The Hard Rock Cafe spills its secrets on how to improve on grilling and mixing

By Stephen M. Silverman
May 08, 2013 01:00 PM
Courtesy Hard Rock Cafe; Inset: Landov

Even titled nobility like Prince Harry can kick back and enjoy the basic gastronomic pleasure of a hamburger – chased by a mojito.

So it was proved only recently at London’s Hard Rock Calling music festival, where Harry rocked stage-side to the American band The Killers while he also chowed down from the concert’s food menu.

“Harry has joined us at Hard Rock Calling twice now and each time he has visited our Hard Rock Cafe tent,” says the Hard Rock’s Orlando-based executive chef Jason Gronlund, who describes the chain’s Classic Legendary Burger as “topped with seasoned bacon, two slices of Cheddar cheese, a crisp fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles.”

By coincidence, Harry is headed stateside on a goodwill visit starting Thursday – and May just happens to be National Burger Month – with stops planned for Colorado, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie promises to keep the royal rascal on his best behavior.

“Harry and his friends know how to party and have shared a few rounds at the Hard Rock Cafe at Hard Rock Calling,” adds Hard Rock Cafe beverage director, Cindy Busi. “Harry and company have also sipped Hard Rock’s Signature Mojitos made with muddled fresh mint.”

Whether he and Gov. Christie imbibe together remains to be seen. (GIven the guv’s recent lap-band surgery, that seems unlikely.) In the meantime, you, too, can rock like Harry by prepping your own versions of the Hard Rock’s popular 10 oz. Burger and signature mojitos.

Here are some Hard Rock suggestions for turning out the best burger possible, as well as two beverage recipes fit for a prince.

Burger Tips
• Use only fresh ingredients (for example, crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, etc.)
• Start with a high-quality meat (Hard Rock Cafe uses Certified Angus Beef)
• Lightly butter a fresh bun before toasting on the grill
• The grill should be in the 550-degree range to sear meat well; the cooking time will depend on the temperature of the grill and thickness of the burger
• Flip the burger, but never more than three times
• Don’t press the burger to make it cook faster, because you want the juices to seal in – and don’t poke the burger poke with a fork
• Don’t over-season – simple salt and fresh ground pepper will do the trick to bring out the natural flavors

Mixed Berry Mojito
3 oz. Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum
4 oz. blended mixed berries
10-16 mint leaves (depending on size)
12 lime cubes
Top with club soda
Garnish with mint sprig

Raspberry Mojito
3 oz. Bacardi Razz Rim
6 raspberries
10-16 mint leaves (depending on size)
12 lime cubes
Top with club soda
Garnish with mint sprig