Christian Sheehy

Burger | Pandemic Edition

I’ve been told by some (not many, but some) that this is the best burger they’ve ever tasted. I even think they meant it. As usual, no elaborate stories or feel-gooderies. Just my delicious, original recipe slightly modified for an extended stay at home. Makes 4 – 6 burgers.

You Will Need:

For the base burger:

  • High quality bakery buns (sexy) | ciabatta, brioche, pretzel, sesame, whatever your kink
  • 1 lb ground beef (70/30)
  • 4 T Carolina mustard BBQ sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T Bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Smoked Gouda slices (optional)

For optional additions I sometimes squish in (only use 1 – 2 at a time, we aren’t maniacs, right? No specific measurements listed, just do what feels good):

  • Bacon crumbles
  • Garlic powder
  • Onions, minced
  • Red pepper flakes, crushed

You Will Do:

  • Thoroughly squish ingredients together by hand or mixer
  • Form meat into 4 – 6 patties, approximately 1/2 inch thick
  • Grill (or pan fry) until medium (you can go beyond medium, but I will judge you harshly)
  • Top burgers with cheese slices one minute before removing from grill
  • Slap the cooked meat on your delicious buns
  • Top with your favorite toppings and condiments (I like radish greens or arugula and [sometimes] a fried egg)
  • Serve!

You Will Also Consider:

This is identical to my meatloaf recipe. Instead of shaping into patties, form the meat mixture into a lightly-greased loaf pan for 40 – 50 minutes (or until cooked through) at 350 degrees. You’re welcome.

* Pictured burger topped with saut├ęd red bell pepper and onion slaw and shredded mozzarella cheese.