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Hubert Keller’s Favorite Gadget 
Aug. 27, 2012 8:43 am 
Updated: Sep. 4, 2012 8:04 am

By Nan and Jan

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Chef Hubert Keller may be French by birth and training, yet since moving stateside, he has embraced grilling and the all-American favorite—burgers. In fact, in 2004 Chef Keller unknowingly and single-handedly launched an upscale burger craze throughout the U.S with the success of his Burger Bar restaurant at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas.

Known for his innovation and creativity, Chef Keller also shows a very practical side for home cooking. “I love to grill,” he says, while also acknowledging that he doesn’t always want to do it outside, especially in less-than-ideal weather. His solution? “There’s nothing like Cuisinart’s Griddler, “ he says. “It heats up beautifully, giving your food a great sear and terrific grilled look. It’s easy to control the temperature and cooks food evenly.  I love that you can use it for so many different things, like grilling steaks and chicken and even making grilled sandwiches.”

If you are unfamiliar with Cuisinart’s Griddler, it is a versatile, compact countertop appliance with reversible plates, one side with grids for grilling and the other side smooth for griddle-cooking. Used with the top down, it cooks food twice as fast as in a skillet, since both sides cook simultaneously. Open the top and it easily converts to an extra-large cooking surface for pancakes, bacon, or open-faced sandwiches.

Details: The electric Cuisinart Griddler consists of a “floating” cover that adjusts to the thickness of the food and one set of reversible, nonstick, dishwasher-safe plates that snap in and out of the two cooking surfaces. The cooking plates drain grease off for healthy cooking into a grease collector drawer that is easy to remove for cleaning. A selector dial lets you perform five separate cooking tasks: contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, or half grill/half griddle. Separate griddle and griddle/panini controls adjust to desired cooking temperature. Brushed stainless steel housing. Three year limited warranty. Suggested retail $100. Available at

Stuffed Blue-Cheese Sirloin Burgers with Apple and Bacon –

For a Crowd

4 lbs. ground beef sirloin


1 red onion, finely chopped


2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves


8 oz. Blue cheese, preferably Stilton or Roquefort


12 slices bacon, apple smoked


2 Fuji apples


2-1/2 cups loosely packed arugula leaves


2 tablespoons olive oil


24 mini buns


Salt and pepper

1. Preheat the Cuisinart Griddler fitted with the griddle plates in the open position, to High. Once preheated, place the bacon on the hot plates and cook to your liking. Carefully transfer bacon to a paper-towel lined plate or tray to drain and set aside.

2. While bacon is cooking, prepare burgers. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, chopped onions, thyme leaves, and pepper. Mix well using your hands. Form into 48 thin patties. Create small craters in the center of half of the patties, leaving an edge of about 1/4 inch all the way around and place a small dollop of blue cheese in the center. Place a second patty over the first patty pinching the sides together. Make sure the cheese stuffing is completely covered. Season the mini burgers with salt and pepper on both sides.

3. Using a heat-proof spatula, carefully scrape excess grease off the griddle plates into the drip tray. Place prepared burgers on the bottom griddle plate, leaving at least 1 inch in between each burger. Close the Griddler and grill for 3 to 4 minutes, or until desired doneness. Remove and reserve and repeat with the next round of burgers. (You can also grill these in the open position. Place burgers evenly on both plates in the open position. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until desired doneness.) Note: Be gentle when you turn each burger so that it does not break open.

4. Thinly slice the apple and top each burger with the slices just before removing from the heat. After cooking the burgers, place the buns on the hot griddle plates and toast lightly. Remove and cover the bottom half of each bun with a few leaves of arugula. Top with the burgers, then the bacon and the top half of the bun. Serve immediately. Makes 24 mini burgers.

Meet Hubert Keller

Growing up in Ribeauville, Alsace, France, Chef Keller lived over Patisserie Keller, and the children frequently helped their father with the baking. By the age of 16, Chef Keller knew he wanted to become a professional. Some of the greatest French chefs recognized the teenaged Keller’s exceptional talent and became his mentors. After working  in France and South America, renowned chef Roger Vergé sent him in 1982 to San Francisco to open Sutter 500.

In 1986, Chef Keller took over Fleur de Lys, San Francisco’s most romantic restaurant, and  it soon gained a stellar national reputation, putting a national spotlight on its chef/owner.   In 2004, Chef Keller opened two distinctive restaurants in Las Vegas: the elegant, signature Fleur de Lys and the hip, casual Burger Bar.

Chef Keller’s influence extends beyond his restaurants to the millions of people he reaches through television and books.  His PBS series, Secrets of a Chef  is starting its fourth season in spring/summer 2013. His latest cookbook, Souvenirs: Stories and Recipes from My Life (Andrews McMeel) will be available in November 2012.

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Aug. 29, 2012 6:45 am
I have that exact griddler and I love mine. Easy to use and clean :)
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We are GadgetGals-tm, a team of two women who love food and write about kitchen gadgets at allrecipes and at our own website The website provides news, reviews, and know-how about all kinds of kitchenware and small appliances. We have been writing about kitchenware since 2003. Nancy lives on a farm in Iowa and Jan lives in an apartment in New York City. Nancy is left handed and Jan is right handed. Good for testing the comfort of many gadgets. We love to help any and all with food questions gadget advice and concerns related to food prep.
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We both like to bake. Nancy lives on an apple farm, so she is more of the expert for all things apple related. Since we both have families, fast daily cooking is a concern to both GadgetGals-tm. Jan loves to entertain and tries out new menu ideas on her guests. Nancy never knows who will drop in at her farm, so she always has a cup of coffee ready to serve with a "treat."
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We both celebrate the holidays, through the year, from New Years to Fourth of July to Christmas. We both try to add a new idea or recipe to the menus of the traditional foods the family expects. Jan loves to grill. Nan always holds a Christmas cookie baking day with cousins Cathy and Ann and sometimes Cathy's grandkids.
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Nancy trying many times to bake a two layer pie of pumpkin and pecan pie with the nuts on top. Never got it to separate into layers though it tasted good! For Jan, sprinkling salt on Bosc pears, thinking it was sugar then baking them. What a taste surprise everyone had at dessert time!
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