ffwD: Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger

This week’s ffwD recipe was unique because it was the first time I’ve ever used a recipe to make hamburgers, even though I didn’t follow the recipe to a tee. Instead of using oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, I made moonblushed tomatoes (a la Nigella Lawson) for the mix and chopped them up with a good amount of capers.

The capers gave the beef a really nice salty taste, and the onion marmalade was surprisingly tasty! I wasn’t as resistant to the onions because I knew the raw pungent taste would be cooked out, almost caramelized. I was also quite pleased with the coriander in the marmalade. There was no need for Hellman’s mayonnaise!

Overall, these were probably the prettiest hamburgers I’ve ever made, although it might be difficult to tell by my photos. I think I was taking too long photographing my hamburgers because the Parmesan shavings started to sweat!

To see how other bloggers fared with the Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


55 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JamieAnne
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 08:28:06

    These look really lovely. I’ve never considered putting capers in my burgers. Very interesting.

  2. Cher
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 08:29:34

    This was definitely a “who knew?” for me. Of course, capers make everything better!

  3. Eileen
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 08:34:12

    Those are some nice looking burgers! I love that your parmesan started to sweat. I’ve had to start photographing my food super-fast, b/c Matt thinks I’m out of my mind if I hold up the food for too long.

  4. Vianney Rodriguez (@sweetlifebake)
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 08:37:08

    so true..a pretty burger, tasty!! capers..too cool!!

  5. Kathy
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 09:07:24

    Those burgers look fantastic! My photos didn’t do my burgers justice. I thought these were so delicious…loved all the different flavors.

  6. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 09:16:11

    I love capers! What a great addition to a burger

  7. Ronda
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 09:31:29

    Gosh…That looks so good!

  8. claire
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 09:38:01

    wow- i had never thought about jazzing up a burger like that! looks amazing!

  9. spicegirlfla
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:08:34

    Really thick and juicy looking! I’d never have thought to add capers! But I can sense how great that would taste, plus the onion marmalade! Oooh, I’d love a bit of that!!

  10. Krissy
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:31:27

    You do have some of the most beautiful burgers I’ve seen. Great kitchen work. Just too hot here for such a large amount of meat, but yours do look juicy and inspire me to make them in about January.

  11. oneexpatslife
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 11:26:39

    This was a first for me too, never made burgers before, no idea why. Yours look great so kudos on a successful first attempt!

  12. Caroline
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 12:03:04

    Now THAT is what I call a burger! Looks juicy and delicious!

  13. Three-Cookies
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 12:06:42

    Looks great, and glad to hear mayo was not missed.

  14. Elin
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 12:44:14

    your burger photo makes me drool and I want to make this again after having tasted it and now craving for it again πŸ™‚

  15. Miriam Barton
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 13:06:00

    Mmm, nothin’ beats a good burger! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  16. Liz
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 13:18:15

    SO lovely with your toasted buns! And I liked the onion marmalade so much more than I expected. Great week all around for the Doristas it seems~

  17. patty
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 14:18:56

    And your burger looks good too! Not so easy to photograph a burger- they need a little help- like maybe a pile of salty french fries or a milk shake, oh I’m bad!
    I liked the capers and would have never thought to put capers in ground meat;-)

  18. Clarkie @ Beloved Green
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 14:19:01

    This looks so juicy and mouth watering good. Seriously, I just drooled a little on my computer screen.

  19. chunklet's mom
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 14:43:56

    Those hamburgers look delicious! I wish there was a good burger in town (not fast food). I’m too lazy to make these myself, so you will have to do if for me πŸ™‚

  20. forgottenbeast
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 15:13:46

    Love the idea of capers in a burger, yum!

  21. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 16:24:01

    Your food posts always make me so hungry! Your burger looks delicious!

  22. Elaine
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 16:49:48

    I can’t believe these were so delicious that we didn’t even need mayo, or mustard, or ketchup! Glad you enjoyed these as well.

  23. Anita Menon
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 16:56:37

    They look delicious. It is past mid night here and I am heading over to my fridge for a mid night snack and it is all your fault

  24. ceciliag
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 17:23:00

    Onion marmalade.. divine! c

  25. Peggy
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 18:25:02

    Oh wow! What I wouldn’t do for one of those burgers right now =)

  26. Lola's Kitchen
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 19:30:43

    Burgers look good and I’m still planning to try your Moonblush Tomatoes!

  27. Betty
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 19:43:07

    We don’t eat a lot of red meat, but every once in a while I get a huge craving for a big juicy hamburger. This one looks really good! πŸ™‚

  28. kankana
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 20:22:23

    The patty looks so juicy and moist. It looks delicious and I am getting very hungry now.

