2 In The Kitchen: Chef Paul Corsentino Cooks Up The National’s Famous Ugly Burger

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Let March Madness begin!

To mark the madcap mayhem motivating many men, Chef Paul Corsentino of The National stopped by the CBS 2 studios to get grilling for the big games.

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Ugly Burger


  • 8oz Ground Beef Patty (preferably chuck, brisket, short rib blend)
  • 1 thinly sliced Tomato
  • 2 leafs of bib lettuce
  • 1 slice of pickled red onion
  • 5 pieces pickled jalapenos
  • 5 pieces pickled kirby cucumber
  • 1 slice Gruyere cheese
  • 1 tablespoon NTL burger sauce
  • 1 onion roll bun, sliced in Half


On a grill or hot sauté pan cook the patty until desired temperature (preferably medium rare), and place the slice cheese on the top of the patty until it melts. Toast the bun and place one piece of lettuce on the bottom of the bun and the top of the bun. Next place the burger on the bottom followed by all the pickles, the sauce, the tomato and the top of the bun.

Burger Sauce


  • 2 Cups Ketchup
  • 1 Cup Japanese Mayonnaise
  • ½ Cup BBQ
  • ½ Cup A-1 Sauce
  • 1/8 Cups Dijon Mustard


Combine all ingredients and mix with a whisk until well incorporated.

Pickled Red Onion


  • 2 Cups Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick.
  • about two red onions sliced thinly


Mix vinegar, salt, sugar, star anise and cinnamon and bring to a boil. Once the pickling liquid is boiling, pour the liquid over onions and cover. The pickled onions are ready once the onions are cooled.

Pickled Jalapenos


  • 2 Cups Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1.25 Cups Sugar
  • 8-10 Jalapenos


Mix vinegar, salt and sugar together in a pot and boil. Once liquid is boiling pour over Jalapenos and cover. Once Jalapenos have cooled they are ready for use

Pickled Kirby Cucumbers


  • 1 Cups Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1/8 Cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Tumeric
  • 1 Tablespoon Coriander Seed
  • About 5 Kirby Cucumbers sliced thinly

Mix vinegar, salt, sugar, Ground Tumeric, and Coriander together in a pot and boil. Once liquid is boiling pour over Jalapenos and cover. Once Jalapenos have cooled they are ready for use.

  • Cora Bell

    The condiments sound different, good. Most burgers, wherever, are some type of lettuce, tomato, pickle. Claim to be different but are not. Only the sauces are different. Everything needs to be different. May not be so pretty it’s the’ taste that counts.

  • New Jersey Man

    Heart attack on a bun!

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