Youve got to work hard to create a burger that lives up to the catchphrase Bam!
And Emeril Lagasse has done just that, offering a seriously over-the-top half-pound burger of prime ground chuck topped with a round of fried fresh mozzarella cheese and drizzled with chipotle, tomato and lime aioli.
I wanted a balance of texture and flavor in achieving one of the ultimate comfort foods, Lagasse said in an e-mail interview. I loved the idea of combining a rich fried cheese with prime chuck and the spicy aioli.
Lagasse has been thinking a lot about burgers lately. In December, he opened his Burgers And More (get it? BAM?) restaurant in Bethlehem, Pa. The menu features three high-flavor burgers, including one that sports grass-fed beef with andouille sausage, pepper jack cheese and spicy mustard. And soon there may be a fourth. Lagasse is considering adding the Bam! burger with chipotle, tomato and lime aioli.