Double Decker Burger
This Homemade Burger has two grilled beef patties layered up with all the classic burger fixings and a secret sauce on top. It’s perfect for summer grilling!
It’s always funny to me when I order a burger at a restaurant and the waiter asks me if I want any cheese, because the thought of eating a burger without cheese is like eating a cake without frosting. Of course I want cheese!
My favorite cheese for a burger is melty, cheesy Deli American. There’s a time and a place for gruyere, blue cheese, and the like, but for a burger, my cravings steer me in the classic direction. Burger cravings must be dealt with seriously and quickly, after all. Hence why you often hear people say “I need a burger” over “I want a burger.” Or at least, that’s what you’d hear me say!
The best burgers are made on the grill. I’m fortunate to live in a building in NYC that has a grill on the roof, because you just can’t beat that caramelization and char that happens with a super hot grill.
But, if you don’t have access to a grill, a good alternative is cooking them in a super hot cast-iron skillet on the stove. I do this when it’s chilly outside, but when it’s summertime, I totally grill it up.
How to Make the Best Homemade Burgers:
To get started, make the burger sauce so it’s ready when the burgers are finished cooking. It’s a mixture of mayonnaise, ketchup, Dijon mustard, pickle juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
If you have 10 minutes to spare, I recommend using homemade mayonnaise for the best flavor.
Stir it all together to combine.
Now it’s time to grill! While some people will grill the buns and burgers at the same time, I like to knock the buns out first, so I can focus on nailing the cook of the burgers. They only need a minute or two to toast.
Next cook eight 4-oz beef patties for a couple minutes on each side, then put one slice of your favorite cheese on each one just before taking the patties off the grill. That way they melt just a little bit.
I like American cheese, Cheddar, Muenster, Provolone, and Swiss for burgers. Anything melty!
To assemble the burgers, place a leaf or two of butter lettuce on a toasted bun.
Then stack up two of the beef and cheese patties.
Add a few slices of tomato.
Then add red onion, and bread and butter pickles.
Spread a spoonful of the burger sauce on the inside of the top bun.
Then put the top on.
Enjoy all summer long! Happy grilling, my friends.
Double Decker Burger
This Homemade Burger has two grilled beef patties layered up with all the classic burger fixings and a secret sauce on top. It's perfect for summer grilling!
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon pickle juice (from the bread and butter pickles above)
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 hamburger buns
- 8 four-ounce beef patties, preferably 85% lean
- 8 (3/4-ounce) slices of your favorite cheese (American, cheddar, swiss, etc)
- Butter lettuce, for garnish, optional
- Sliced tomato, for garnish, optional
- Sliced red onion, for garnish, optional
- Bread and butter pickles, for garnish, optional
- Heat the grill to 600 degrees F.
- In the meantime, make the burger sauce by stirring all of the sauce ingredients together until combined. Set aside.
- If desired, toast the buns directly on the grill, for about 1 minute, until toasted. Remove to a tray.
- Season both sides of the beef patties with salt and pepper, then cook on the grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until browned on the edges and cooked through to your desired doneness.
- Place one slice of cheese on each patty just before removing from the grill, to melt slightly. Remove the beef from the grill, then allow to rest for a couple minutes.
- To assemble the burgers, place a leaf of lettuce on the bottom bun to prevent the bun from getting soggy. Then place two cheese beef patties on top, then the tomato, red onion, and pickles. Spread the inside of the top bun with a tablespoon or more of burger sauce, then place on top of the burgers. Enjoy!
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