  29. saffronandhoney
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 20:50:50

    Loving the layers of cheese πŸ™‚ looks fantastic!

  30. betsy
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 21:07:07

    You know, I don’t think I ever used a recipe for hamburgers before either. I loved the mix-ins. Your burger looks so delicious. Wish I’d toasted the bun.

  31. Quay Po
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 22:09:38

    No, it is not hard to see this hamburger of yours is pretty! I can imagine how tasty the meat is with your moonblushed tomatoes and capers! Today is Saturday and we usually will skip breakfast and have brunch so can you hear my stomach growling after seeing moist and juicy hamburger of yours?

  32. Life is Full
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 22:38:55

    Oh my, such delicious looking burgers! I didn’t have time to make them this week, but if only I live near other FFWD-ers so I could have a taste! πŸ˜‰

  33. Dessert By Candy
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 22:58:18

    Heheee, love that you concluded the post with the sweating parmesan. The burgers do look very pretty indeed!

  34. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 23:26:30

    Your burgers look really pretty and tempting! And I like that term moonblushed tomatoes a lot…only Nigela can come up with a name like that :-).

  35. Tiffany
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 07:51:01

    This looks very tasty! Sounds better then my old plain hamburgers! Thanks for sharing!!

  36. Vivian - vxdollface
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 10:08:04

    oh boy! that patty looks delicious!

  37. kitchen flavours
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 10:19:16

    Hamburgers! My, you have me drooling with this, the ingredients sounds fantastic, have not tried capers in hamburger before, a nice addition that I will keep in mind. Have a nice day!

  38. Trevor Sis. boom
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 10:45:42

    Both you and Nigella never fail to make me smile. Your burger looks so sexy and juicy!

  39. Serene
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 11:32:59

    I *have* to try those tomatoes. Man, they look marvelous. Burger looks great, too. πŸ™‚

  40. sara
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 12:40:04

    Love this burger! I rarely mix things into my burgers (I usually just do toppings), so this sounds like a great idea to mix in all that good stuff! Those tomatoes in particular sound super awesome…have to try them! Yum.

  41. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 15:54:43

    Mmmm…. cheeseburgers! I normally don’t use a recipe either. This just looks awesome though.

  42. Yuri
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 18:42:54

    Beautiful burgers! Love the parmesan shavings on top.

  43. nana
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 19:16:52

    I think the slow roasted tomatoes would work well here, we have been using
    them on everything. That is one recipe hubby wants me to make again and again.
    Tricia missed a good burger so I think I will have to make one for her to
    taste, however, I’m going to aim for sliders this time.

  44. Adriana @ GreatFood360Β°
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 21:28:47

    Sweaty Parmesasn is happy Parmesan! I really loved this burger and will happily revisit the recipe.

  45. torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 23:14:26

    looks fabulous and filling the cheese on top looks wonderful
    food palette series black is till the end of this month do participate if time permits πŸ™‚
    regards Akheela

  46. Simply Life
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 07:02:19

    mmm…what a great looking burger!

  47. Parsley Sage
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 10:48:41

    Mmmmm! Those burgers look delicious! Another big win for Dorie (and for Nigella too cause those tomatoes sound very yummy!)

  48. Tasty Mayhem
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 14:51:30

    my cheese started to sweat too! Yours look like they turned out great. I checked out the tomato recipe and I’m definitely going to try the overnight version. I like anything you can cook slowly overnight – I have a pork shoulder recipe that gets cooked in the 225 degree range overnight…

  49. Ryan
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 15:17:48

    Wow, these look SO good!! After being without power until this morning, a big juicy hamburger sounds like the perfect thing right now especially with the tomatoes Parmesan,and capers! Sounds especially delicious!

  50. Ameena
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 15:44:02

    I don’t eat meat anymore but honestly? I could really use a burger right now. Really!

  51. Kelly
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 16:18:37

    Now that’s a burger! Love the addition of capers.

  52. sonia
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 18:33:34

    Hey, This is looking so Gud and Appetizing… !A very well made post with beautiful pictures. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

  53. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 11:59:41

    These look gorgeous with tomatoes and the Parmesan. Love how it is melting into the burger! Yum!

  54. Cakelaw
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 23:33:51

    Moonblushed tomatoes eh – who could resist? Your burgers look terrific.

  55. sanya
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 00:49:30

    I’ve missed so many weeks of FFWD!
    The hamburgers look amazing!
    And who can resist moonblushed tomatoes! Best name ever!

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