The Windmill Chef Masa Burger Iron (Nambu / Nanbu)
A few months ago there was a video circulating on Youtube. A movie about legendary sushi chef Masa Takayama. The man behind the first Japanese restaurant in the US with 3 Michelin stars. But the video was not about sushi, no, about burgers!
Takayama prepares the burgers (one a lamb burger with taleggio and the other a beef burger with white cheddar) using special tools built just for him. Made from nambu - a famous hardware that is native to Japan. The search was on! But such tools could not be found. So what do you do then? Then you can make your own Chef Masa tool!
The trick is to let both sides of the iron get really hot first. Then place your burger on the flat side of the iron. Your cold burger on the hot iron ensures that the burger is seared and that it stays nice and juicy. Turn it over so that the other side is also seared and then comes the trick that makes this iron unique. The spikes.
Once your burger is brown on both sides, close the iron so that the burger is skewered. The excess fat can escape through the holes on the sides and it also ensures even cooking.
An excellent burger, ready in minutes.