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National Burger Month Recipe: 25 Degrees' Number One Burger

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May is National Burger Month, and we plan on celebrating accordingly. Throughout the upcoming weeks we'll be bringing you all sorts of coverage, from recipes to grilling tips to best-of lists.

The first recipe comes from 25 Degrees, the all-hours burger lounge which is run by Tim Goodell over at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Here's how their (appropriately named for our purposes) Number One Burger is made.

25 Degrees’ Number One burger
Serves 4

Ingredients

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2 pounds of ground beef 80% lean/20% fat blend, formed into a patty
8 slices of apple wood smoked bacon
8 ounces Crescenza cheese
8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
4 Brioche buns, or alternative artisanal bread, toasted
8 tablespoons 1000 Island dressing (see recipe below)
Handful of washed wild arugula

25 Degrees 1000 Island dressing
Serves 4

Ingredients

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 ounce pickles, minced
1/2 ounce shallots, minced
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Method

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Heat a griddle or sauté pan over medium high heat and coat with olive oil. In a bowl, combine beef and salt and pepper to taste to form four 5 inch patties. Cook patties for about 8-9 minutes in pan, flipping once, to desired doneness.

While burgers are cooking, place all the bacon in a skillet, cook for about 5 minutes on each side, reserve.

Just before patties are cooked, place the crescenza and gorgonzola cheese on top until melted. Remove from heat and let rest.

Mix ingredients for the 25 Degrees 1000 Island dressing in a bowl and set aside.

Halve the toasted Brioche buns then spread dressing on each side. Layer the bacon and arugula to complete the burger. Serve warm.