L.A. Burger

Total Time:
17 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
7 min

Level:
Easy

Directions
  • Bobby's Perfect Patty

  • Shape 6 ounces of 80 percent lean ground beef chuck into a uniform patty, no more than 3/4 inch thick (don't overwork the meat). Make a depression in the center with your thumb so the burger won't bulge; the indent will rise as the patty cooks. Preheat a grill or cast-iron grill pan to high. Brush the burger with canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until golden brown and slightly charred, turning once (7 minutes for medium-rare). Avoid pressing with a spatula! Add cheese for the last minute of cooking.

  • Cheese

  • Your pick: Monterey Jack is a California favorite, but Bobby loves this burger with cheddar, too.

  • Avocado Relish

  • Avocado is one of Bobby's favorite ingredients. He mixes 2 chopped Hass avocados with 1/2 diced small onion, 1 minced jalapeno, the juice of 1 lime, 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper.

  • Watercress

  • L.A. doesn't do iceberg lettuce, so Bobby tops off the burger with this peppery green instead.

  • Tomato

  • One thick, juicy slice takes the place of ketchup.

  • Photograph by Steve Giralt


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