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French Bistro Burgers

Tres francais et tres delicieux


  • 1 pound ground beef (80% lean)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices brie cheese
  • For the garlic mayonnaise:
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • For finishing:
  • 2 cups arugula or baby spinach leaves
  • 1cup caramelized onions
  • 4 burger buns, Optionally toasted


  1. For the burgers:
    Divide the meat into four equal potions. Form each portion loosely into a disk shape, making a deep impression in the center with your thumb. Season both sides of each burger to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare and preheat a grill, grill pan, or cast iron griddle. Cook the burgers until slightly charred and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side. If using very fresh and high quality ground beef, feel free to cook to medium or medium-rare, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the burgers from the heat and add the brie cheese. Tent with aluminum foil and allow the burgers to rest for 5 minutes, or until the juices are redistributed and the cheese is melted.
  3. For the garlic mayonnaise:
    Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. To finish:
    Top each burger with arugula and caramelized onions. Spread garlic mayo on each burger bun and sandwich the burgers. Serve immediately.

4 Burgers
Prep Time:
15 min
Cooking Time:
10 min
Total Time:
25 min