BURGER OF THE MONTH: Beef 'n' Broccoli Rabe Burger

"While my husband, John, is hurling himself down the mountains of upstate New York on his snowboard, I’ll be at home making these perfect après-ski burgers." —Rachael Ray
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Beef 'n' Broccoli Rabe Burger

Recipe by Rachael Ray

  • 4Servings

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 large or 2 medium bunches broccoli rabe
  • 2 lbs. 80-percent-lean ground beef
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 8 slices deli-cut provolone
  • 4 anchovy fillets or 2 tsp. anchovy paste
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 3-4 tbsp. chopped pickled Italian hot cherry peppers and a fat splash (about 1 tbsp.) of the pickling juice
  • 4 sesame rolls, split and lightly toasted

Preparation

1. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set a strainer in the sink.

2. In a large pot or skillet, bring a couple of inches of water to a rolling boil. Salt the water, add the broccoli rabe and cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain the broccoli rabe well and transfer to the ice water; let cool. Drain and pat dry. Cut the broccoli rabe into thirds and reserve the pot.

3. In a medium bowl, season the beef with salt and pepper; mix in the Parm, parsley and Worcestershire. Form into 4 patties (thinner in the centers for even cooking). Drizzle with oil.

4. Heat a large cast-iron grill pan or skillet over medium-high.

5. Add the patties to the pan and cook, turning occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Top each patty with 2 slices of cheese during the last minute or so of cooking, tenting loosely with foil to melt the cheese.

6. In the reserved pot, heat 3 tbsp. oil, three turns of the pan, over medium.

7. Add the anchovies and cook, stirring often, until they melt into the oil, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper; stir until aromatic, about a minute. Add the rabe and toss until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the cherry peppers and juice. 

8. Serve the patties on the sesame rolls, topped with the broccoli rabe mixture.