I love a good burger. Frequently I make them with turkey in an effort to be healthy and because I very much like a turkey burger. Often I top them with fancy things like smoked cheeses and sauteed mushrooms, sometimes honey mustard, other times pesto and arugula. But this is my (our) favorite classic burger. Not gourmet, but special enough to get excited about.
We start with grass-fed beef mixed with a homemade fry sauce (easy! and soooo good). I form the patties into balls and then smash them thin as they cook on a flat grill pan. I take them off the pan just before they’re cooked through, and then top with a slice of cheddar to melt. Sometimes I’m lazy and just buy store bought buns, but if you can find the time these light brioche buns are amazing and worth the effort. Place the patty on a toasted bun, top with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and more fry sauce. Devour. You’ll likely have extra fry sauce so save it for those fries you serve on the side.
- 1 lb. ground beef (I buy 85% lean grass-fed beef)
- 2 Tbsp. fry sauce (see below)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. plain Greek yogurt (or more mayo)
- 2 Tbsp. ketchup
- 1 1/2 tsp. juice from a pickle jar
- 1 tsp. yellow mustard
- 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder