Ok, so, I’m a total hypocrite. I politely turned down some beautiful imported foie gras on Christmas Eve due to “philosophical objections”….meanwhile I had this veal burger on my menu plan for a week. I’m not exactly ‘pro-veal’, but I eat it a few times a year. Also, have I mentioned how much I love cows? I do. Life is hard. BUT, this burger is SO GOOD, and dare I say, worth the guilt. The acorn squash drizzled with honey was amazing on this burger, which tastes like a giant, tender meatball covered in cheese.
Sage-Scented Veal Burgers with Fontina and Honeyed Squash Rings
Just the Tip / Inspired by Rachael Ray’s Everyday Magazine
What I used:
- 1 small acorn squash, peeled, seeded, and sliced thinly into 1/4″ rings
- olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 10 sage leaves
- 1/2 ground beef
- 1 lb ground veal
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 6 slices fontina cheese
- 4 crusty rolls
- honey for drizzling
- salt, pepper
What I did:
- Preheat oven to 425. Lightly coat (or spray) the squash slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until tender and browned at the edges, 22-25 minutes. Once tender, remove from oven and drizzle with a little honey. Reserve.
- Melt the butter over medium-high heat until it foams. Add the sage and fry until crisp, 1-2 minutes. Drain the sage on a paper towel and discard the butter. Chop the sage once it is cool to the touch.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground veal, ground beef, sage, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper and form into patties.
- Heat a cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook for 4 minutes, flip, top the burgers with a slice and a half of fontina and cook for another 4 minutes.
- Lightly toast the buns and place the cheeseburgers on the roll bottoms, top with the squash rings and set the roll tops in place.