There isn’t a meal more satisfying in my opinion than a hefty homemade hamburger. We started with a half pound of seasoned ground beef, added a toasted sesame seed bun, thick deli-sliced cheddar cheese, tangy homemade barbecue sauce, and loaded with fresh and sautéed veggies. This burger is awesome! Plus, we’ve added a secret technique to keep your patty from shrinking and drying out on the grill. Makes 4 XL burgers.
- 2 – pounds ground beef, 85% or higher
- 5 – tablespoons chili powder
- 1 – teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 – teaspoon salt
- 1/2 – teaspoon black pepper
In a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients well with hands or spoon. Form 4 large patties and place on baking sheet. To prevent shrinkage and to keep meat juicy, create a deep dent with thumb in the center of each patty. Refrigerate patty until you’re ready to place on the grill.
Preheat grill to 400 to 500℉ for direct cooking, then grill patties on medium heat (closed grill) for 8 – 10 minutes flipping once. Before removing from the grill, add 1 slice of cheddar cheese to each patty and allow to smoke 15 – 20 seconds.
- 4 – slices deli thick-cut cheddar cheese
- 4 – large sesame seed buns, split and lightly buttered
- 4 – large romaine lettuce leaves
- 4 – large slices tomato
- 1 – large red onion, sliced
- 1 – large pickle, sliced (optional)
- 1 – tablespoon butter, melted
Before patties are finished on the grill, brush buns lightly with butter. Place each slice, white side down directly on oven rack. Bake for 3 – 4 minutes in 350℉ preheated oven until buns are slightly browned and crispy. Remove and assemble burger with all remaining ingredients.
Barbecue Sauce Ingredients
- 1 – cup large red onion, finely chopped
- 1 – cup ketchup
- 2 – tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 – tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/4 – cup water
- 1 – tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 – teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 – tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 – heaping tablespoon brown sugar
In a medium sauce pan, heat oil and onions over medium heat until onions are very soft and dark. The darker the onion, the better the flavor! Add remaining ingredients and heat to medium/high, stirring constantly for 3 – 4 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes (stirring often) until sauce is thick and creamy. Spoon out heaping tablespoon over top grilled patty and assembled burger. Serve with fries and enjoy!
About the Cook
Mandy Pratt Quebedeaux was born and raised in Ascension Parish and is a country girl at heart. She has enjoyed cooking and creating recipes since she was a child with help from her parents, Ray and Debbie Pratt. Her grandparents, Edward and Katherine Pratt, taught her to bake and garden, for the freshest “from-the garden” ingredients. She has been married since 2000 to Jed Quebedeaux and has 2 daughters, Gabrielle and Lauren, a pot-belly pig named Amos and a Japanese Chin, Opie. She has worked in the beauty industry for 10+ years and currently is a freelance makeup artist for Lancome. She also enjoys writing beauty and food articles for The Creole.