Classic Cheese Burger with a Special Sauce

I have a weakness for a good cheeseburger. Most of the time my go to is a bacon cheeseburger, but there are times that I crave just a simple, tasty cheeseburger. There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s really all about the patty, the cheese and the bun right? This classic cheeseburger definitely satisfies those cravings.

The secret to a great hamburger is the most important item…the beef. I like to use ground beef that is 80% lean and 20% fat ratio. The fat in the beef is what makes the flavor. I wanted to keep it simple and just used salt and pepper, then patties are cooked in a cast iron pan until the edges are a little crispy, but that sweet spot in the middle is still nice and juicy. Then there is the melted provolone and cheddar cheese, pickles and then it’s topped with a special burger sauce. This sauce combines the usual condiments… mayo, ketchup, mustard and a few other tasty ingredients that make this mouthwatering burger complete. All of this on a nice sesame seed bun. Now I really want a cheeseburger.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

For the Burger

*1 to 1 1/2 lb ground beef

*sliced provolone and cheddar cheese or any other cheese that you prefer

*salt and pepper to taste

*sesame seed hamburger buns

For the Special Sauce:

*1/4 cup mayonnaise

*2 TBS ketchup

* 2 tsp mustard

*1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

* 1 tsp onion powder

*1 tsp garlic powder

*1/2 tsp dried dill weed

In a small bowl mix all of the ingredients together for the special burger sauce.

Refrigerate until ready to use.

Form the ground beef into 4 patties. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat a cast iron pan to medium high heat. When the pan is very hot add in the patties.

cook for about 3 minutes then flip them over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes more.

Top with the cheese and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for another minute or until the cheese is melted.

Place on the hamburger buns and top with the special sauce.

Serve and enjoy!

English Muffin Cheeseburgers

I love a good cheeseburger and I’m always trying to find a way to make them a little different. These cheeseburgers came about when we had some leftover English muffins. Why not replace the usual hamburger bun with an English muffin? The result was a simple, but tasty burger smothered with melted, gooey American cheese, topped with ketchup, tangy mustard and pickles all nestled between a toasted English muffin. You can’t go wrong with that.

Here’s what you need:

*1 LB ground beef

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*1 1/2 tsp. onion powder, or more to taste

*1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, or more to taste

*1 tsp. paprika

*1/2 tsp salt

*cracked pepper to taste

*sliced cheese; I used white American cheese

*English muffins

In a large bowl combine ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper.

Form into 4 patties.

As you can tell, my patties are never perfectly round, but I think that’s what gives them a little character.

Heat a cast iron pan to medium high heat. Add the patties to the pan.

Cook for about 5 minutes then turn them over.

Cook for another 3 minutes for medium rare burgers or 5 minutes for medium burgers. If the burgers seem to be getting too done too fast, turn the heat down to medium.

Place the cheese on each patty and cook for another minute or 2 until cheese melts.

Take the patties out of the pan and place on a plate, tint with foil to keep warm.

Toast the English muffins.

Place the hamburger patties on the English muffins and top with your favorite hamburger toppings.

Serve and enjoy!

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers with Sautéed Onions

I was craving a burger over weekend and really wanted to come up with a burger that I have never made before. As I was looking thru my pantry for some ideas, I found a bottle of BBQ sauce. Well, then I knew what I had to make and this is that burger. It has a nice juicy beef patty topped with melted American cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce and sautéed onions. If you are looking for a burger that you can eat on the go or while you are busy multitasking, this is not that burger. I will warn you, this is a bit of a messy burger, but it is so worth the use of extra napkins.

Here’s what you need:

*1 small yellow onion, chopped

*1 TBS butter

*1 tsp. olive oil

*1 LB or ground beef ( I used an 80% to 20% meat to fat ratio)

*1 1/2 TBS BBQ sauce (I used KC masterpiece original, but you can use any kind)

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce

*2 tsp. onion powder

*cracked black pepper to taste

*1 tsp. salt + more for the sautéed onions

*bacon, 2 slices per burger, cooked

*sliced cheese; I used white American cheese.

*ketchup (optional)

*mustard (optional)

*sliced dill pickles (optional)

*hamburger buns

Heat a small sauce pan to medium high heat; add butter and olive oil.

Add the onions and salt to taste to the sauce pan.

Cook for about 1 minute, then turn the heat down to medium low. Continue cooking for about 15 to 20 minutes stirring occasionally until onions become soft and a light golden brown.

While onions are cooking, in a large bowl add ground beef, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, pepper and salt.

Mix until combined, but do not over mix or the patties will not be as tender.

Form into 4 patties making an indentation in the middle. This will help the patties to cook evenly; set aside.

Heat a large cast iron pan to medium high heat. When the pan is very hot, add the patties to the pan.

