The Burger Bar

Total Time:
35 min
15 min
20 min

4 burgers


Preheat a large cast-iron skillet to medium hot. Take a few paper towels and fold them several times to make a thick square. Blot a small amount of oil on the paper towel and carefully and quickly wipe the hot skillet to make a nonstick surface.

Season the ground meat in a bowl with salt and pepper. Give it about 3 turns in the bowl with your hands or a big spoon and it's done. Shape into 4 patties. When the skillet is hot, put the burgers on the skillet and cook 4 minutes on the first side and 5 for the second side for rare; 7 minutes per side for medium, adding the cheese during the final minute or 2 to melt. Remove the burgers to a plate. Rub the skillet with the folded paper towel again to clean it. Then toast the buns cut side down for about 1 minute, just to mark them. Serve the hamburgers in the buns with the accompaniments below.

Sauteed Mushrooms:

Saute 1 pound thickly sliced mushrooms in 1/4 cup olive oil with 2 sliced garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves over super-high heat until nicely browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in a couple of drops fresh lemon juice to brighten the flavor.

Caramelized Onions:

Heat 2 tablespoons unsalted butter with 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add 2 onions, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook slowly until well caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes.

Thickly slice 2 pounds red and yellow beefsteak tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and 1/2 bunch chopped fresh chives.

Bacon with Rosemary:

Lay out 1/2 pound sliced bacon on a baking sheet, strip leaves from 1 sprig rosemary and throw them on top with lots of cracked black pepper and roast at 400 degrees F until the bacon is crisp, about 10 minutes.

Herbed Horseradish Mayonnaise:

Stir together 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish, 1/4 cup freshly minced herbs such as parsley, basil, chives or scallion, 2 tablespoons olive oil, a little squeeze of lemon juice, and salt and pepper.

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My family loved the burgers. They said it was the best even though I over cooked them. I loved the tomato chive and onions along with the horseradish mayo! First time I oven baked the bacon and plan on doing it again. I would go for a more sturdy bun as the Orowheat sesame seed bun fell apart. item not reviewed by moderator and published
without a doubt a must treat for family. enjoy : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful! Have done this many times now, it's always a winner! My only critique would be the burger patty... it needs more! I add loads of stuff to my ground beef (sauteed onions, a dab of A1, a sprinkling of garlic powder, an egg, a dash of soy sauce, a grind or two of pepper, a dash of salt, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce... they are so tender and juicy it's unreal! Enjoy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
without question it was the best burger i've ever had! item not reviewed by moderator and published
LUCKY ME! On a visit to my meat market in coastal Carolina to pick up some pork last week, I passed by the ground beef counter and saw many packages which blended (50% / 50% brisket and round. Talked to the Butcher and he said it made the best burgers. (and it was only $2.99 a lb.. I came home and found this recipe and followed the recipe to a tee first time with onions and bacon... FANTASTIC. Next time I added a tablespoon of DIJON mustard to the carmelized onion a minute before they were done and boy were they a fantastic alternative to other toppings. If onions are your favorite part of the recipe,try it this way... I will never search for another Burger recipe Again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum, Yum, YUMMY. This was a lot of fun. I never put together an array of hamburger toppings before, but my nephews LOVED it. The hamburger was SO DELICIOUS. Everyone had fun assembling their burgers, the toppings were so delicious. My five year old neice who is the pickiest eater I know, declared she would eat the whole thing and she DID. This is a TOTAL crowd pleaser. And the meat is so juicy. I had them grind up the brisket at my Wegmans. I Definitely recommend it. This was the first time I ever had heirloom tomatoes (which Tyler suggests using in the video for this dish but strangely NOT in the recipe and I had to make a special trip to Whole Foods to find them. They were around three dollars each! I think regular tomatoes would have worked well, too. I served this with homemade french fries which came out PERFECT and were all gone, along with the burgers. I used Guy Fieri's Double Fried French Fries recipe. Thanks Tyler, for an awesome recipe and idea! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best burger EVER! OMG - We used carmelized onion, swiss cheese, rosemary/pepper bacon, heirloom tomatoes, horseradish mayo, and sesame seed bun. Unbelievable - Only way I will ever be able to eat a burger again! S P O I L E D! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was by far the best burger I have ever had! The only thing we did differently was use regular ground beef.. All of the toppings were delicious. Will be making this again very soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy. Remember you don't have to make them as big, I only used 1/4 lb. beef & made 2 flatter burgers that fit our mouth then used less of everything else too. There is an Article as well as Video here to help you pick meat and make this if you missed the show. I'm going to try these toppings on other every day stuff like cube steak. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These burgers were absolutely fabulous. My husband and I just ate them and the flavors were amazing. I followed the recipe to the T except I used regular ground beef and a beautiful multicolored heirloom tomato. I totally stuffed myself and my husband is in the kitchen right now scooping up all the leftover ingredients. You know it's something when then french fries are ignored!! Will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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