The Eleven burger reigns supreme at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. One of the most popular items on the lunch menu, quite literally tens of thousands of these beef baby gems have rolled across the char-broiler. So what’s the secret for making a great burger, you ask..? Well, this is how we do it!
The first thing to remember is that every burger is owned by its creator—it is indeed a canvas dish (see definition below). So, feel free to embellish, change, or alter this technique in any way you see fit.
A canvas dish is a composed foodstuff that may serve as a background that can be manipulated through the devices and imagination of a chef to create something completely original. Examples of canvas dishes include pizza, custard, bread, and sandwiches.
We start by using the highest quality and freshest ingredients available. During the spring and summer months we stratify our burger with Brandywine, Big Boy, and just about any locally grown heirloom tomato we can get out hands on from the Bentonville Farmers’ Market. In this professional foodie’s mind, the tomato is every bit as important as the beef; a tomato that is sweet, juicy, perpetually firm without being mushy, with delicate skin that pops under the strain of incisors will ensure that the Eleven burger is en route to nothing short of culinary nirvana.
A burger, in its truest form, is a sandwich (see brief history of the sandwich below), a series of ingredients book-ended by bread that contains a combination of salad vegetables, meat, cheese, and a variety of condiments.
The Eleven Burger is chock full of carefully maneuvered ingredients that consists of eight ounces of black Angus ground beef, leaf lettuce, homemade red-pepper mayo, and two slices of tomato that are all framed beautifully by two thick slices of buttered Texas Toast. It’s simple, easy, and utterly All-American. The ground patty is seasoned with our Eleven spice (shhh, the recipe to come in future blogs) and slowly grilled to a perfect medium temperature, then assembled and garnished with pickled okra to give it a whisper of Southern style.
So, the next time you’re craving the perfect burger, do yourself a favor and make your way to the Museum…art on the walls, art on the plate translate to a life fulfilled! Live, Love, and Eat with Art!