Double Cheeseburgers with Crisp Pancetta and Special Sauce

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Special Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • Fried Pickles:
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 24 dill pickle chips
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Cheeseburgers:
  • 12 thin slices pancetta
  • 2 pounds ground beef (80/20)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 slices processed cheese, such as Velveeta Slices
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 6 leaves iceberg lettuce
  • 6 seedless hamburger buns, split and lightly toasted
Directions
  • Special equipment: a deep-fry thermometer and 18-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet

  • For the sauce: Stir together the ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and steak sauce in a medium bowl, and set aside.

  • For the fried pickles: Add the breadcrumbs, onion powder, paprika, cayenne and salt to a large re-sealable bag, and shake to combine.

  • Add the pickle chips to the bag, shake to coat. Remove them from the bag and spread on a baking sheet.

  • Heat a cast-iron skillet with 1 inch of oil to 350 degrees F.

  • Add the pickle chips to the skillet in batches and fry for about 30 seconds per side or until golden brown.

  • Remove the pickle chips to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and reserve.

  • For the cheeseburgers: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F, and prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Arrange the pancetta on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the pancetta until golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.

  • Add 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the beef in a medium bowl and mix well with your hands. Press the meat in one thin layer on a 18-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet.

  • Use a knife or pizza cutter to divide the meat into 12 square patties.

  • Grill the patties on one side until halfway cooked, about 3 minutes.

  • Flip the patties, top with a slice of cheese and continue cooking until cooked through and the cheese begins to melt, 1 to 2 minutes more.

  • Build each burger in a split bun as follows: patty, schmear of special sauce, slice of pancetta, 2 pickles and repeat. Top with the tomato and lettuce.


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