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Video: Mac & cheese + beef patty = Mac Attack  burger

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    >> coming up next, we'll head to the kitchen and sample a burger that's taking over the internet. the mac attack. but first, this is "today" on nbc.

    >>> we're back at 8:51. we are making the ultimate food. i'm excited about this.

    >> we're talking about god and now we're going to the godless burger . meet the mac attack burger with buns made entirely of mac and cheese . the picture alone set the internet on fire.

    >> billy is the owner of rocket burger bar in chicago . this is where it was invented. good morning.

    >> good morning. deep fried mac and cheese at that.

    >> thank you for clarifying. can anyone make it at home?

    >> anyone can make it. we'll start with whipping cream right here. you guys can do it.

    >> you do that.

    >> i'm going to put some really important geltin in. it's going to bind everything and create a solid.

    >> throw it in. it's a cup of cheddar jack.

    >> do you have to use a particular kind of cheese?

    >> no, use whatever you want . we use this at our place because our mac and cheese is well loved. we kept the same ingredients.

    >> a pinch of salt.

    >> a dash of pepper.

    >> you'll get that really nice and melted evenly. there you go.

    >> well --

    >> you guys are on it. so then what we're going to do is keep your whisk.

    >> can't stop whisking.

    >> put it right on your pasta. make sure it's cooked and ald al dente . it has the hollow middle so the cheese gets in there and the grooves are important so it binds to the cheese. let it cool. don't want it to melt the final ingredient which --

    >> oh my gosh. don't double dip . out, out. we plan to eat this.

    >> the reason you don't want these to melt is later you want people to bite into these morsels of cheese. then lay it out in a pan just like this. we're going to create a much more denser --

    >> oh, i see.

    >> it has to be a solid. let that cool for just an hour. this is the best part. cut out circles for me.

    >> you don't really ever cook it. you let it sit there.

    >> and we're going to cook it again in the frying pan in a second. pop that out. it's like a hockey puck . you're going to put it in seasoned flour.

    >> okay.

    >> follow me now.

    >> you guys are hungry.

    >> we want to do this.

    >> flour and then cover it in egg.

    >> did you say seasoned flour?

    >> yes just a pinch of salt and pepper .

    >> okay.

    >> and i'll put it in bread crumbs so we're creating this amazing crunch. it's going to go right into the frying pan .

    >> don't get it on me.

    >> okay.

    >> once you're done frying it to a golden brown just like this --

    >> yours are beautiful.

    >> that egg make ace really rich crust so it's just crisp and then you get the hot cheese and then you're done. you get the golden brown pieces and we're ready to make our burger . lettuce, tomato, you might do a burger . you might do two burgers if you wanted to.

    >> you could do a turkey burger and make it healthy. we do ketchup just to give it a nice little kick.

    >> you did a double burger .

    >> i did a double just to show you you can. you can do whatever you want . but these are yours. you should jump in and try those. that's the mac attack. a little gift from chicago .

    >> if i take a bite of this you may have to read this tease to thank yourself.

    >> to thank yourself.

    >> how do you guys like that? it's good, right? the picture as loan, we put it on social media went crazy the first day.

    >> wow.

    >> i love it.

    >> that's unbelievable.

    >> that is so good.

    >> you can come to chicago and come to rocket burger bar and try it out or put it at home. i'm sure you guys are putting the recipe online.

    >> thank you so much.

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updated 10/14/2013 9:12:00 AM ET 2013-10-14T13:12:00

Recipe: Mac Attack Burger

  • Mac and cheese bun
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 4 sheets of gelatin
  • 2/3 cups parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 cup cheddar jack, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Gorgonzola, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup cheddar, 1/4" cubed
  • 8 cups cooked cavatappi pasta
  • 2 13x9" baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Non stick spray
  • 3.25" round biscuit cutter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup coarse panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • For assembly
  • 3 4-oz beef burger patties (thin)
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 3 each pieces of lettuce
  • 3 slices tomato
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 teaspoons sriracha sauce
  • 1.5 teaspoons ketchup

For mac and cheese bun:
Heat cream in a large sauce pan and simmer until reduced about a third and it lightly coats the back of a spoon. Whisk in gelatin sheets until dissolved. Whisk in Parmesan, cheddar jack, gorgonzola and salt and pepper.

Place the pasta in a large mixing bowl and pour the cheese sauce over the pasta. Mix until well combined. Allow to cool to room temperature and then fold in the cheddar cubes.

Line 13x9 baking sheet with parchment paper, spray bottom and sides of pan with non stick spray. Pour mac and cheese into pan and spread out evenly. Lightly spread an additional sheet of parchment paper and place on top of the mac.

Set the second pan on top to press down the mac, place a few cans to weigh down the top pan to press the mac. Chill for at least 3 hours, until fully chilled and set.

Season flour with 1/4 teaspoon of each salt and pepper.

Season bread crumbs with 1/4 teaspoon of each salt and pepper.

Using the biscuit cutter, cut out 6 each mac discs. Dredge in flour, dip in egg and then in the bread crumbs.

Heat a large frying pan or skillet on high, add in vegetable oil and lightly pan fry breaded mac discs until golden on both sides. Drain on paper towel lined plate.

For assembly:
Lightly season burger patties with salt and pepper and grill on high heat until desired doneness.

Mix together the sriracha and ketchup.

Place one hot mac disc on a plate and then layer lettuce, tomato slice, burger patty, sprinkle of chopped scallions and a drizzle with sriracha ketchup, top with second mac disc.

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