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The Key To The Burger From The Menu Is A Simple Onion Trick
By Haldan Kirsch
With its claims to artistry and the ecosystem of socialites vying for status, the dark comedy "The Menu" doesn't seem like the best source for cooking tips, but it does include what might be the most satisfying cheeseburger ever immortalized in film. However, if you want to recreate this delicacy at home, there are a few things to keep in mind.
During the scene, Chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) presses a ball of ground beef into a steaming hot griddle, adding a few grinds of pepper and a thin sliced white onion on top. John Benhase, a consulting chef on the film, says that smashing the beef balls down into a thin patty causes the fat to render and the meat to crisp and caramelize, but the key to this outstanding burger is the use of onions.
The onions have their moment when the patty flips, and Benhase notes, "When you flip, the shaved onions will get trapped under the patties and start to steam and cook in the beef fat." Just make sure to scrape the griddle down well when you flip these patties to keep all the best of those crispy edges intact.