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Sunny's Brisket Burger

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 burgers
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Ingredients

Patties:

1 pound ground brisket

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

Coarsely ground black pepper 

Layers:

4 tablespoons salted butter, melted

1 medium red onion, sliced paper thin 

4 slices American cheese 

4 slices pepper Jack cheese 

Buns:

2 tablespoons salted butter, melted

4 hamburger buns 

8 to 12 pickle slices 

2 cups finely shredded lettuce 

Yellow mustard, for topping

Directions

  1. For the patties: In a large bowl, gently mix the brisket, salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Make into 4 equal-sized patties.
  2. For the layers: In a cast-iron pan on medium heat, add the butter and then the red onions in 4 piles. Immediately place a patty on each mound of onions and gently press to settle. Cook until the onions char a bit, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip each burger, keeping the onions with them so that they now rest on top. Cover and cook until desired doneness. Transfer the patties to a plate and immediately top with the American cheese first, then the pepper Jack. Cover with aluminum to allow the cheeses to melt.
  3. For the buns: Wipe out the pan and keep it on medium heat. Butter the outsides of the buns, then place them buttered-side down on the pan and cook until toasted, about 2 minutes.
  4. Place a patty on each bottom bun and top with pickles, lettuce, a squirt of mustard and the top bun.
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