Diner Burger


A few weeks ago I watched an Ina Garten “Barefoot Contessa” episode with Laurant Something or Other (Tourondel) featuring his Backyard Burger; although I don’t know why it’s called the BB as it is grilled, inside. I immediately fell in love with the simplicity of his recipe as well as his ‘secret sauce’.

As I’ve stated before, I am not a great BBQer. And frankly, after a long day’s work, and carting the last of the Houligans to various activities, the last thing I want to do is come home and fire up the Weber. And unsuccessfully, most likely.

So I love a good home cooked burger, much like you’d get at a diner. A pared down, nothing fancy, good old-fashioned burger.

This is it.

It’s beauty lies in the simple, yet high quality ingredients with prime ground beef, beef-steak tomato, iceberg or butter lettuce, some thinly sliced red onion and a slice of dill pickle, and in my case, a slice of Kraft American ‘cheese’. Scrumptious.

Recipe for 1 serving:

Homemade Hamburger Bun (see post)
7 oz. prime ground beef (not to exceed 20% fat)
Secret Sauce (see below)
Tomato, thickly sliced
Red onion, thinly sliced (soak in cold water for 20 minutes to cut the ‘bite’)
Iceberg Lettuce or Butter Leaf Lettuce
Dill Pickle slice
Slice of cheese (I used Kraft American cheese)

Form meat into a patty. Coat lightly with softened butter. Salt and Pepper.
Throw onto a pre-heated cast iron griddle. Cook 4 minutes per side for medium rare. Add the cheese about 1 minute before removing from heat to melt.

After removing the burger, place buttered buns face side down on griddle until golden brown. Remove. Slather bun with special sauce. Layer on burger, and remaining items. Serve immediately.

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So, so, so mouth-wateringly delicious! The perfect grilled burger at home!


About ktheidtke

A single mother of 4, narrating the everyday.
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