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Inch-Thick Onion Char-Burgers

Prep Time: 25 Min | Cook Time: 15 Min


  • 1
    Angus Ground Beef 85% Lean - 1.5 lbs
  • 2
    White Bread with Crust Removed - 2 slices
  • 3
    Milk - 1/4 cup
  • 4
    Kosher Salt - 1 tsp
  • 5
    Coarse Ground Pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • 6
    1 Clove Garlic - Minced
  • 7
    Half Large Sweet Onion - Chopped
  • 8
    Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • 10
    Parsley - 1/2 tsp
  • 11
    Garlic Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • 12
    Cumin - 1 tsp
  • 13
    Chili Powder - 1 tsp
  • 14
    Melted and Cooled Bacon Grease - 3 to 4 Tbsp
  • 15
    Vegetable Shortening - 1 tsp

Welcome to flavor town! This recipe is all about the burger patty. Big, thick, and juicy...bring your appetite! Let's dive in!


1. First you'll want to prep the bacon grease.

If you have bacon grease on hand, melt 3-4 tbsp in a skillet and set aside to let cool slightly. If you do not have bacon grease, fry 6-8 slices of bacon and spoon 3-4 tbsp aside to let cool slightly.

2. Next you'll want to prep your bread paste. Take the 2 slices of uncrusted white bread and break into small 1⁄2" pieces and place into small bowl. Add milk and let sit for 5 minutes. Mash down with fork until a paste forms. Set aside.

3. Place ground beef into large mixing bowl. Add salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, parsley, chili powder, garlic powder, minced garlic, chopped fresh onion, bread paste, and slightly cooled bacon grease.

4. Use gloved hands to mix all ingredients evenly into the ground beef. Divide into 4 even portions and form into balls. Flatten each ball to form inch-thick patties. Make center of patties thinner because it will rise as it cooks.

5. Add one fully lit chimney of coals to your favorite Char-Griller charcoal grill. This is a direct, high-heat cook.

6. Place 12" cast-iron skillet on grill grates and close lid. Allow 5-10 minutes to allow skillet to get nice and hot. Add vegetable shortening to ensure a non-stick sear.

7. Place patties in skillet. Sear 1 minute per side.

8. Remove skillet and carefully place patties on AKORN grates directly over coals. Grill 8-11 minutes flipping once.

For best results, monitor temp with instant thermometer. For medium-well, pull burgers off the grill at 150° F.

9. Let rest 5-10 minutes.

(Optional) While burgers rest, place 12" cast-iron skillet back on grill and fry your eggs with lid closed. Make sure not to over cook, you want a firm egg, but a "drippy" yolk on the inside. Sunny side up.

10. Add burger patty to your bun, top with egg, and your favorite toppings and get ready for one of the juiciest, thickest, and most flavorful burgers you've ever had!

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