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L’Auberge de Sedona is known for it’s serene setting alongside the creek and against the magnificent red rock formations of Sedona. It is also known for its incredible cuisine, including its mouth-watering Day Burger. Try the recipe below and fall in love with this unique gastronomical treat!

L’Auberge Day Burger (makes 2)

1 1⁄4 lb. 80/20 ground beef 1 medium shallot, minced 1⁄2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1⁄2 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1 tsp. soy sauce 1 cup baby arugula 1 large tomato, sliced 6 or so slices of bread and butter pickles 2 brioche hamburger buns Salt and black pepper

Russian Dressing

1⁄4 cup ketchup 1⁄4 cup mayonnaise 1⁄4 cup whole grain mustard 2 tbsp. minced bread and butter pickles 1 lemon, juiced 3 cloves garlic, roasted, pureed Salt and white pepper to taste

Start by getting your grill very hot; preferably charcoal grill.

For the meat mixture, combine Worcestershire, Dijon, soy sauce, minced shallot and ground beef in a large mixing bowl and thoroughly incorporate. Portion the mixture into two, three-quarter pound balls and smash between two pieces of parchment paper to a 1 inch thickness.  Set aside in the refrigerator.

In the meantime, grab another mixing bowl and combine all of the ingredients for the Russian Dressing and whisk until thoroughly incorporated.  Set this aside in the refrigerator.

Slice the tomato into for thick slices.  Divide the cup of arugula in half.

Once the grill is hot enough, season each burger patty with salt and black pepper and sear.  Wait about two minutes or until the top of the patties sweat a little and flip them over.  Wait about two more minutes or until medium (or to your liking).

Quickly toast the buns for about thirty seconds. Generously dress the buns with the Russian Dressing and lay down the arugula, tomatoes, bread and butter pickles, then the burger patty.  Top with your favorite cheese (or not) and serve with your favorite fries.

Be sure to have plenty of napkins around and a couple of ice

(Courtesy of Chef Jimmy Day, L’Auberge de Sedona, lauberge.com)