After ending The Menu, I wasn’t dreaming of fancy hors d’oeuvres or carefully-crafted primary programs. As a substitute, I used to be craving a very good old school cheeseburger.

The movie, now streaming on HBO Max, facilities round Chef Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) who’s a mysterious cook dinner at an elite island restaurant placing collectively an avant-garde lineup of dishes for his visitors. One among his extra hesitant diners, Margot (Anya Taylor-Pleasure), quickly turns into aware of the lethal twists on the eating expertise. Like me, all Margot actually needs to eat is a burger, and the scene of Slowik making it for her leads to the movie’s stand-out, most drool-worthy dish.

John Benhase, a consulting chef on The Menu, shared pointers with PEOPLE for making the buzzy burger. And one factor’s for sure — in The Menu and in real-life kitchens — simplicity all the time wins.

Making the yard traditional was impossibly straightforward and fast. Based on Benhase, “burger balls are key.” Whereas he says freshly floor beef mix is finest, any 80/20 floor beef works simply effective. Utilizing floor sirloin, I divided one pound evenly into eight balls. Benhase says to work the meat “as little as potential” because it’s “essential to not emulsify the fat or heat them up.”

Subsequent, I positioned the meat balls onto a forged iron skillet, utilizing a sq. of parchment paper as a buffer between the spatula to keep away from sticking. “A sturdy metal flipper is essential for urgent and flipping,” Benhase says. To realize an on-screen-worthy end result, I pressed down on the balls in order that the patties turned very skinny.

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“Season the newly flatten sides and add shaved yellow onion on the uncooked aspect after seasoning,” Benhase advises subsequent. “Watch the meat fats do its factor and the perimeters get crispy.”

The shaved yellow onions on the patties is what makes this recipe stand out. I made certain to slice the onions tremendous skinny in order that they have been in a position to cook dinner down sufficient.

Benhase provides: “When flipping, you wish to actually scrap to be sure to do not lose any of the crispy bits. If you flip, the shaved onions will get trapped beneath the patties and begin to steam and cook dinner within the beef fats.”

Identical to any traditional burger recipe, Benhase requires American cheese. “It begins to offer you these ‘fried egg’ edges because it melts,” he says.

In relation to toasting a sesame seed bun, he recommends toasting it with clarified butter. I used melted butter, which nonetheless introduced a pleasant, nutty aspect to the dish.

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I put loads of pickles on the underside of the bun, per Benhase’s directions, and opted for a dollop of ketchup. “Scrap no matter sauce you need on the highest,” he says.

“Lastly, stack the patties ensuring to not lose the fantastic onions beneath or all of the crispy cheese bit. Give the ultimate product a very good press and see all of the fantastic juices move.”

My last end result was completely scrumptious. Cooking the crisp, but tender candy onions into the precise burger completely complemented the chunk of the tangy pickles. It is a genius technique I am going to undoubtedly be utilizing once more as soon as it is heat sufficient to host a summer season barbecue.

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Whereas I sometimes go for a slab of cheddar, the melted American cheese labored wonders, enveloping the patties right into a melty, tasty full package deal.

As a without end McDonald’s fan, I say this in the easiest way potential: The movie’s easy burger was harking back to the chain’s staple menu merchandise with its quintessential, skinny elements, but elevated with gourmand taste and elements.

Within the phrases of Margot, “now that is a burger.”

The Menu is now streaming on HBO Max.