Memphis Beale Street Burger

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 small shallot, finely chopped

2 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon Neely's Dry Rub seasoning

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons salt

Freshly ground black pepper


6 brioche buns

6 slices pepper jack cheese

12 slices smoked apple wood bacon, fried crisp

1/2 cup Neely's "Secret Sauce", recipe follows

1 pint cole slaw (recommended: Neely's Cole Slaw)

2 beef steak tomatoes, sliced

Neely's Secret Sauce:

1/3 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons buttermilk

2 tablespoons BBQ sauce (recommended: Neely's BBQ sauce)

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, break up the meat with your hands. Add the chopped shallot, garlic, Neely's Dry Rub, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper, to taste. Mix with a wooden spoon until thoroughly incorporated. Using your hands, divide the meat into 6 equal balls. Flatten them into patties and use your thumb to create an indent in the center of each burger. 
  3. Grill the burgers, uncovered, for 3 minutes on the first side. Flip and continue cooking for another 3 minutes for medium-rare, and 4 minutes for medium. Remove from grill and immediately top with the cheese.
  4. Butter the buns and place on the grill. Toast for about 1 minute and remove from grill.
  5. Build your burgers by topping with the bacon, Secret Sauce, coleslaw, and tomatoes. Add onion rings if desired.

Neely's Secret Sauce:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in s medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving, allowing the flavors to develop. Can be made a day ahead.

Cook’s Note

This indent will help the burgers from puffing up while you grill them.

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