So, in case the title of this post hasn't clued you in yet, this is Hugh. Hi.

First off, I want to say thank you so much to those of you who celebrated and encouraged us in the comment field of the previous post. Your genuine excitement was an honor. I think you're all pretty rad.

Anyway, back to cheeseburgers. There's this really neat restaurant just up the freeway called The Counter. You can read about the concept behind the place here, but in a nutshell, when you walk in they give you a clipboard with a checkbox menu, and you get to draft up any one of the 312,120+ different burger options possible with the list of ingredients. Daunting. I generally burn through about three "rough draft" menus before I finally send one off to the kitchen. I came up with the following a couple weeks ago while having lunch with a buddy.

Of course, I had to call Sara with the preventative "does this make sense?" measure before I could actually order it. She said yes. So you know it's good.

If you like things with a kick, add a tsp. of horseradish to the spread.

2 Fresh Buns
2/3 lb. Grassfed Beef
1/2 Cup Sliced Scallions
1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries, soaking in hot water
4 Slices Brie/Preferably Goat's Milk Brie
2-4 Full Leaves Butter Lettuce (or any soft green of choice)

1. Put the cast iron skillet in the oven at 400' to heat through. This step is not necessary if you are using any other pan/skillet.
2. Divide the beef in to 1/3 lb patties, and shape them to be about 1/2'' thick. Keep in mind that they will shrink in quite a bit when cooked. Sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides.
3. Drain the cranberries and mix with the scallions, set aside.
4. Heat the pan over medium-high heat on the stove. If it is cast iron coming from the oven, you can start working right away. Otherwise, add about 1 tsp grapeseed oil and allow it to heat up a couple minutes. Add one patty at a time, sear on one side for 4 minutes, or until you see the edges of the patty begin to brown and shrink up a bit. In the meantime, put your buns in the toaster or toaster oven. Flip the burger, and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the brie and let it melt a minute before you remove the burger. Test the firmness of the center of the burger to gauge it's doneness (Close your hand into a light fist, poke the meaty party between your index finger and thumb, that's about medium).
5. Cover with foil and allow it to sit for two minutes. ** This timing yields a medium cooked burger in a hot cast iron pan. Vary your timing if you prefer it cooked more or less.
5. While the burger rests, put desired amount of mustard on the buns. To assemble: bottom bun+butter lettuce+burger with softened cheese+cranberry and scallion mix+bun top. Booya.

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Reader Comments (57)

That may be the most delicious burger I have ever seen. I have ground turkey in the fridge and may try it with that tonight!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I love the counter, we have one up here in the Bay Area. I'll have to order that one next time I go. Swoon, it looks so great. PS The Counter is an awesome place for kids- I always go with my niece and nephew.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSugar

Gorgeous burger! I love the flavor combination of sweet dried cranberries and creamy brie cheese.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

awesome, awesome, and more awesome. the combo is a keeper if you ask me!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian-at-RED

The last frame is the best. Can't wait to try this!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKip

A burger man. Sara, you're marrying well. Hi, Hugh!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

ridic, I just ate and now I'm hungry again

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChad Zellner

I don't eat meat, but I have to say that this looks like it would make a fantastic grilled cheese. Do you think the same combo would work sans patty? I just might have to try!

You had me at the word "brie." This looks delish!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

loving this combo! we are big fans of The Counter.....although I usually end up getting a bit stressed with the endless possibilities--so many choices!!

We will have to try this out!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersheena

I ate at a "Counter" in Walnut Creek (Bay Area). I loved the decor and the concept, and the food is very pretty. However, my husband and I found the burgers to be very, very bland. Pretty food should taste good too, but what we ate really had barely any taste at all. The garlic fries were good, but the onion strings tasted fishy.

I think I'd take a cue from their menus, but make my own combination at home instead where I can be sure everything will be flavorful.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

yeah, does it even need the burger? what's not great with brie and cranberries? Nice pictures too.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteresacooks

Hugh- gorgeous photos (as usual)! I think my husband would really love this one. thx!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

I like how you think Hugh:) We have a Counter right down from our house in Seattle and I always get so overwhelmed by the menu but always enjoy what I order, even though my orders are very bizarre. I love this combo with the cranberry!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoco

Yum! Brie and cranberries were meant for each other, but then you add beef?! Perfection!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDessertForTwo

Hugh - love the brie!!!!!!!!!!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda @zomppa

Sounds fabulous. I will try this. We will see how the husband likes it though.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I LOVE the Counter! And this combination sounds so good. I'm with you on never being able to decide from all those options. I'll definitely give this combo a go next time I'm there.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

We have a similar restaurant in Baltimore. It's called Abbey Burger Bar. One can find themselves with a rather tall and messy (but delicious) burger if they're adventurous enough.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

this looks SO amazing!!! i just discovered your blog -- huge congratulations on your engagement!!! -- and am loving it. i'm going to be back every day now!! :) xo

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoanna goddard

oh that looks tasty...and thanks for the "counter" tip...I want to check it out!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternicole


May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterg

Can I just say here that I've been missing out like crazy? I clicked the link for The Counter and realized that there is one in Chicago! damnnation! I will be heading there soon.

oh, and nice burger - i'll eat anything with brie. and cranberries.

