Ruby’s Cheeseburger

8 years ago by


Erik Melvin

There are few things better than a perfectly crafted burger. In fact, the only thing better than a good burger is one that’s been thoughtfully constructed by a team of Australians. Enter Ruby’s. The New York City based establishment that focuses on using fresh ingredients with the perfect amount of Australian influence.

And because today is Independence day in the U.S., we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to gather friends, fireworks, and some festive garb, and whip up a couple of these beautiful babes. This burger might have its roots Down Under, but its presence is welcomed with open arms in the Northern Hemisphere.

Happy 4th of July!

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Classic Cheeseburger | Thomas Lim, Ruby’s Cafe

Yields 1 Burger


Two 3-oz. beef patties (chuck and cheek blend)
2 slices American cheese
2 oz. shaved iceberg lettuce
1 slice of ripe beefsteak tomato
1oz diced white onion
4 slices of half sour pickles
1 Martin’s Potato Roll
1oz confit onion
2 oz. Special Sauce
1oz sunflower oil
1oz soft unsalted butter

Confit Onions:

2 yellow onions, diced
1 cup grapeseed oil
1 tbsp sea salt
1 1″ slab of smoked bacon

Special Sauce:

1 cup kewpie mayonnaise
2 tbsp yellow mustard
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp relish
1 tsp chopped capers
1 tsp chopped cornichons
1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
Pinch of salt


For the onions:
Place all ingredients in a large pot and put over a low flame, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure it doesn’t catch. Once onions are tender remove from the heat, remove bacon and strain off oil. Reserve oil for next batch.

For the special sauce:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well, season with salt to taste.

For the burger:
Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Cut the burger bun in half and butter both sides; toast in the hot pan and remove when golden brown.

Season patties generously with salt , add oil to pan followed by patties, press each patty down to ensure a nice caramelized crust develops. Cook for about 1 to 1-1/2 minutes per side.

Before removing patties from the pan, place confit onions, diced onions on top followed by cheese and melt until cheese corners wilt down.

Build your burger by spreading special sauce on both sides of your toasted bun. On the bottom half of the bun place pickles, tomato and lettuce. Place patties on top, followed by top half of the bun.

If you’re in New York, make sure to stop by Ruby’s new Murray Hill location!

Ruby’s Cafe | 442 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10016 | 212 – 300 – 4245


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