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Ned's Burgers with Nectarine BBQ Sauce



About the Recipe


  • Grassfed beef

  • aged cheddar

  • brioche buns

  • butter for buns

  • olive oil

  • onions

  • local greens

  • tomatoes

  • dill pickles

Nectarine BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp canola oil

  • 1 shallot, chopped

  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

  • 2 to 3 lbs ripe nectarines, apricots, or peaches, pitted and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup

  • 1/2 cup verjus, white wine vinegar, or white balsamic

Garlic Aioli:

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup canola oil

  • Zest and juice of 1 1/2 lemons

  • 3 cloves mixed garlic

  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

    Combine the eggs, yolks, and mustard, and blend until well mixed. Gradually add the oils in a thin, steady stream until thick and creamy. Add the remaining ingredients, and the adjust seasoning to taste. Can be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Yield 1 1/2 cups.

  • 1 to 2 canned chipotle peppers, chopped


Chef Ned Bell’s Top 5 Burger Tips

Chef Ned Bell knows burgers, and he knows the top tricks to building delicious, incredible burgers. Here are his top 5 tips on making yours drool worthy:

1. Premium Grass-Fed Beef: The patty is the star of the show – go for quality. We love 63 Acres. Grill tip: Always use a clean, preheated grill. Don’t move the burgers around too much, and avoid squeezing or flattening the patties. (Not a fan of meat? Choose your favourite veggie patty and continue on with the toppings)

2. Flavourful Fillings: Local greens, dill pickles, plump tomatoes make for cool, fresh and tangy burger toppings. Now for the crunch: Guests LOVE our crispy onions Heat a medium saucepan with 2 Tbsp of olive oil over medium-low heat and add 2 onions, thinly sliced. Sauté for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions turns a deep golden brown. (As the moisture cooks off, the onions will begin to caramelize.) They should taste sweet and salty, like an onion caramel.

3. Kick Up the Condiments: Give Heinz and French’s the night off and go big with Ned’s Nectarine BBQ Sauce and Garlic Aioli.

Nectarine BBQ Sauce:

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the shallots and peppers, and sauté for 10 minutes or until tender. Season with the salt and pepper, add the remaining ingredients and cook for 20 minutes or until the nectarines are tender. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

4. The Cheese Stands Alone: Ned loves a good aged-cheddar, like Jerseyland Organics. Put a generous slice in the last stages of grilling the patty for melty goodness.

5. Buttered, Toasted Brioche Buns: This one is critical. A soft, yet structured brioche bun slathered in butter and toasted on the grill elevates everything. Tip: When the cheese is melting, add the bun to the grill to toast Ned’s Tips on Assembling the Burger: Make the BBQ sauce, garlic aioli, burger toppings and caramelized onions before hand. Clean and preheat the grill to a high heat (450-500*F). Once the grill is ready, place the burgers on the grill. When the burgers are almost done add the cheese to melt, and toast the buns at the same time. Rare burgers ~ 4 minutes (125°F) Medium-rare burgers ~ 5 minutes (135°F) Medium burgers ~ 6 to 7 minutes (145°F) Well-done burgers ~ 8 to 9 minutes minutes (160°F)

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