For the Burgers:
- 2 pounds 80/20 lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt (like Lawry’s Seasoned Salt)
- 10–12 slices cheddar cheese (optional)
- 5–6 potato buns or brioche buns, toasted
For the Secret Sauce:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dill pickle juice
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill pickle
How to Make on the Grill
- In a large bowl, use your hands to gently combine the ground beef and seasoned salt.
- Loosely scoop and roll the meat mixture into golf ball size portions. You should create 10-12 meat balls from 2 pounds of meat.
- Pre-heat the grill to 400°F with the cast iron on the grill as it pre-heats. Brush with avocado oil. (See stovetop directions below.)
- Working in batches if needed, place the meat balls on the hot griddle and smash flat using a cast iron press to form 4″-diameter patties (craggy edges are your friend). (Tip: If burgers are sticking to your press, spray it with cooking spray or place a piece of parchment between the meat and press.)
- Cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes and then flip.
- Add a cheese slice to each patty, if desired, and cook for about 1-2 more minutes.
- Serve 2 patties per toasted bun with a drizzle of our Secret Sauce and/or your favorite burger toppings.
How to Make on the Stove
Follow Steps 1-2. Brush a 12-inch cast iron pan with oil and set it over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes to pre-heat. Set two portions on opposite sides in the skillet and firmly press down on them with a cast iron press (or large metal spatula) until they are about 4 inches wide. Cook the patties, undisturbed, until the outer edges are dark caramel brown. Flip the burgers and cook 1 minute. Add cheese and cook until desired doneness, about 1 more minute for medium-well. Follow Step 7.
Freeze For Later: Season the ground beef with Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and mix it in gently by hand. Loosely roll ground beef into golf ball sized meat balls. You should have 10-12 meat balls when you’re done. Place them in a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze.
Prepare From Frozen: Let ground beef safely thaw using one of these methods. Follow Steps 3-7.