Well it makes sense to me...sounds crazy good.

Congrats again:)

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe French

What an interesting combination - that looks delicious!

Whoa! Wonderful photos of course but that's a really really good idea for a burger! Kudos on coming up with that. I think my hubby would seriously go for it.

its beautiful and I'm very hungry now! good job!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Fatin Azreen

The combination sounds awesome! I love goat's milk brie! I have to make this soon!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoey

Well, that's a burger done right. I love dijon - dijonnaise would work lovely with the burger as well! I often use it with quick and easy going turkey clubs. A gorgeous post, as always!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiina

brie + cranberries = heaven.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEsther

Oh this looks incredible, what a concept! I love all the ingredients on their own and they would actually pair deliciously well together for a burger. Well done with the choice! I wish this burger place was near me!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Cilantropist

YUM! yes, please! love this combo...may need to put it on the official menu for next week.
xo, anne

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranne

Yum - I knew this was going to be good as soon as I saw the brie and cranberries picture. The cafeteria at my work makes a fabulous turkey sandwich with brie and cranberry sauce on a baguette. I think I may have to run home and make this burger tonight :0)

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

This looks amazing! I am a big fan of brie!

Love the photos on this!

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTasty Yummies

Love the Counter concept...I frequented the one in Palo Alto when I was living in California. I never did have this combo, but it looks lovely. Brie on a warm burger, seriously, what could be better?

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergastroanthropologist

I can't remember where you guys live, but if you ever make it to Chicago, please go check out Kuma's Corner. It's a metal in an up-and-coming part of town that serves whiskey on tap and incredible, gourmet burgers. The first time I was there, I had a burger with brie and bourbon-soaked pears. In a metal bar with 50s porn in the bathroom.

Anyway, your post reminded me of this awesome establishment. I think the burger you posted sounds fantastic and hope to try it soon.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChicago!

Hi guys - I've been to The Counter in Marina Del Rey. Really good!! Congrats again on your engagement. I love the 'preventative measure'. So sweet. :)

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYumi @ Natsukashii

what a great combo! I love brie & cranberries :)

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCara

MEAT!!!!! I love this reciepe! Hugh thanks! Can't wait to try.

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdiane

I love brie. This looks soo good.

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoemi

This burger looks sinfully wonderful! The Counter sounds like a great eatery, I need one in my state =).

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatelyn

Beautiful, I love the cranberries + brie combo.

This looked so good!! I LOVE Brie cheese so I went grocery shopping yesterday and I'm cooking it tonight for my husband and me! Very excited about it!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvie

Sarah and Hugh, I made this tonight along with your farmhouse carrots and it was a huge hit with the hubs! We arent currently eating any grains so I scratched the bun and I didnt have cranberries but I cooked down some fresh cherries and it was wonderful! So much flavor. I used your advice and got goats milk brie and I think it is even more flavorful and not as "stinky" as cow's milk brie :)
The farmhouse carrots were great as well! I chopped mine up into smaller sticks so they would cook a little faster and I didnt have savory but the thyme and rosemary did the trick.
Thank you so much for sharing these healthy, creative recipes! I have several bookmarked!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoco

Oh my, that looks sooooooo delish!

May 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

[...] fries in a separate fryer than their onion strings.  Heaven.  However, the recent post over at Sprouted Kitchen encouraged me to create The Counter experience at home where I could partake with my own gluten [...]

Brie and cranberries are so great together! I love this as a burger topping. I usually go with turkey for a burger, and this topping would be fantastic.

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisaiscooking

a hamburger with brie? that's pure genious.

May 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKat Braman

This is a wonderful post and super pictures. I was trying to read your latest post, but the photos on this one just pulled me in. yum, I want one! SOunds like a great restaurant. I have been getting folks here to my my burgers with sneaky greens. they have been a big hit. here's a link to that post from my blog:

Thanks for your gorgeous blog. you are a continuous source of inspiration for me as i work on my blog. You are so luck to have a great photographer to help you! fabulous!

May 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTagan Engel

i am a vegetarian BUT these photos are beautiful!!


June 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertiffany.

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