if desired.
For the herb Dijon mayonnaise: Whisk together the plant-based mayo, Dijon mustard, capers, parsley, dill and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Taste; season with salt as needed. You'll need a total of 6 tablespoons for the sandwiches; the rest can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
For the sandwiches: Spread each half of the bun with 1 tablespoon of the herb Dijon mayonnaise.
Cut three 3/4-inch slices from middle of the peeled tomato.
Place a slice of tomato on each bottom bun half. Season the tomato lightly with salt and pepper, then drizzle with a little oil. Top each portion with avocado slices, 2 tablespoons of the pickled onion and some alfalfa sprouts. Top with the remaining brioche bun halves.
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