Beefsteak Sandwiches 3.000

Dixie D. Vereen for The Washington Post

Aug 17, 2016

The signature dish of José Andrés's fast-casual Beefsteak restaurant is a fresh-tasting, no-cook veggie burger that everyone loves.

Olive oil buns are used at the restaurant; here, we've substituted brioche buns, so the recipe's no longer vegan.

Make Ahead: You may have some herb Dijon mayonnaise left over; it can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


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Tested size: 3 servings

  • For the pickled onion
  • 1/2 medium red onion, cut in half and then into thin half-moons (julienne)
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • For the herb dijon mayonnaise
  • 1 cup plain Just Mayo (may substitute another plant-based mayonnaise)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 to 4 lemons)
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • For the sandwiches
  • 3 brioche hamburger buns, toasted (see headnote)
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato, blanched and peeled (see NOTE)
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Flesh of 1 fairly firm avocado, cut into thin slices
  • Alfalfa sprouts


For the pickled onion: Place the onion in a medium-size heatproof bowl. Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, thyme and black peppercorns in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring just to a boil, then pour over the onion, making sure it is submerged. Let it sit for 1 hour, then drain, reserving the liquid for another use, if desired.

For the herb Dijon mayonnaise: Whisk together the plant-based mayo, Dijon mustard, capers, parsley, dill and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Taste; season with salt as needed. You'll need a total of 6 tablespoons for the sandwiches; the rest can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

For the sandwiches: Spread each half of the bun with 1 tablespoon of the herb Dijon mayonnaise.

Cut three 3/4-inch slices from middle of the peeled tomato.

Place a slice of tomato on each bottom bun half. Season the tomato lightly with salt and pepper, then drizzle with a little oil. Top each portion with avocado slices, 2 tablespoons of the pickled onion and some alfalfa sprouts. Top with the remaining brioche bun halves.

NOTE: To peel the tomato, score a shallow X in the bottom. Place in a pot of boiling water for 20 to 30 seconds, then immediately drain and transfer to an ice-water bath. When cool enough to handle, discard the tomato skin.

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From José Andrés's ThinkFoodGroup.

Tested by Nilar Andrea Chit Tun.

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