Cook for about 5 minutes then turn them over. Cook for another 3 minutes for medium rare burgers or 5 minutes for medium burgers. If the burgers seem to be getting too done too fast, turn the heat down to medium.

Place the cheese on each patty and cook for another minute or 2 until cheese melts.

Remove from the pan and place on the bottom slice of the hamburger bun. Add bacon, onions, BBQ sauce, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. I will admit, I forgot to take a picture of building the burger, but I was so hungry for this that I completely forgot.

Top with the the other half of the hamburger bun and enjoy!

Cheese Stuffed Chorizo Burgers

This burger is definitely for a cheat day. This is similar to my Chorizo Cheese Burger with Guacamole, but twice the burger and oozing with cheese. This will satisfy all your burger cravings. You might want to have some extra napkins handy when you dive in, but great burgers are supposed to be messy right?

Here’s what you need:

*1 Ib ground beef; I used 80/20

*1/2 Ib Mexican chorizo; casings removed

*2 TBS Worcestershire sauce or more to taste

*2 tsp onion powder or more to taste

*2 tsp garlic powder or more to taste

*1/2 tsp.coarse salt or more to taste

*hamburger buns

In a large bowl, add all ingredients except for the hamburger buns.

Mix just until blended.

Shape into 6 equal portioned patties. Place two slices of cheese over 3 of the patties. If you want a smaller burger, then divide into 8 portions, but you might have to cut the cheese slices in half so they will fit onto the patties correctly.

Place another patty onto the cheese slices. Seal the edges together to completely enclose the cheese.

This prevents all of the cheese from oozing out during cooking.

Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat. When pan is hot, place patties into the pan.

Turn the heat down to medium if pan starts getting too hot. Cook for about 5 minutes or until bottom of the patty is brown. Turn over and cook about 5 minutes more or until they are done to your liking.

Remove from the pan, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Place on a bun then top with your favorite hamburger toppings and serve.

Cheeseburger with Guacamole, a Fried Egg and Cilantro Mayo

This burger was more of my hubby’s idea. He doesn’t cook, but he can come up with some really tasty ideas for a meal. It’s a nice, juicy cheeseburger with guacamole, topped with a fried egg and a cilantro mayo. This is definitely a two napkin burger.

Here’s what you need:

Cilantro Mayo:

This was for 3 serving

*1/3 C. mayonnaise

*1 tsp lime juice

*1/2 tsp. hot sauce; or more to taste

*1 tsp. garlic powder; or to taste

*1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

*1/8 tsp white pepper

*1 1/2 TBS chopped cilantro

Guacamole:

*1 large avocado or 2 small ones

*juice of 1 lime

*onion powder; to taste

*garlic powder; to taste

*1/2 tsp salt; or more to taste

*chopped cilantro (or dried); to taste

*1/2 small red onion, diced

*1 Roma tomato; chopped

For the Burger

*1 LB ground beef (preferably 80% lean and 20% fat ratio)

*1 TBS Worcestershire sauce ; or to taste

*2 tsp. garlic powder; or to taste

*2 tsp. onion powder; or to taste

*1 tsp. salt; or more to taste

*sliced cheese; I used Colby Monterey Jack blend

*1 egg per hamburger

*hamburger buns

For the cilantro mayo, make this at least 30 minutes before serving, this gives the flavors to come together. In a small bowl add mayo.

Then add rest of the ingredients for the cilantro mayo. Mix well.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the guacamole, follow the recipe from here: Chorizo Cheese Burger with Guacamole, then mix in the onion and the tomato.

Place a piece plastic wrap onto the guacamole and covering the bowl. This will keep it from turning brown for a short amount of time; set aside.

In a large bowl, place ground beef and add Worcestershire sauce, onion and garlic powder, and salt.

lightly mix together, making sure not to over mix or beef will be tough.

Form in to patties making an indentation in the middle.

Heat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat. When skillet is hot add the patties.

Cook for about 5 minutes or until a crust forms on the bottom. Turn over and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.

Place cheese slices over the patties and cover the skillet.

Continue cooking for about 1 minute or until cheese melts. On a side note, yes, there is one patty that is not dressed for the party….you know there is always that one person who has to be different. Gotta love them any way.

Place patties on a platter and cover loosely with foil.

In the same skillet, drain off some of the fat and turn the heat down to medium. Crack eggs into the skillet, salt and pepper the eggs to taste. The eggs will cook fast. I like mine sunny side up (yolks facing up and not turned over while cooking), but if you prefer over easy, turn them over for a few seconds then remove from the skillet.

While eggs are cooking, toast the hamburger buns.

Place patties onto the bottom buns.

Spread the guacamole on top of the patties, then top with the fried egg.

Spread on desired amount of the cilantro mayo onto the top bun.

Place on top of the patties. Serve and enjoy!