RECIPE

The Adirondacker #2 Burger

I have a cast-iron plancha, which is just a big square griddle pan that I get hot over medium-high heat. I spray a little cooking spray right before I use it. It has a backsplash to the pan so as the burgers are cooking it radiates the heat and protects the stovetop from getting splattered.

Ingredients

MAPLE-DIJON ONION TOPPING

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 medium-large onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Water or chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup dark amber maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup grainy Dijon mustard

THE BURGERS

  • 2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (I use Lady Jayne, but I also love Lea & Perrins)
  • 2 rounded tablespoons prepared horseradish (I like Gold’s)
  • A handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • All-natural cooking spray
  • 4 hamburger rolls, split and toasted (we used Amy’s)
  • 8 slices bacon (see note)
  • 8 slices sharp Cheddar cheese (I use XXX from Oscar’s Smokehouse)
  • Watercress, for serving

Preparation

Make the maple-Dijon onion topping: In a large skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper. Let them caramelize for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently. You can add a splash of water or chicken stock to the onions if they get too dry. Stir in the maple syrup and mustard.

Make the burgers: In a large bowl, combine the meat, Worcestershire, horseradish, and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Score the mixture into 4 equal portions and form them into patties, making them thinner at the center and thicker at the edges for even cooking and presentation.

Coat a cast-iron skillet or griddle with cooking spray. Cook the burgers until your desired doneness. Serve the burgers on the hamburger rolls and topped with the bacon, cheddar, maple-Dijon onions, and watercress. Absolutely delicious.

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